Returning to the workforce after retiring can be a challenge. With changes in technology, knowing how to find and apply for jobs can be difficult for many older adults. Today, job seeking requires computer skills, internet access, and knowledge of employment-related websites to find work opportunities. At Goodwill, we have the training, resources and staff to help people find jobs no matter their stage in life.
Geri E. walked into one of our Workforce Connection Centers (WCC) in February of 2019, seeking support in returning to the workforce after being retired for a year. Geri was looking for an entry-level position with a company that cared for the community; she wanted to be a part of something that gave her joy and purpose, in a fulfilling role that allowed her to grow with the company.
The WCC staff helped Geri access employment opportunities, update her resume, and connect with organizations that were not only reputable, but also served the community. A local zoo was identified as a potential great fit for Geri.
Geri attended an onsite recruitment event for the zoo held at the WCC in April of 2019 and applied for multiple positions that fit her skills. Just one month later, she was offered the position of Motor Tram Driver. Geri has checked in with the WCC staff, on multiple occasions, to share how happy she is and how impressed she is by the zoo’s culture. She is thrilled to be learning so much in her new job and hopes for a long future with the zoo.
Geri is just one of the many older adults we have had the pleasure of helping at our Workforce Connection Centers. Our WCCs bridge the gap between the job seeker and local companies, and provide an array of services including resume assistance, job preparation workshops, access to computers and other technology, job leads and employer recruitment sessions. WCCs are completely self-funded by Goodwill and services are provided at no charge to anyone seeking help finding a job. Currently, Goodwill operates three WCCs in metropolitan Chicago.