Albany, NY (October 21, 2010) -
Richard Miller is no longer one of the long-term unemployed. The former manager had been out of work since October 2009. He spent that time pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, and utilizing the services of the One-Stop Career Center in Binghamton, known as Broome-Tioga Workforce New York.
His efforts paid off this past Monday when he woke up and, for the first time in a year, got ready for work! Miller landed a job at Scorpion Security Products, in Binghamton as the Director of Business Development. Miller says, "The feeling that Monday was awesome. I felt alive again. I'm incredibly grateful for this new home, a career opportunity, and look forward to contributing with the same passion Scorpion Security Products does!"
Throughout his unemployment, he received help and guidance to get back on his feet by visiting the local One-Stop Career Center in Binghamton.
Like most job seekers looking for an extended period of time, Miller said his search at times left him discouraged. "The Career Center staff provided a vehicle for resources and support. It gets pretty discouraging. That's why you need a cheerleader out there and that's what they were for me."
His new employer, Pete Gulick, President/CEO of Scorpion Security Products, Inc., says he took advantage of the On-the-Job Training (OJT) Grant program. "New York State's On-the-Job Training Program is a terrific opportunity for employers to find quality individuals to fill a specific need, while also taking advantage of hiring incentives offered by the State. Richard Miller came to us through the program and has had an immediate, positive impact in his first week of employment. I believe programs like this can help bring highly qualified individuals to companies searching for specific and even general needs. Plus, the personnel that manage this program for the State of New York have been very responsive to our needs. They effectively presented the various incentive programs available so we could make a qualified decision. The OJT Program is a great program for prospective employers".
OJT allows businesses to apply for funds to train employees while they work. The funds are made available to the State under the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
New York State Labor Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner urges job seekers to take advantage of the free services provided at its 81 One-Stop Career Centers throughout the state. "I have traveled all over the state listening to the unemployed and hearing their stories. The one thing I always tell them is that the first step in finding a job is to come to one of our One-Stop Career Centers. We want to help them become success stories like Richard Miller," said Gardner.
These One-Stops provide services such as job search and placement assistance, skills assessments, resume help, labor market information, career planning and training assistance. Job seekers can meet with job counselors to work up a career plan that fits their individual needs and skills.
Job seekers can also participate in various workshops provided at the One-Stops, which include topics such as how to network, upgrade computer skills, interview, prepare for a job fair or craft the right resume.
For a list of One-Stop Career Center locations go to the Labor Department's web site at: www.labor.ny.gov
For more information on the On-the-Job Training Program email us at: StateOJT@labor.ny.gov
To contact the Broome-Tioga Workforce New York check out their web site: www.broometiogaworks.com