Charmanda's Story

Charmanda wanted to work as a real estate agent since she was 19 years old. When she came to Hope Works, she had done exactly that for nearly a decade. She enjoyed it because the hours were flexible, and that their was never a dull moment on the job. Whether she was getting to show new properties, or getting to meet exciting clientele, no two days were the same.

Unfortunately, Charmanda was not getting many calls at her real estate brokerage. Since she was paid by commission, she was not making enough to support herself and her children. She quickly started seeking new opportunities, but was having trouble getting interviews. She began to worry that her resume was not as good as it could be. When her neighbor across the street recommended Hope Works for our resume services, she decided to set up an appointment with one of our case managers.

Though she wanted to find another job in real estate, Charmanda decided to expand her options and worked with one of our community advocates, Kimi, to make two resumes: one for real estate, and one for everything else. Before too long, Charmanda began to notice that people were viewing the applications she submitted. After being contacted for more and more interviews, Charmanda was offered a job with a real estate brokerage.

The new position gives Charmanda not only a job, but a career - the career she has wanted since she was 19! She is able to support herself, and is excited to become an even better realtor. Because of the flexible hours, she is able to drive her kids to and from school! Charmanda was also offered a seasonal position working in a warehouse, which she plans to accept for a consistent source of supplementary income.

Like most Hope Works clients, Charmanda already brought a great deal of experience to the table. All it took for Charmanda to get her dream job was to help her advertise the experience she already had.