"I am happy about my job. I like all of the people I work with. Yes, I like my job, because it’s fun to work with everybody. I enjoy working.”
Those are the words of Stacy, who along with her co-worker, Brenda, began working last fall at The Bluffs, a not-for-profit skilled nursing facility in Columbia. Stacy continually expresses her love for her job and the people she works with.
Congratulations to these employees, both of whom now work as dietary aides.
In their new positions they work closely with The Bluffs Food Services Director, Joyce Fenner.
Ms. Fenner played a key role in making these important connections between employer and employee.
Fenner worked closely with ACT Career Services Program Supervisor Fontella Jackmon-Jones to document and describe the job responsibilities and tasks, the working environment, the pace and level of autonomy, the skills needed, and the individual characteristics of successful employees in these jobs. This analysis is key to ACT Career Services' success in placing employees.
ACT Career Services works with a variety of job seekers to achieve their employment goals, while assisting a broad spectrum of local employers with their recruitment and retention needs. The personalized services job seekers and employers receive through ACT Career Services pays rich rewards for businesses and employees alike.
Stacy isn't alone in viewing her work as a success. Ms. Fenner agrees: "I am very pleased with the talent that ACT brought to The Bluffs Food Services Department. The training and support provided by ACT staff is above and beyond my expectations. We definitely have formed a long lasting relationship with this organization.”
That long and lasting relationship is one that extends beyond the Food Services Department. The Bluffs has been a strong community partner with ACT Career Services for many years. "We've successfully placed several job seekers at the Bluffs in different departments over the years," said John Savage, ACT's Director of Employment Services. "One individual has been working at the Bluffs for more than five years."
Meeting the recruitment needs of local employers depends on more than the understanding and guidance of ACT Career Services. The desire, commitment and preferences of the job-seeker are essential.
Brenda remarked, “I had a good experience working with ACT. But I never thought I would get back to work. I came back to the employment world and it made me stronger.”