LIMA — Rather than investing hundreds of dollars for a career coach and various other job preparation services, seniors at Perry High School received free job coaching and other services at Allen County Family and Job Services Tuesday.
Throughout the morning, students met individually with job coaches who helped them build their resumes and coached them through their career plans. Students also attended a branding session where they learned about the importance of their appearance, dependability and body language.
During one of the sessions, students discussed the results of the AcuMax Index assessment, which indicated their thought process, idea flow, their work style and how they process information. From the results, students discovered what type of work environments that they best thrived in and how to interact with people who are different than them in the workplace.
Perry senior Kara Hoelscher said that she thoroughly enjoyed the sessions because she gained more knowledge about customer service and creating and building her resume. However, her favorite session was about building a personal brand.
“Its all about your voice, your tone, the words that you use because it’s a key factor in people coming back to your job,” said Hoelscher. “If you talk friendly and have good body language and have a good conversation with them, they’ll come back.”
Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County Youth Specialist Kelly Pratt hopes that high school students like Hoelscher are aware of the free services that her agency offers because she understands the importance of building the Greater Lima Region.
“We want to make sure that these kids are coming back to us and that we have a connection now before they graduate,” said Pratt. “We want to make sure that we have that connection in place so that we can get these kids back here for summer internships and so they can hired for jobs in the community.”
Allen County Department of Job and Family Services Director Joe Patton said that he hopes this program and their services help with the population decline that Lima has been experiencing over the past 15 years.
“The only way to move that curve up is to retain our local talent,” said Patton. “I think a lot of our local talent gets out of the area because they think that there is nothing here for them. We want to show them that they’ve got people plugging for them.”
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