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Tuesdays Together Recap

Posted by meganmoriarty on January 28, 2010

After our first Tuesdays Together was a huge success we couldn’t wait to do it again this week! This Tuesday night we had 26 neighbors join us for dinner and a continuation of our conversation from last week — looking for jobs.

That’s a heavy topic, so we tried to start light by pairing residents up to talk about their favorite jobs.¬† They ran the gamut — from teacher’s aide at Langley Park elementary school to computer programmer to soccer referee!

Isabel and Margarita share stories about their favorite jobs

Then we started to share specifics about what jobs people are looking for and what they see as the barriers to finding employment. This generated an interesting list and a good discussion about how to deal with situations like no one calling you back after you submit an application or leave your resume. Together, we brainstormed ideas about how to follow up with prospective employers and I’m glad I took notes because we came up with some really good suggestions!

Alpha and Marcos

My highlights from the night were:

–Miguel getting Doris (who works at the reception desk at Montgomery Works) to come and tell us about the services available at the one-stop shop in Wheaton. He had gone there earlier in the day and wanted to make sure everyone knew that you can go there and use the computers for 90 minutes a day!

–Margarita sharing a job opening — working the night shift at Panera in downtown Silver Spring — that she couldn’t take, but wanted to see if others would be interested.

–The group encouraging Alpha to finish the last section of his GED.

See you next week in Wheaton!

One Response to “Tuesdays Together Recap”

  1. Samantha said

    What a great way to open the conversation – talking about favorite jobs!!


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