Since October 2012, when the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) re-established the BounceBack Professional Network, several hundred participants have attended workshops, conversations and individualized mentor programs. BounceBack is designed to assist adult job-seekers, especially dislocated workers and the long-term unemployed, with specific advice dealing with targeted job searches, transitioning to new fields, resume development, internet jobseeker resources, and Q&A sessions with representatives of industries that are currently hiring. The workshops, offered on a weekly basis, are free although reservations are required.
The delivery of BounceBack sessions is managed by InnovateU, a career development and coaching firm. BounceBack staff always makes an effort to stay in touch with jobseekers after they participate, and in January received their first confirmed success. John Simmons, who had previously been struggling to find substantial work, started with VSP Construction Company. In an email, he expressed his thanks to workshop facilitator Frank Danzo, and stated “I really do believe [the job offer] was due to the resume you helped me with.”
Recently, another ecstatic email was received from BounceBack participant Rodney McGrew, who was offered a Business Development position supervising vertical markets for Universal Mulch Company, which recycles tires and other products. “It happened too fast...All I can say is thank you,” he wrote. “I told sales stories in the interview and other pertinent information I found very helpful and valuable in your [BounceBack] material.” As an increasing number of participants apply the lessons learned, BounceBack anticipates many more such positive results.
More information on Bounceback, including a schedule of upcoming events, can be found on SLATE’s webpage under the heading Help for Jobseekers.
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment