Jamie’s Story: Realizing Personal Potential
By the time he came to the Downtown Eastside Employment Services Centre, Jamie had been struggling to find a steady job for over 10 years. At the time, he was working in a casual part-time position and living in a shelter home. Simply making ends meet each month was a challenge. His community network was limited, and he lacked confidence in his abilities and interview skills. All of this contributed to a cycle of overwhelming anxiety, to the point where Jamie could no longer afford food or shelter.
“It turns out that Jamie had always been interested in cars, but never found an opportunity to explore those interests.”
Desperate for change, he came to the employment services centre in the hopes of finding work and improving his living situation. He met with an employment advisor, and they began talking about Jamie’s interests and skills. It turns out that Jamie had always been interested in cars, but never found an opportunity to explore those interests. From there, Jamie’s employment advisor looked for relevant work, and found an opportunity with Mr. Lube.
Well aware of Jamie’s interview anxiety, his employment advisor worked with him to customize his resume by matching Jamie’s skills to the responsibilities of the position, and set up a preliminary conversation with the manager at Mr. Lube. After that, a mock interview was arranged to better prepare Jamie for his official interview. With the support of the Open Door Group team, Jamie attended the interview—and aced it. He received tremendous feedback, and was hired on the spot.
“Now, Jamie can pay his cell phone bill, afford food and housing, and continue to get his life back on track.”
Jamie was offered five days of training, and—after passing—began working as a Mr. Lube employee.
Jamie had finally achieved his goals. Now, he can pay his cell phone bill, afford food and housing, and continue to get his life back on track.