Free skills class helps people rekindle job search

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- You have to have skills to get a job these days. Maybe it's more education, updating a certification, or obtaining computer skills such as using email that employers expect you to have.

Danielle Young knew she was going to need help to rejoin the workforce after more than a decade out of the workforce.
 
“Oh, brother on brother,” Young said as she watched her sons play basketball over the Presidents Day weekend.
 
Young is a single mother who's been raising kids and getting by for more than a decade. But she is tired of worrying about money from Social Security or other public assistance.
 
Over the past six months, she’s entered the job game.
 
“Good afternoon,” she said to the interviewer. “Danielle Young here for the interview for the position for administrative assistant.”
 
We met Young at Maricopa Workforce Connections where she was taking a free, two-day skills class.
 
“Is it scary trying to get back in the workforce?” 3TV's Fields Moseley asked. 
 
“That is the proper word,” she said with a laugh. “Horrified. It is really scary, though.”
 
The skills class takes people through mock interviews. They practice how to sell themselves by telling an employer about actions they took that produced positive results for their last company. Keeping answers accurate, short and to the point is a way to make an impression.
 
“It's showed me some different things I didn't know,” Young said. “Things you put on your applications, things you learn in interviews, things not to say, things to say.”
 
Young learned how to use job websites and how to upload a resume that will get through the first screening.
 
“It should be literally word for word,” training specialist Jeannie Reardon said about your resume compared to the job listing. “You can elaborate a little bit more, but it needs to be on there.”
 
Young made it through the class and a round of testing. She will now apply for a grant to go back to school, and get off the bench and into the career game.
 
“I'm looking for a college to go to pursue my medical billing and coding career,” Young said. "As a parent, you always want the best for your kids. You want them to have more than what you grew up having.”
 
Young passed her adult basic education tests. She is now waiting to see if she can get a grant to go to school for a medical billing and coding career.
 
If you would like more information about the skills class, click here.