“What a great way for a business like SunTrust to give back to the community,” says Enas Bendeck, a Goodwill Employment Consultant. “They provided an opportunity for individuals in the community to have a chance to interview with an employer and work on the skills needed to land a job in today's tough job market. Everyone walked away with a smile.”
The workshop focused on various types of job interviews, interview preparation, tips for a successful interview and more. Juanita Rodriguez, a culinary school graduate, was one of the participants in the workshop. “I learned a lot today. I realized I need to thoroughly prepare for interviews,”
“As part of the community, we have a responsibility to help people and organizations prosper,” says Margaret Callihan, Chairman, President, and CEO of SunTrust Bank Southwest Florida. “SunTrust supports our community in many ways, including community development, philanthropic endeavors, and the gift of our teammates’ time, through volunteerism. We are deeply committed to the Southwest Florida community.”
The partnership with SunTrust was a natural fit for Goodwill. In addition to Goodwill’s own employment services, the nonprofit partners with other agencies frequently to provide family strengthening services, job fairs, workshops, foreclosure assistance, income tax preparation, and English as a second language courses.
In total, Goodwill provides Job-Link services at 15 locations in Southwest Florida, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Clewiston, Fort Myers, LaBelle, Naples, North Fort Myers, Pine Island, Port Charlotte, and Englewood.
“It would be wonderful if we could offer this workshop to some of our clients at our other locations,” says Madison Mitchell, Community Relations Coordinator. “This is valuable information that can really make a difference when our clients go on their job interviews.”
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. helps people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties. In 2011, more than 23,000 Southwest Floridians received assistance from Goodwill, ranging from Job-Link services to disability-accessible housing, career guidance, and the SWFL MicroEnterprise project, a small business education program.
To learn more about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, please visit the agency’s website at http://www.goodwillswfl.org.