Finding a job — and keeping it — means more than simply submitting a resume and showing up at work. We asked people who are featured in our Syracuse Jobs Matter project to share what they think makes them more employable.
Talivo Salley: Do everything
“I do everything I can. I will clean, I will go outside, I will shovel, and I will do the trash. It’s no problem. So, when I do climb that ladder, they can never say, ‘well, I never saw you do it.’ What you can say is that I was one of the best that ever did it. That’s the goal that I basically try to set for myself because I got two boys looking at me. Get up, go to work and earn a living the right way.”
Francine Whitman: Believe
“I am a firm believer that, considering where I was a year ago, I was homeless, living outside, with no children, and not a whole lot of hope — that if you start with your small successes and build upon them, you can really get anywhere you want in life. I mean, I can’t stress this enough. … My point is that, if you want to do anything, you can do it if you apply yourself, and believe in yourself and surround yourself with people that believe in you.”
Louis Rodriguez: Be positive
“I’m always trying to be positive. I don’t have bad habits. I hardly drink. I don’t smoke cigarettes. And I’ve never used drugs at all. I’m into health and hygiene. I gotta be neat. I like to be organized. … I kinda avoid being surrounded by negativity. ... I’ve been into health and keeping my body in shape. And I say I got a lot of energy and I take care of myself pretty good.”
Emmanuel Flowers: Communicate
“I believe in commitment, I believe in communication, I believe in opportunity. Not exactly in that order, but I believe if you give someone an opportunity to communicate with you, they will be more committed to your business. If you find someone who is committed to your business, you need to communicate and offer better opportunities. I believe that if someone communicates with you, they need an opportunity to be committed to your organization.”
NaDonte Jones: Persevere
“It’s hard, but exhaust every resource you have. You might have to do things you said you never would simply because of pride, but as long as you take that into consideration, and as long as you keep pushing, you’ll be all right. Whether it’ll be enough to let you do everything you see everyone else doing, you can’t really say that, but if you keep doing what you need to do you can eventually get to that point. The other thing is, you can have one job that you need to support yourself and one that you actually love, so that at some point you can keep working and leave the one and just do what you love.”
Lanika Mabrey: Maintain relationships
“Maintaining current relationships and people who could refer you, write letters of recommendation. That’s like the baseline of employment relationships. And then connecting with someone that could give you some good support with a nice solid resume and just like help you highlight the skills that you are trying to sell.”
Bennie Mae Rucker: Be grateful
“I’m grateful for this job and this position because it has been a little time before I got here that I was unemployed as well as homeless, and so just being back in the workforce no matter what the wage is — I’m grateful for it.”
John Collins: Keep up
“I work on my computer skills and my communication skills. I am trying to keep myself refined so there’s no room for employers to overlook me.”
This is a drop-in resource for job seekers: Participants are invited to work independently and can receive help with resumes, cover letters, references, creating job profiles, job- searching and applications. No appointment necessary.
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