LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Lee Easterling is a regular at HELP of Southern Nevada.
"I come here as opposed to going anywhere else because I know I can get the help that I need," said Easterling.
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Easterling is relatively new to Las Vegas, after moving from Philadelphia a year and a half ago. And like hundreds of thousands of Nevadans, finding full-time work has been a challenge during the pandemic. But his goal is to land the right job, a job that has longevity.
"I'm looking to land a job that I can go right on into retirement with," Easterling said.
That's why he utilizes HELP of Southern Nevada's Work Opportunities Readiness Center. Among other things, the center hosts workshops, support groups, one-on-one personal and vocational counseling, training, leadership development and help with finding jobs and keeping them.
"We're just here to support them with the process they need to do to get where they want to go," said Cecelia Hillman, a trainer with the center.
Hillman said helping people with every step of the job-hunting process is incredibly rewarding.
"It's actually my natural skill set as an advocate. It makes sense why I am happiest when I'm with the clients we serve," she said.
That genuine care for the people like Easterling goes a long way. So much so that when Easterling was applying for a job last month, he came straight to HELP.
"I was trying to get a security guard position and everyone did everything they could to further my cause so how can you beat that?" said Easterling.
Easterling said he was a bit too late for that position but will be ready for the next. His dream job? Allegiant Stadium.
To learn more about the Work Opportunities Readiness Center, go to helponv.org and submit a form online. The programs are free and many can be done virtually.
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