Challenge: I believe my major hiring challenges were lack of experience in certain areas professionally, my resume and cover letter formats, dealing with long online applications, and applying for jobs that I may not have been fully qualified. During this time working with an MSCCN representative, I did work full-time and was in school full-time, so another challenge was making time for targeted resume writing and job searching.
Assistance Received: From the very first week of applying for assistance, I received immediate contact from Jenna either by email, phone, or text. When we did our mock interview, it was the first “interview” I had done in 5 years. Jenna went through each question as if it was a real interview and at the end went through each question and gave me tips and alternate ways to answer questions. I had no idea how much had changed in what employers and hiring managers were looking for as far as resume writing and interview techniques. Jenna checked in with me weekly, if not two or three times weekly. She continually sent me job announcements and resume writing tips. Every time I sent her a targeted resume to review, she had nothing but positive feedback for me and would suggest areas that needed to be changed as far as wording and formatting. I am truly appreciative for all the work she did with me! She has truly been a blessing, and I would probably be in the same situation as a started not knowing about creating targeted resumes, proper ways to job search, and still trying to find a career-oriented job.
Results: With Jenna’s help, assistance, and resources, I have been selected as a full-time state employee! I sent her the job announcement that fit my experience and education qualifications perfectly along with my targeted resume. I think at that point I had gotten down pat how to do a targeted resume. She said it was perfect and to go ahead and apply! So, I did. It took about a month and then I was called for an interview. With Jenna’s advice and information during our mock interview, I felt pretty confident going in to the interview and when I came out. Within 3 days I heard back from them that I was selected, and they were submitting my packet to Human Resources. I honestly couldn’t believe it! It really happened!!
Value of Experience: I truly feel so blessed being able to use MSCCN’s program. I am pretty sure I would still be job hunting and resume writing in all the wrong ways if I had not gained the knowledge and skills that I have during this time with their representative Jenna Weakly. She was so awesome to work with! Always motivating me, pushing me to apply and do target resumes, and so encouraging! Without her always positive words, guidance, and assistance I would have given up way before I had landed a job. With my own success story, I am hoping to encourage and motivate other military spouses in using this program and how great of a blessing it really is!! I truly appreciate all Jenna’s hard work with me! It has paid off!!
Story by Jamie Boyle