HAMMOND | Marvin Alvarez is the first member of his family to attend college. He also works part-time and plans to graduate this spring from Ivy Tech Community College in Michigan City.
The Hobart resident graduated from Hobart High School in 2010 and heard of WorkOne through the International Community Alliance of East Chicago, the force behind his medical technology studies at Ivy Tech.
He sought help writing a resume, since he had never worked because of his busy school schedule. “I did not know where to even begin with my resume. Everyone needs help every now and then. It doesn’t hurt to ask,” he said.
Alvarez met with Erica Cardenas, a bilingual WorkOne representative available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays at Su Casa inside Heritage Hall, 4506 Tod Ave. in East Chicago.
Known for its job training programs, WorkOne often partners with companies seeking employees specifically through its program, and offers interview and resume writing training, tuition assistance, GED testing and career planning.
Alvarez took advantage of the resume writing and job search training at the WorkOne Hammond office. He received help building a resume and learned what businesses look for in employees. He also became acquainted with a job search tool that alerted him to local work opportunities.
“People our age think if you don’t have work experience, you won’t be able to find a job. This isn’t true, because you can always be molded into a good worker. It’s always good to have an open mind and learn new things,” he said.
Alvarez landed a job at the Merrillville's International House of Pancakes as a server.
“I am grateful for WorkOne because, without them, I wouldn’t be working. It makes me feel good about myself that I am able to be independent," Alvarez said. "I accomplished this on my own by getting help. Now I feel more confident for my next job.”
Call Hammond WorkOne for job openings in NWI at (219) 933-8332 or visit www.gotoworkonenw.com.