CGLA September 2013 Newsletter

 

YPB Members Prepare Clients for Getting Hired

 

On Saturday, June 29th CGLA’s Young Professionals Board (YPB) hosted our first “Getting Hired 101” event for a group of our Criminal Records and Client Support Services clients! The YPB created a workshop that would help clients with basic preparatory skills for seeking employment, including how to write a resume and access to appropriate clothing for an interview. The event was a huge success for our 21 clients who participated while working with three esteemed members of our YPB; Chanda Rice of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg; Myra Mormile of Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP; and Mada Wilburn of Hertz Donlin.

Bridgette Ratcliffe, a career counseling partner from Higgins & Carter, LLC, led a 90-minute workshop on resume-writing skills in a highly creative and interactive format. Participants were highly engaged and asked pertinent questions such as how to format a resume, what to include and what not to include, and how to best represent oneself when addressing gaps in job history.

Our participants then split into two groups, one of which attended a brief seminar given by our Equal Justice Works Fellow, Cynthia Cornelius, on how to deal with “the box” on applications that asks the question about past criminal history. The other group met with our volunteers to revise their resumes in a one-on-one consultation. Then the groups switched so that all participants were able to take part in each of these activities.

Our dedicated workers included volunteers from our YPB, Board of Directors, and Community Partners: Lauren Doerries of United Airlines, Racquel Gill of LaSalle Street Church, VyShaey Mitchell , Clerk to Hon. Franklin Ulyses Valderrama of The Circuit Court of Cook County, Stacy Newhuis of Triton Digital, and CGLA staff members JaShawn Hill, Dierdre Johnson, and Joseph Mole.

Everyone shared a lunch generously sponsored by Kelly Drye & Warren, LLP, and was able to peruse the Business Clothing Closet, provided by donations from partner organizations, YPB members, staff, and others affiliated with CGLA. JoAnna Robie, a Custom Tailor at BALANI Custom Clothiers, also donated a carload of suits, dress shirts and ties on behalf of BALANI! Each of our participants for the day was able to leave with at least one interview outfit.

By the end of the event, our participants were excited, motivated and grateful for all that they had learned and received from “Getting Hired 101”! Noting the high turnout and positive responses, we’ll be hosting similar “life skills” courses once per quarter around other issues relevant to our clients.

Thanks to all who took part in making this event such a success, and to all of YOU who allow us to continue this work!

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