Dale Sayles: One-Stop Business & Career Center a valuable resource
I have been a client of One-Stop Business & Career Center over the last six years, both as a job seeker and as an employer advancing in the accounting field. The One-Stop staff has been essential to me as I have progressed through several employment situations.
When I was first unemployed, Jim Dunkel, Career Center advisor, provided insight on the daunting unemployment benefits process. The classes offered by One-Stop helped me to make a plan for job searching and had the added benefit of group support with like-minded people.
When I opened a small business, Alice Johnson, now with NevadaCounty211, helped us hire our first employee. After we closed the business, I had to begin my own job search. Alice matched me up with a local nonprofit for on-the-job training. This was a perfect fit for me. On-the-job training was such a valuable experience, Alice met with me and my employer monthly, evaluating and setting goals for my training.
Christine Hoxsie, staffing specialist, provided help to my employer from the human resources perspective. She kept us up to date on H.R. training and answered questions as needed. When we had to lay off an employee due to downsizing, Christine visited the employee on-site to offer assistance. Through One-Stop Christine connected this employee with support and resources.
Recently, I began to look for employment once again. Allie Aguilar and Amie Weaver, career development consultants, were instrumental in preparing me for my next job. They evaluated my resume and gave me constructive suggestions. Amie conducted mock interviews with me and I learned to present myself with clarity. I know I could not have landed my current dream job without Allie an Amie’s guidance and encouragement.
The One-Stop Business and Career Center, a federally funded nonprofit organization in Grass Valley is in a state of flux while they transition to a new parent organization and new location. My observation over the years is that One-Stop grows stronger and more resourceful through these types of changes. They provide valuable services to our community, primarily to professionals who have lost their job or are looking for advancement and I am grateful for their help.
Dale D. Sayles lives in Nevada City.
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