Human Resources Management Association of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Passionate about our community, the 2008 HRMA board established a goal to be more involved in local workforce development. The 2008 Leadership Albuquerque class approached HRMA about an opportunity to partner with TeamWorks, an organization that assists single-parent women and recipients of Temporary Aid to Needy Families to overcome barriers that have affected entering/returning into the workforce. The vision for the alliance is a sustainable program that assists in local workforce development using the skills and resources of HRMA. The HRMA board embraced the concept realizing we had the depth of talent to provide the necessary tools to contribute to TeamWorks' client success. HRMA developed interviewing skills and résumé writing training, and a tool to conduct mock interviews. As a result through practice and immediate feedback, TeamWorks participants gain experience and confidence as they prepare to compete in today's job market. Since implementation in May 2008, more than 50 HRMA members have contributed over 237 volunteer hours. Furthermore in 2009, HRMA launched the joint initiative to place TeamWorks participants in a nonpaid internship working in professional organizations. Since the launch, five TeamWorks participants have been placed. One member was hired by an HRMA organization.
The Human Resources Association of New Mexico won a 2009 Pinnacle Award for this initiative.
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