2nd Chances with Transitional Jobs

The Garfield Inn, located in scenic Port Austin, was looking to hire a server/housekeeper like a lot of restaurant/motel businesses along the Lake Huron shore. Glen Roth, President, and Owner of the business interviewed an individual who demonstrated the right attitude, personality and seemed very motivated…but shared the issue and struggles of being a returning citizen trying to land a job. It just so happens that Glen had recently attended a meeting where GST Business Services Representative Sheila Rock was asked to give a brief update about any training grants GST Michigan Works! had at that time. Sheila shared the information about the Transitional Jobs – Work Based Training and Glen remembered it!

The Garfield Inn offered the position to the returning citizen, it was accepted, and we were able to write a Transitional Jobs-Work Based Training agreement. Shiela is happy to report, as is the Garfield Inn, that this person they took a chance on hiring is as of today (10/09/18) still employed there over a month after the 90-day Transitional Work Experience timeframe!

On 7/17/18, Meggan showed up at the Caro Service Center for the PATH orientation on crutches. Although she had work limitations and was only able to do sit down jobs, she did not let that deter her from applying to various places. During her job search, she was given various soft skills assignments. (ONET Summary Report Worksheets, 23 Common Interview Questions, Lifelong Soft Skills eLearning Worksheet, etc.) It was evident in the amount of effort that Meggan put into them that not only did she want to complete the assignments, she wanted to apply them to her life. In her notes, Meggan stated: “Don’t wallow in your guilt; learn from it and move on.” “Turn should, into can.” “Your brain performs better when it’s happy.” Meggan is a good note taker.

Meggan was hired through Qualified Staffing on 8/20/18 and placed at Morley Companies Inc. as a Proactive Customer Outreach (PCO) Agent. On 11/20/18, Meggan was hired in full-time making $10.00 an hour with life insurance and benefits. She met her 90 days of employment on 11/11/18 and states that work is going well.