Journey to Employment

If you’re on the job hunt and looking for some general tips, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center is here to help.

If you’re on the job hunt and looking for some general tips, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center is here to help. Not only will this blog give you insight into what many employers will be looking for in an employee, but it will also give you the resources you need to qualify for better opportunities and higher pay. Our services are meant to give people just like you the opportunities they need to live their best lives.

Here are the top six things to consider while on your journey to employment:

  1. Attitude is Everything
    Nowadays, businesses are more likely to hire someone under qualified with a kind, upbeat attitude over hiring someone who’s qualified but has an off-putting personality. It’s true! That’s why it’s so important to show up with a positive attitude throughout every part of the employment journey. Leaders understand that you can train someone to do a job effectively, but it’s hard to teach people how to have a better attitude. Better yet, a positive attitude will help make the job hunt less stressful and more enjoyable.
  2. Think About Connecting With an Education Coach
    Connecting with an education coach is a great idea if you’re looking to apply for jobs you may be underqualified for when it comes to education or language barriers. At Mary Rigg, our education coaches can help you improve your chances of landing a job through the following educational opportunities:

High School Equivalency Classes (formerly GED)
These classes are a judgment-free zone for those looking for support while practicing and testing for the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam. This exam is designed for out-of-school youth and adults looking to receive the equivalent of a high school diploma. While a diploma isn’t always necessary, sometimes further education is needed to land that better, higher-paying job. Many companies look for a high school diploma or equivalent when hiring to get a feel for the following:

– To see if a person has the skills to complete a project

– To tell a person’s level of maturity

– To determine if a person can follow directions and rules

English Language Classes
English Language Learners is a series of classes we offer to those looking to overcome language barriers and improve their English speaking skills. Here in the U.S., being able to speak fluent English is a necessary skill for many jobs. This is because English has been recognized as the national language of communication, and being able to communicate effectively with all kinds of people makes you more valuable in the workplace.

  1. Look Into Our Employment Enrichment Services

We are proud to provide several training programs for those seeking a new career field. Not only will you gain new knowledge and skills through this program, but participants will also receive support from our employment and financial coaches to walk with you on the path toward your new career. We can offer a bridge to the following careers:

– Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
– Certified Phlebotomist
– Clinical Certified Medical Assistant
– Certified Pharmacy Technician
– Certified Billing/Coding Specialist
– Material Management
– Welding

  1. Seek Out Helpful Resources

Even with the right education and skills, it can still be difficult to find a job. Mary Rigg can help point you towards valuable resources, and we even have a few of our own to ensure you’re well taken care of while looking for a position. Some of our helpful tools include the following:

Opportunity Youth Program

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 24, our Opportunity Youth (OY) Program can give you the support you need to reconnect with education, employment, self-awareness, and self-sufficiency. Our team of coaches will help you develop education, career, and financial goals and guide you every step of the way through your education and career process. We can help you find employment and earn your certification in:

– Healthcare
– Construction
– Warehousing/Logistics
– Information Technology

Job Leads

Our job leads board offers a list of jobs generally focused on, but not limited to, the manufacturing, medical, pharmaceutical, retail, and hospitality spaces. We specifically cater to these job leads because they are the main areas in which we provide training for adult learners. If you have a job lead you’d like to share with us, please let us know! We post new job leads every other week and would be happy to accommodate.

  1. Up Your Computer Literacy Skills

We’re living in a digital world, so the more you know about computers the better. But you don’t need to be a tech genius to develop beneficial computer skills! We’re offering a special series of six computer literacy workshops where you can learn the basic computer skills necessary to help you stand out when applying for jobs.

  1. Invest In Yourself Through Employment Coaching

Once you have the knowledge and skills to land a great job, you’ll need to make sure you’re ready for what comes next. At Mary Rigg, we can help you prepare for interviews and even help you build your resume. Our employment coaching services empower unemployed and underemployed individuals to seek out better opportunities for themselves and their families. We will assist you with:

– Resumes and cover letters
– Interviewing skills
– Online job search strategies
– Connecting to education and vocational training opportunities


We’re Here For You

No matter where you are on your journey to employment, the Mary Rigg team is here to offer undying love and support. If you’re an Indianapolis resident seeking help, hope, and better opportunities, our personalized services are a great place to start!

Experienced staff members are available to help create a personalized individual plan to get you on the path to employment success.  Please explore our different programs and call 317.639.6106 extension 1 for more information.