May 2016 Event: Job Readiness Seminar

In May, we held a job readiness seminar at the Harlem PAL Center where we focused on getting our participants prepared for the job search. Fig & Olive HR staff members, Barbara Romano and Melissa Santilli, talked to the participants about the importance of preparing for job interviews and making a good first impression. Their real-world experience in hiring made a big impact on the kids. Bobby Ferazi, Director of Juvenile Justice & Re-entry Services at PAL, had the participants fill out a sample job application. He then walked through it with them giving them helpful suggestions for each answer and advising what to expect when they begin applying for jobs. This was followed by some fun job interview role-playing with the PAL staff and other examples of how to make a good first impression. It was a lot to learn but a great day for the kids.