FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phoenix, Ariz., (July 26, 2016) — Finding meaningful work just got a little easier for thousands of Arizona residents when Goodwill® of Central Arizona and Valley-based non-profit Career Connectors announced today they would enter into partnership to help better serve those in career transition in the greater Phoenix area.
Goodwill, with 19 no-cost career centers across the Valley, has been extremely successful at helping local jobseekers find employment. Their career centers are funded through donations and Goodwill retail stores.
Career Connectors, established in 2008, has served more than 24,000 mid-level professionals with three monthly networking events featuring face-to-face meeting time with quality hiring companies and free resources including career coaching, resume writing, LinkedIn coaching, and professional business portraits.
With the new partnership, Goodwill and Career Connectors will pool data and resources to provide an even greater impact on the collective workforce initiatives in Arizona.
“Career Connectors allows us to expand our reach to help mid-to-higher level professionals,” explained Richmond Vincent, Senior Vice President of Workforce Development for Goodwill of Central Arizona. “We are excited for the opportunity to assist professionals with their job search. We work with hundreds of Valley employers each month and know our partnerships will be beneficial to all involved.”
Career Connectors Executive Director, Jessica M. Pierce, is thrilled to partner with Goodwill. “They have such a strong brand and positive image in the community. It will be a blessing for us to have Goodwill play a role in the sustainability of Career Connectors, co-host more job fairs, and possibly expand free networking events to the West Valley.”
One of the goals for the partnership is to “capture” the impact the Career Connectors events and resources have for the job seeker. Historically, Career Connectors has collected limited data via a registration process, but hasn’t had the infrastructure to implement a post-event follow up or a “landing” status report.
With Goodwill on board, the two entities hope to build metrics and expedite job searches by providing jobseekers new skills, expanded resources and a hopeful experience for each and every job seeker served, Pierce said.
For information, careerconnectors.org or goodwillaz.org.
About Goodwill of Central Arizona
Founded in 1947, Goodwill of Central Arizona is one of the oldest nonprofit agencies in Arizona. With 70+ locations, donating and shopping at Goodwill means you’re fighting unemployment and promoting a sustainable environment. Last year, Goodwill helped place more than 42,000 Arizonans in local jobs with hundreds of local employers. Each year, Goodwill diverts millions of pounds of material from going directly into Arizona landfills. It all adds up to one huge benefit: the betterment of our community. To learn more about our mission and services, visit: www.goodwillaz.org.
About Career Connectors
Career Connectors mission is to connect professionals in career transition to hiring companies and quality resources by hosting three no cost job seeker events per month at three Valley locations (Chandler/Gilbert, Phoenix and North Scottsdale). At each event Career Connectors showcases hiring companies, and offers free services including educational opportunities, DISC assessments, resume review, LinkedIn professional business portraits, networking tips, and interview coaching. In the past seven years, the organization has served over 24,000 job seekers. For more information or to register for an upcoming event, visit www.careerconnectors.org.