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April 23, 2017

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Spotlight on Success

Read the stories of just some of the thousands of women who have secured positions and Made it Happen at the Women For Hire Career expo in their city

I learned that Progress Energy was going to be attending the Women For Hire Career Expo, so I knew I had to be there. I have wanted to work for Progress Energy for a long time because of their footprint and reputation in my community.The recruiters were excited to speak to me about their company and potential opportunities. I also met other professional women at the event and it was a great chance to network with peers.

Progress Energy’s recruiters LaTonya King and Sibyl Murray stood out to me because they were standing in front of their booth, smiling, and greeting everyone. They were professional and generated a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for working at the company. That says a lot.

Progress Energy places emphasis on people, performance and excellence within the corporation. The people at Progress Energy are so nice to work for and the company’s programs and initiatives are second to none. The leadership has clear goals and every employee understands their part in making the goals come true. I am excited and feel lucky to support the employees in my region because I help employees solve problems, listen to concerns and help them grow in their career. I always feel fulfilled at the end of the day.

Stacey Schwartz
Progress Energy
Senior Human Resources Representative

The recruiters were excited to speak to me about their company and potential opportunities. I also met other professional women at the event and it was a great chance to network with peers.

When I received an invitation via email to attend the Women For Hire Career Expo that was being held in my area, I was impressed by both the national and global companies that were participating. I took the time to research each company and the positions they were looking to fill. I found companies that matched my skill set and I could see myself reaching the professional goals I’d set for myself, which allowed me to prep for the expo with complete confidence.

My experience was fantastic! The morning seminar with Tory Johnson was very insightful and empowering, and it set the tone for my day.

Upon entering the main event, I approached the Regus booth. You could feel the very high energy of the recruiters. There were genuine smiles and happiness—the kind you only see in employees who really love their jobs. They realized I had thoroughly researched their company—my cover letter showed I came specifically to meet them—and my resume matched the skill set they were seeking. Our personalities meshed right away. It was clear I wanted to join their team. Now those women are my colleagues.

The best way I can say it is that my position is very challenging, fun, exciting and rewarding. When given the opportunity to talk about how I got this job, I tell anyone who’ll listen that they should attend a Women For Hire expo.


Venita Quarles
Operations Manager
Regus

My experience was fantastic! The morning seminar with Tory Johnson was very insightful and empowering, and it set the tone for my day. You could feel the very high energy of the recruiters. .. I tell anyone who’ll listen that they should attend a Women For Hire expo.

After completing four years of college at a prestigious state university with no college loans, tons of community service hours, internship and externship experience, and a very decent GPA, I found myself questioning the value of a higher education. I decided that my first job out of college – manager trainee at a local car rental company – was not the direction that I wanted to go in my career. I decided to quit that job in order to find a career that better suited my goals and dreams. Little did I know the search would last two years. Over the next two years, I became a professional job seeker. I attended numerous job fairs and went through countless revisions of my resume. I began questioning why I even attended college. My morale was low and my self-esteem was shot. In order to make ends meet, I took a part time position at a bank while I continued my search. It seemed as though I could have used those four years I spent in college to get a head start into a real career.

In April 2006, I saw an advertisement for the Women for Hire career expo in Atlanta, Ga. that would later change my life dramatically. To my surprise, there were hundreds of women in attendance. As a result of the career fair, I was hired as Consulting Analyst with Accenture and moved to Washington, D.C. I absolutely love the company and admire the fact that Accenture & Women for Hire believed in me. My advice to other women would be to have patience, resolve, and take advantage of all the resources offered by Women for Hire.

Akuba Torvikey
Consulting Analyst
Accenture

My advice to other women would be to have patience, resolve, and take advantage of all the resources offered by Women for Hire.I absolutely love the company and admire the fact that Accenture & Women for Hire believed in me.

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