SC Works Waccamaw helps woman connect with “tailor-made” job

DBallennie Ball began an extended visit to Myrtle Beach in August 2014 from Pennsylvania at the urging of her close friends who had relocated to South Carolina a few years prior.  After taking a few months to get acquainted, Ms. Ball decided to create an account on SC Works Online Services to begin looking for work in the area. After creating her account, she came into the Coastal SC Works Center to receive assistance in completing her profile. She sat down with Career Development Specialist Mackenzie Ricard and worked to create a stellar resume that would draw employers’ eyes to her many talents.

With past experience in the human resources field, Ms. Ball was interested in obtaining work within her chosen profession.  She and Ms. Ricard searched to locate potential positions within the region that would satisfy her desires.  With very few jobs in the human resources field appearing in Horry County during the seasonal decline, this focus shifted. The two began to search for work that could broaden Ms. Ball’s existing skill sets.  An opportunity arose with Olsten Staffing, who began hiring call center representatives for StarTek, a new company in the area.  Having always been behind the scenes in past work experience, Ms. Ball was eager to gain skills working one-on-one with clients while providing superb customer service.

Ms. Ball was hired in November 2014 with Olsten Staffing to work for StarTek, but she maintained an understanding that the job would be temporary. Knowing the instability of temporary work assignments, Ms. Ball and Ms. Ricard continued searching for human resources positions. After much patience and perseverance, Ms. Ball applied for a position with Garden City Realty.  During the waiting and interviewing stage of the hiring process Ms. Ball continued to work for Olsten.  Just as one opportunity was coming to an end, she was offered a full time position as a human resources manager with Garden City Realty in January 2015 and gladly accepted.

When the Waccamaw SC Works team recently reached out to Ms. Ball, she commented: “I was very impressed by the efficiency of SC Works and the ongoing assistance provided during my job search.  Ms. Ricard was wonderful to work with and an immense help in drafting my resume and bringing potential jobs to my notice.  I would highly recommend job seekers to reach out to SC Works.”

Ms. Ball is happily employed and loving her work environment. Surrounded by warm and friendly coworkers, she feels as if the job was tailor-made just for her.