In 2019, Brooke came to StepUp Wilmington looking for support in her job search. Now two years later, when she needed to leave her old position for another new one, she was able to use what she learned from StepUp to snag one faster than ever. “A friend told me about [StepUp Wilmington] and thought it would be a good idea,” Brooke explained. “My job search was a loney, arduous journey. So I just thought ‘I’m going to see what it’s all about.’”
For Brooke, StepUp Wilmington’s job training was an instant fit. “They taught me so much about how to get the interview in the first place and how to conduct myself: what to say, not to say, what to wear… it was very very helpful! Everyone was so good at following up with me–it really made me feel a part of you guys. Someone told me ‘we’re all in the boat at some point.’ StepUp was available for me, and that meant so much to me.”
The first job that Brooke got through her StepUp experience was in the auto industry. “I heard about a job fair through StepUp Wilmington and the company had a booth there. I introduced myself and soon after I got a job as a receptionist there; I also got a job as an accounting associate too! It was because of their training and their telling me about the job fair that I was able to get my foot in the door.”
Brooke eventually decided it was time to set a new course.. “I immediately thought of StepUp Wilmington. I knew I needed to reconnect with you guys ASAP. And just based on following what you all had recommended I do, I found another job within the month!” Now Brooke works as a receptionist for a hospitality company. Though she’s new in the role, she’s excited that the job offers ample opportunities for extra hours.
Recounting her experience with StepUp Wilmington, Brooke shared that “it’s the best thing I ever did. I no longer felt alone. To be connected with so many great people and to be refreshed on what to wear, what not to wear, my elevator pitch; even what I already knew from before and needed a refresher on.
“Never give up. Just keep going, and give it a chance. Put your best foot forward and God will do the rest.”
If you’re like Brooke and feel like you need something new from your old or current job, contact us at StepUp Wilmington today and let us support you in charting a new course!