Remarkable People, Programs and Resources for National Workforce Development Month

Nancy Evanko
Workforce Development Analyst

 

For years I’ve looked forward to celebrating the month of September – National Workforce Development Month.  I was fortunate to travel across the country for more than a dozen years connecting employers to talented job seekers; growing the workforce.

As a Human Resources professional, some of the most unforgettable moments have centered on talent acquisition.  Having the opportunity to extend an offer of employment to the person in front of you. It really doesn’t get much better when the individual wants this chance to excel, personally and professionally, and wants to do it with this organization. And if you’re lucky enough, it may be the professional dream come true for someone.  A song that comes to mind, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.”

Time and time again, I heard during these conversations, “It’s a great fit!” That expression conveys that an individual feels their values connected to the organization. They’ve found an awesome new opportunity to provide for themselves and their household. It’s the start of a new “family.”

This September, I’m much more reflective. So much has taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic.

I’ve had the great pleasure of having conversations over the last six months with employers whose organization had to rapidly pivot. And in doing so, the organization experienced dramatic growth and much success. The need for talent in this case, now urgent, and previously unplanned. Who doesn’t love a great success story in the midst of a pandemic?

Unfortunately, this is not the case for every Loudoun employer, nor all Loudoun citizens. I’ve heard the worry and fear of losing a business in an employer’s voice. And the greatest fear for some employers: not being able to keep their employees on the payroll so that they can provide for their families. I’m not a business owner, but I can empathize with the intense feelings of taking care of a workplace family.

What we do know: every Loudoun resident who wants to work is not working, for a variety of factors.  Some of these factors may, or may not be, in their control.  One easy tool that can help make a difference is the Loudoun Jobs Portal.

The portal allows you to search open positions for Loudoun-based employers. I keep tabs on this site and believe me when I say there are thousands of career opportunities to be filled by our amazing Loudoun employers — from accountants to zoning administration, senior planner, and everything in between. Your new career awaits!

Throughout September, in celebration of National Workforce Development Month, I will be highlighting the fantastic people, the extraordinary programs and the timely tools and resources which recognize the contributions of workforce professionals and emphasize events and initiatives that support job seekers and employers.

We are in this together!

 

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