Q: What is your name? A: Frankie Woodruff
Q: How did you originally hear about The Job Shop? A: Online
Q: Can you tell us a little about the permanent position you’ve recently been hired into? Are you excited about it? A: I am now the Computer Lab Coordinator for the Martin Luther King / Marcus Garvey Apartments. There are 200 units in the complex and roughly 500 residents. I am not only teaching them computer skills such as using Microsoft Office, but also helping in areas such as resume creation/enhancement, using social media, and using online genealogy services. I also perform regular maintenance and backup on all of the PCs in the Lab and in the office.
Q: What do you think most contributed to your success in achieving a permanent position? A: I was originally assigned a temporary position as an Administrative Assistant at this office, and both patience and flexibility gave my supervisor and The Job Shop the time to work on getting me into this position which is a more suitable match to my skill set.
Q: Do you have any tips for readers hoping to duplicate your success? A: Take advantage of the fact that The Job Shop can give you many different kinds of assignments. Taking assignments that you would not have thought of on your own could lead you in a surprising, successful new direction.
Q: What did you find most helpful about working with The Job Shop? A: The Job Shop staff was very attentive to my needs as an employee, and to my specific work requirements. They took my requests for a low-stress, small office environment seriously and found me a great fit.
Q: What was most challenging about your job search, and how did you overcome it? A: I was worried about coming back to The Job Shop after having served five years in a full-time position. I am very glad that I decided to contact them again, however, as we were able to work with what I had learned about computers and about myself in relation to a work environment. I had realized that I was not up to a high-stress position, which many IT positions are, and I was wondering if a low-stress IT job even existed. By opening myself up to the possibility of going back to Administrative Assistant work, I ended up finding a suitable environment where I can use all of my IT skills.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add about your experience? A: The Job Shop staff has always been extremely professional and a true pleasure to work with. I would (and have) recommend them to anyone seeking temporary or permanent employment.
That's it from Frankie! Have any questionsabout what it means to work with The Job Shop? Ask them in the comments!