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jamelr in Brooklyn, New York

47 months ago

Workforce 1 is not geared to assist people with degrees and most especially when you are older. You are told that your resume looks impressive and we will hold on to it and that's all they do. I will not say that people don't get help. My question is what kind of jobs do they get. Imagine I was told to go to indeed.com by one of their counselors.

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

47 months ago

Grant013 in Astoria, New York said: You're so right!! I spent 16 years in the private sector: legal, non profit, real estate. I totally agree. All these anti-social losers that work at Workforce, Goodwill, America Works, and the rest of the so-called "vendors" who can't even sell lemonade at a stand to save their life, are nothing more than private sector rejects. These losers wouldn't last a week in a typical private sector job.
Those Workforce1 places are "Loser Bastion." - run by losers.

There's no enlightment when one goes there. No light bulb going off saying wow that's a great idea, I never thought about doing that.

What you do say is, I should of stayed home.

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dcarr3484 in Bronx, New York

47 months ago

Thank you to everyone who has posted in regards to their experience with Workforce 1. Some of the comments are hysterically funny. Thanks for the laugh, I can surely use it. What is not funny is the deplorable service provided by WF1. Does anyone know of anyone who has gotten a job through them? When I started out with WF1 I had hopes that if I persisted something good would come from my endeavors. To date I have signed up with 4 different WF1 locations and if chasing myself counts for anything then that is all I have to show for my efforts over a 3 year period. As I am typing this post I am awaiting a reply from both a voicemail message and email sent to the same representative at WF1's healthcare center. I was told this past week about a recruitment/screening event on Monday October 29, 2012. I have not been able to receive verification on this from WF1. The administration of this program has changed hands from Seedco to FEGS yet nothing has really changed, just read the other posts. At the end of the day as was previously mentioned by the other posters WF1 has the numbers to continue to justify its existence and billing NYC for its services. I think they are required to produce the wrong statistic. If WF1 had to produce the numbers of people who they assisted in obtaining employment I don't think they would still be in existence.

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Joe Gagill in Ellenville, New York

47 months ago

Bottom line.....you can never depend on the government to help you. Just look at what happen with Hurricane Katrina. Govt is never the answer. Most of the time.

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jamelr in Brooklyn, New York

47 months ago

I was a job as a Housing Specialist and I asked about it. It was different from what I have been doing but I knew it was something I can do and since they already had my resume I thought they might have contacted me. this did not happen so I emailed and was told that they no long have that position. Not that it was filled, and what was worse it was on their web site for a week after. What I believe is that they have their people already air marked for certain positions and the rest of us don't count. Maybe we should form our own Workforce.

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Bernardette in New York

47 months ago

I know a lot of you complained about Work force1 here and many had bad experiences with them, I was one of them I attended one of their events for a position that required a valid drivers license but it did not say so in the ad I actually I cancelled another interview to attend said event and wasted half a day hearing non sense from people sitting with me just to tell you two ladies got into an argument but going back to the event I got really upset when the recruiter said I needed a drivers license for the position I told them the ad didn't state such a requirement and that's why I attended the event she just said well I'm sorry well I went home and I called 311 to complain about the Jamaica work force1 center less than 30 minutes later I had the director of the location on the phone apologizing for their mistake and all future ad did state all the requirements needed. The point I'm trying to make is that if we all take time to complain about our experiences with workforce1 maybe our voices would be heard SEND AN EMAIL, A LETTER OR CALL 311 something has to be done against this people there is individuals that really want a job and are trying everything in their power to get one and this centers are just wasting our time.

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jamelr in Brooklyn, New York

47 months ago

Like you I emailed the Mayor's office and I was contacted by one of the Directors from the Madison Ave office. I did see someone from that office. I am in agreement with you. Anyone who feels that they were treated less than politely should complain and just maybe things might change.

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alice105 in New York, New York

47 months ago

Hi, I'm 19 & I just want a crappy job in retail, will workforce be able to help me? With that, I was already a home health aid and lord knows I don't want that again crappy hours and crappy cordinators-_-

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Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York

47 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: Hi, I'm 19 & I just want a crappy job in retail, will workforce be able to help me? With that, I was already a home health aid and lord knows I don't want that again crappy hours and crappy cordinators-_-

Once they did help me get a job with burlington coat factory. But on my own, its easy to get macys, jcpenney, Forever 21 is having job fairs, and online I applied for old navy.

If you put open availability you have a better chance and exp.

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alice105 in New York, New York

47 months ago

Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York said: Once they did help me get a job with burlington coat factory. But on my own, its easy to get macys, jcpenney, Forever 21 is having job fairs, and online I applied for old navy.

If you put open availability you have a better chance and exp.

Thanks. And which workforce 1 has the better recruiting events? Do they hire you on the spot or is it a long drag out process?

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

47 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: Hi, I'm 19 & I just want a crappy job in retail, will workforce be able to help me? With that, I was already a home health aid and lord knows I don't want that again crappy hours and crappy cordinators-_-

Workforce 1, Dept of Labor, Career One Stops, and other govt agencies alike SPECIALIZE in finding crappy, dead-end, low-paying, mind-numbing jobs like the one your looking for.

So the answer to your question is YES.

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alice105 in New York, New York

47 months ago

Thanks!=}

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Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York

47 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: Thanks. And which workforce 1 has the better recruiting events? Do they hire you on the spot or is it a long drag out process?

I only went to Queens workforce1, they prescreen you with other candidates, usually group interview style. Its not on the spot. Then if your picked you go to the employer, usually the next day. Brooklyn looks ghetto, but you can still try them. Sometimes they do really dumb recruitments where you just apply online in their offices. They love to waste your time. I would advise apply directly with employers.

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Joe Gagill in Ellenville, New York

47 months ago

Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York said: I only went to Queens workforce1, they prescreen you with other candidates, usually group interview style. Its not on the spot. Then if your picked you go to the employer, usually the next day. Brooklyn looks ghetto, but you can still try them. Sometimes they do really dumb recruitments where you just apply online in their offices. They love to waste your time. I would advise apply directly with employers.

No, don't apply directly to employers. Go to the offices of your Workforce 1.

We have to keep them employed at their bloated salaries and great benefits.

If you go directly to employers then Workforce 1 will have to close their doors. And then these useless people will be unemployed like us.

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Bluetea in Texas

47 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: Hi, I'm 19 & I just want a crappy job in retail, will workforce be able to help me? With that, I was already a home health aid and lord knows I don't want that again crappy hours and crappy cordinators-_-

For crappy retail jobs try snagajob.com. Workforce One is a waste of time.

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alice105 in New York, New York

47 months ago

I tried snagajob, when I put my zipcode, it shows me jobs in Hersey -_-

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Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York

47 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: I tried snagajob, when I put my zipcode, it shows me jobs in Hersey -_-

Well, I've been looking into hotel jobs. I apply in person, most times they outsource though and wages are like 9 hourly at best starting depending on your job. And I find that I'm one of the only native english speaker-no offense to anyone.

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Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York

47 months ago

Note: alot of the ads for jobs on craigslist for workforce1 ask for years of experience. For example aeropastle- 2 years experience needed, but in reality, their own job posts says no experience needed.. so what up with that?

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alice105 in New York, New York

47 months ago

Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York said: Note: alot of the ads for jobs on craigslist for workforce1 ask for years of experience. For example aeropastle- 2 years experience needed, but in reality, their own job posts says no experience needed.. so what up with that?

That's the truth im like r u 4 real, I asked my cousin who a job through workforce, he told me just lied on his resume about working in clothing retail and now he has a job......

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alice105 in New York, New York

46 months ago

Is the security guard training through workforce 1 free?

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Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York

46 months ago

So I was searching craigslist and applebee's is hiring all positions but then it says this...

Salary is $5.00 plus tips for all positions except Cooks which is $9.00 an hour

5 dollars hourly? am I reading this wrong

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Kellie in Bronx, New York

45 months ago

I have positive and negative views my first experience was horrible back in 2008, the class was crowded the people smelled funny I had lots of complains and issues plus during lunch you would be out side for an hr people drinking and smoking I've never been in such an environment , as for the workers about 50-75% don't care any more base on the job seekers that come behavior I never got hired I never understood the place but I did get helpful training, now in 2012 unfortunately I still didn't get a permanent job I went in on the 14th of the month got an interview on the 15th and was working by the 17th, I went in with the attitude that I wasn't going to let any negative vibe affect my goal I went prepared with lunch spot a place to rest until there lunch time was over went in they announced a job I went and got it and always, always be professionally dressed you will get sent out on interviews every time they have one which can be every day and they provide metro cards as well and once hired you get a weekly for 3mnts to help you go to work. ( Words of advice pay no attention to those along side you your gaol is to get a job your goal is to gain income) I'm worth $17 an hr I got a seasonal job at half that I'm not happy but it keeps me up until I find something else with the income I need to survive and support my family.

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Kellie in Bronx, New York

45 months ago

Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York said: So I was searching craigslist and applebee's is hiring all positions but then it says this...

Salary is $5.00 plus tips for all positions except Cooks which is $9.00 an hour

5 dollars hourly? am I reading this wrong

No you got it right $5 an hr

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herv in Greensboro, North Carolina

45 months ago

I have been to some Workforce programs and they are awesome. They get at the core of what many workers who were employed for extended periods before losing their jobs need to be made aware of.

Also other programs that they provide training for are usually key to the area.

I often promote workforce because I see them as a value.

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alice105 in New York, New York

45 months ago

How fast can I get a job through them and what training programs do they offer?

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Grant013 in Astoria, New York

45 months ago

Joe Gagill in Ellenville, New York said: No, don't apply directly to employers. Go to the offices of your Workforce 1.

We have to keep them employed at their bloated salaries and great benefits.

If you go directly to employers then Workforce 1 will have to close their doors. And then these useless people will be unemployed like us.

LOL.In the New York City area, my observation is: the workforce1 coffee drinking, always eating like pigs staff are baffled by educated job seekers. The staff look greasy and unprofessional. When you have a college degree and years of experience, they look at you like you have 2 heads. They ONLY offer low wage unskilled jobs, telemarketer and commission only jobs. On occasion they have some weird sales jobs.

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Grant013 in Astoria, New York

45 months ago

Now that the train fare will be $2.50 a pop starting in March 2013, in NYC, your best bet it to avoid them and apply directly with the employers.

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Bluetea in Texas

45 months ago

Grant013 in Astoria, New York said: LOL.In the New York City area, my observation is: the workforce1 coffee drinking, always eating like pigs staff are baffled by educated job seekers. The staff look greasy and unprofessional. When you have a college degree and years of experience, they look at you like you have 2 heads. They ONLY offer low wage unskilled jobs, telemarketer and commission only jobs. On occasion they have some weird sales jobs.

LOL! Go into one and it looks like an Unsolved Mysteries marathon.

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alice105 in New York, New York

45 months ago

Yes that is so true just like I went to Vesid Access, vocational training for the disabled, it take months for the lady to do my paper work, and basically it was just a waste of time,originally I wanted to do some 6 month training program in office tech, my counselor said she could help me find a job in crappy retail, back in September, it turned to months an she just did my paperwork after all this time, apparently the only the goverment can be relied on is semi welfare.

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Bluetea in Texas

45 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: Yes that is so true just like I went to Vesid Access, vocational training for the disabled, it take months for the lady to do my paper work, and basically it was just a waste of time,originally I wanted to do some 6 month training program in office tech, my counselor said she could help me find a job in crappy retail, back in September, it turned to months an she just did my paperwork after all this time, apparently the only the goverment can be relied on is semi welfare.

Most people think that if there are deficiencies in the private sector that the gub'mint somehow takes over and that is simply not true. These unemployment programs are a good case in point.

Since they really don't have any jobs or proven paths to re-employment, they actually serve no purpose. Many agencies are like this.

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alice105 in New York, New York

45 months ago

It all sounds like BS, I went to Access VR, aka Vesid, my crappy counselor suggested I get a job in retail through them even though I originally wanted to do their six month training program for office tech, and then go to college bc it is very hard getting a job in anything in this City except HHA, which I may have to back into unfortunately, I met with my counselor in September, it dragged on for months.....and still no job.....

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Bluetea in Texas

45 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: It all sounds like BS, I went to Access VR, aka Vesid, my crappy counselor suggested I get a job in retail through them even though I originally wanted to do their six month training program for office tech, and then go to college bc it is very hard getting a job in anything in this City except HHA, which I may have to back into unfortunately, I met with my counselor in September, it dragged on for months.....and still no job.....

There are alternative solutiions but since they call cost money, nobody wants to hear them.

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jamelr in Rego Park, New York

45 months ago

I am in total agrement with you. They tell you how great your resume is and they will hold on to it and if any job opportunity comes up they will contact you, but as things goes nothing ever comes up. Maybe we should suggest a Workforce 2 that only handles BS & MS.

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Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York

45 months ago

I'm looking for a hotel cleaner job, if anyone have any connections or leads Thanks. Guys stay positive, at your trying to become productive individuals and not really on government assistance. Keep striving. Even if your on public assistance, I'm sure you can get out of it.

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Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York

45 months ago

It makes no sense to have unemployed cna's and nurses, even if they don't have experience. We need those professionals to gain experience and stop with this catch 22 bull. Watch when everybody retires, there won't be enough medical workers to take care of the elderly because "experienced" didn't want to take a chance. I even saw an article stating they were trying to close brooklyn hospitals, seriously?

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Bluetea in Texas

45 months ago

Misswifie in Brooklyn, New York said: It makes no sense to have unemployed cna's and nurses, even if they don't have experience. We need those professionals to gain experience and stop with this catch 22 bull. Watch when everybody retires, there won't be enough medical workers to take care of the elderly because "experienced" didn't want to take a chance. I even saw an article stating they were trying to close brooklyn hospitals, seriously?

You ain't seen nothing yet. My nephew is in law enforcement and he says, in just his jurisdiction, two or three people take the Smith & Wesson Retirement Plan every month.

No, you won't see this on the news. More people are interested in what Lindsay Lohan is doing today.

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

45 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: You ain't seen nothing yet. My nephew is in law enforcement and he says, in just his jurisdiction, two or three people take the Smith & Wesson Retirement Plan every month.

No, you won't see this on the news. More people are interested in what Lindsay Lohan is doing today.

Fact. This year more people in New York City will take the Smith & Wesson Retirement Plan than there were murders.

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frustrated in Jamaica, New York

45 months ago

Work force one has not been a help to me. I have an AAS In illustration and was interested in what they offered in terms of Graphic Design 12 month courses to sharpen my skills, only to find out that they no longer offer money for training in my area of expertise. The majority of the 12 month courses are in security field. They keep sending me jobs that I'm either under qualified for or way over qualified for If any at all. I've been sent job listings from connecticut ( and not at all close to transportation). There are times they send me emails saying sorry no jobs available at this time. I find If it a bit easier for those who have not attended college. The training courses they have are attached to GED programs and some (like the security training) require participants to pass a GED equivalent exam. For those of use who have one degree, it's frustrating and a waste of time. Even the few (and I do mean few) jobs listed on their web site are not worth it.

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frustrated in Jamaica, New York

45 months ago

Grant013 in Astoria, New York said: LOL.In the New York City area, my observation is: the workforce1 coffee drinking, always eating like pigs staff are baffled by educated job seekers. The staff look greasy and unprofessional. When you have a college degree and years of experience, they look at you like you have 2 heads. They ONLY offer low wage unskilled jobs, telemarketer and commission only jobs. On occasion they have some weird sales jobs.

agreed... I was told sorry we don't have anything to offer you.

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jamelr in Forest Hills, New York

45 months ago

It is time for them to expand their services to people who have degrees. Schools have career counselors whose purpose is to find internships for their students whatever their major. What is their systen for getting non-degree jobs? Why not develop a system to locate jobs for persons with degrees.

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

45 months ago

jamelr in Forest Hills, New York said: It is time for them to expand their services to people who have degrees.

They don't have the brain cells to help the college educated.

But put it in their suggestion box anyway!

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

45 months ago

jamelr in Forest Hills, New York said: Why not develop a system to locate jobs for persons with degrees.

When your there one day go up to the Supervisor and ask. You'll get that deer in the headlight look from them. That, is anyone home look!

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Bluetea in Texas

45 months ago

Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York said: When your there one day go up to the Supervisor and ask. You'll get that deer in the headlight look from them. That, is anyone home look!

Your tax dollars at work.

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jamelr in Forest Hills, New York

45 months ago

Will do.

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John in Queens Village, New York

44 months ago

I've done the workforce thing.....it's a total waste of time.the only jobs that are being created are the ones that the nimrods at the workforce center have. they are totally useless. The jobs that they are offering are menial and the process of being"pre- screened" are a total waste of time. It would be better if the companies came directly to the center, and the interview held there.

Also the reception staff are on a power trip, rude almost to the point of being nasty.

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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

44 months ago

Throw a party then close the joint down.

Anytime you take profit out of the equation performance goes down.

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well pony in Brossard, Quebec

44 months ago

Alice105 in New York, New York said: Hi, I'm 19 & I just want a crappy job in retail, will workforce be able to help me? With that, I was already a home health aid and lord knows I don't want that again crappy hours and crappy cordinators-_-

looking for part-time job from home ? person, honest for mailing
contact: wellpony@yahoo.com
thank you

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alice105 in New York, New York

44 months ago

well pony in Brossard, Quebec said: looking for part-time job from home ? person, honest for mailing
contact: wellpony@yahoo.com
thank you

What kind of job?

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alice105 in New York, New York

44 months ago

I just went to a recruitment event for Century 21, on 60 Madison ave. I did not understand what was the point of me going there if all the lady was gonna do was pass me a paper with her email adress and a link to the employer website, and if the place has Motible "Employers" supposedly hiring there, you can only do one, I still don't see why they don't have employers there? And if all they gonna is tell you apply online, what is the point of going, u can do that at home lol total BS

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well pony in Brossard, Quebec

44 months ago

just mailing enveloppes. will give details in personal email

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