Success Story: Theotis
Many people arrive at Goodwill looking for a job, but end up finding a career instead. Such was the case for Theotis, a graduate of Goodwill’s Construction Skills Training program and current employee of the Charlotte Housing Authority.
After facing numerous closed doors to finding employment, Theotis came to Goodwill to learn how to make himself more marketable to employers. Although he had some work experience prior to enrolling in the Construction Skills Training program, the program benefited him in identifying his career goals and setting a clear path to accomplish them.
“Our program helped Theotis in several ways,” said Lisa Stancil, Business Development Representative with Goodwill. “It enabled him to obtain credentials to complement his skills and also expanded his support network tremendously. Whenever we were in a position to recommend him for job opportunities, we were more than happy to do so.”
With newly-acquired job-seeking skills and direction, Theotis quickly rebounded onto potential employers’ radars. “Goodwill prepared me to enter the workforce,” said Theotis. “For the first time, I had a functional resume and became aware of managing my finances. Most importantly, I narrowed my view of my career goals and was able to pursue jobs that met my focused interests.”
After graduation, Theotis landed a job as a Floor Technician with Crothall Healthcare. Although he was promoted twice during his employment, he did not receive a pay increase. When a position as a Service Technician at the Charlotte Housing Authority opened, Theotis asked for a recommendation from Goodwill and got the job. He has since been promoted to Service Technician II and has a clear ambition in mind. “I want to be a team leader in the maintenance field so that I can put my skills to use and also help others who need assistance,” he said. Theotis is also considering returning to school in the future, a goal he had long ago discarded. “My experience at Goodwill has rekindled my educational ambition,” he noted.
Theotis was recently awarded Goodwill’s Good Work! Award for his strides in gaining progressive responsibilities throughout his employment. “Connecting with Goodwill helped Theotis progress financially toward family-sustaining employment,” said Lisa. “He now has the resilience and drive to bounce back from obstacles and keep moving forward. He has always been sure of his ability to succeed, but now he also knows that his Goodwill family is cheering for him in the stands.”
What challenges have faced when looking for work? How did you overcome them?