Take Time To Plan For Your Future STORY BY COLLEEN RIORDAN PHOTOS BY MIKE PETERS SHOT ON LOCATION AT: LUNA CAFÉ
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“I can tell you, people are not lazy,” says Sandy Duckett, CEO of We Are HOPE, Inc. “People want to have security, and that means a good paying job that isn’t going to end in six months to a year and has benefits. They don’t want to worry about healthcare insurance. They want to be home with their families; they want to be good caretakers. They want to work.” Be Smart About Education is a program created by the local nonprofit We Are HOPE, Inc., which operates one of Wisconsin’s Job Centers and provides career counseling for those seeking employment or a career change. The Be Smart About Education program bridges the gap between employers and jobseekers by analyzing gaps in the marketplace and teaching applicants about the path toward specific careers. Duckett’s experience as the former Vice President of College Advancement at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Development has given her a unique view into the current state of our job market. “I find it fascinating that when employers say that they can’t find anybody or that there’s such a job shortage,” says Duckett. “So many companies today use [software] that takes less than ten seconds to evaluate a resume for keywords. So I ask, ‘let’s be honest, what are you actually looking for? Why do you think that perfect candidate is already out there when it can take up to six months to learn how to do job?’” “We have some great employers in the area that provide that six months
Green Bay, WI. YOU Magazine. March 2017.