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BWCC Partners with DLLR’s POAC to Match Quality Candidates with Job Opportunities

Frustrated with on-line job applications? Stymied in your efforts to connect with potential employers? Searching for a means to jump start your job-seeking efforts the old-fashioned way – face-to-face, person-to-person? “Search” is the operative word here, and that’s just what four professionals are currently doing.

They are participating in S.E.A.R.C.H., which stands for Seeking Employment and Resources with Chamber Help. It is a pilot program developed this year between the Maryland DLLR Professional Outplacement Assistance Center (POAC) and the BWCC. Working together, the two organizations create opportunities for exposure and outreach by engaging participating job seekers in volunteer activities related to the Chamber’s work. These can range from researching and writing articles/background information on legislative issues to contacting current Chamber members to develop profiles of their needs or participating in the development of programs sponsored by the Chamber.

“BWCC assists by getting the professional profiles of our S.E.A.R.C.H. volunteers to our members through our blog, newsletter and at Board and other committee meetings,” said Walt Townshend, BWCC President and CEO. “Their volunteer activities help them maintain their professional edge while highlighting their skills to potential employers.”

The four professionals in the program are the first to participate, and their combined expertise and skills make for a dynamic contribution to developing the program and supporting materials for the 23rd Annual Government Procurement Fair, sponsored by BWCC and scheduled for November 19 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt.

Here’s a snapshot of what each brings to the table:

Benton Komins, an attorney, has extensive experience in higher education/scholarly research, in addition to other fields. He is known by colleagues, clients and managers for providing successful, creative and strategic approaches to problem solving.

Anne Mason, a hospitality, events and training professional, is experienced at managing projects with multi-dimensional details and targets. With strong relationship-management and communications skills, she has a reputation among executives, colleagues and clients for informative and persuasive presentations.

Phillip Morgan is a small business executive and entrepreneur with proven results from collaborative leadership. Consistently successful in identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities, he built a start-up operation to $750,000 in sales in the first year.

Therese Yewell is an accomplished government and public affairs professional with extensive experience in writing/editing, communications and project management. Her varied career also includes lobbyist, published author, speech writer and foreign correspondent based in Athens, Greece.

“We are so excited about our first class of SEARCH participants. We have every confidence that the success of these four stellar volunteers will pave the way for replication by other chambers and workforce entities.” said Nancy Fink, Assistant Director of POAC, who worked with Walt to develop the program.



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