“ Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.” –Monkey Business
Carmen is bubbly, feisty, and makes friends with everyone she meets. Over the past few months Carmen has volunteered with Careerlinx, a non-profit organisation that is committed to empowering the unemployed and under-employed through job facilitation. For the past two years Carmen has been unemployed and looking for a permanent position, while still trying to support her mother and five year old daughter.
That all changed on her birthday last month, when Carmen was hired to work at Nylon and Conveyor Components in Pinetown. She works in the front office handling the office administration, communicating with customers over the phone, completing invoices, and assisting with transport and those who work in the shop.
Carmen is thankful for her new job at NCC and loves it and the people she is working with. Careerlinx was also able to provide Carmen with new clothes for work through a generous donation. As part of a Mandela Day project, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry decided to donate clothing to unemployed individuals who are either looking for work or just starting a new job through Careerlinx. This wonderful donation allowed other individuals like Carmen to have new, professional clothes for interviews and work.
We have been successful at finding numerous placements for our candidates since 2012. We trust that Carmen is one of many individuals who will find permanent employment through the empowerment of this non-profit organization in years to come. Beyond just finding people employment, Careerlinx is committed to community upliftment and social development of people.
“ We empower people by interviewing, assessing and capturing candidates, focussing especially on entry level candidate, onto a database. One the key aspect of Careerlinx is that we find opportunities for the unemployed at all levels with prospective employers by strategically approaching employers on their behalf. We believe in people like Carmen, who want to overcome their circumstances and be given a second chance to rebuild their future.
As far as overcoming challenges are concerned, we realise that we are in a place in South Africa where there is a large disparity between rich and poor in our socio-political landscape. We are trying to grow and strengthen our middle class by empowering the unemployed and the underprivileged, including disabled candidates. We have implemented a skills development project to educate candidates on basic entry workplace skills on subjects such as maths, English literacy and work ethics,” says Rachel Engelbrecht, Executive Director of Careerlinx.