Future workers get leg up

first_imgAny student from the district’s high schools can apply for the free program through their school’s career center, Schubert said. The Montebello Gang Diversion Task Force awards five $500 scholarships at the end of the three-week program. This year, Mervyns department store will award an additional five $100 gift cards for students to spend on an interview wardrobe. During the evening classes that take place in the Town Center mall, students participate in active exercises that simulate real-world situations, Schubert said. One such activity are mock interviews with real store owners or managers. “Sometimes \ will use them as actual interviews,” Schubert said. “Some students have been hired right on the spot.” Indeed, GameStop assistant manager Quetzal Salcido said his store was one such employer. “We hired someone from the \ program and he turned out to be really great; actually he’s one of our best staff members,” Salcido said. “He was referred to us by the teacher. He’s very reliable, always does what we ask, has great customer service skills … we’d use \ again for sure.” The basic rules for job-seeking that most adults take for granted give Kristina Olivas confidence she won’t trip up on the small details. “I wanted to learn more about how to fill out applications better and how the process works,” said Olivas, 16, a Schurr High School freshman. “It’s helped me be more outgoing and I learned to talk to people more and ask more questions. I never used to ask questions.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Dressed in smart business attire, 36 students on Wednesday listened to David Rudin, owner of The HQ Army-Navy Store in the Montebello mall, explain what he looks for in a potential employee. “I don’t want to see the guys’ cracks,” Rudin told the giggling students. “I want to see the pants pulled up, a tie on, a dress shirt. I want to see serious people.” Rudin also reminded the students it was normal to be nervous when approaching a job interview, but to try to relax and remember “it’s only a person on the other end.” The program kicked off its 13th annual three-week session last month and will end with a graduation banquet June 8, with city officials in attendance. Organized and funded by the Montebello Town Center, the program targets a variety of students, including Advanced Placement students, English learners and some special education students, said class moderator and Schurr High School social studies teacher Sterling Schubert. In order to eventually become a doctor, Blanca Flores knows she must overcome her painful shyness and land her first job this summer. But with no work experience, she felt unprepared to present herself for job interviews while exuding the necessary confidence to stand out in the inevitable crowd of fellow applicants. That’s why the 18-year-old Schurr High School senior signed up for the We Care for Youth job training program offered at the Montebello Town Center. “It’s taught me how to not get too nervous,” said Flores, who plans to attend Cal State Los Angeles in the fall to study biology. “It helped me get over my shyness and be more outgoing. It’s cool because the guest speakers are business owners who give a lot of tips on what they’re looking for.” last_img read more

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