Category Archives: What’s New

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Volunteers Build a Better Life’sWork Spring Fling

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We love our parties and dances here at Life’sWork! Our clients like to take a break from the regular work day now and then and let loose with their coworkers. Our latest party gave us a chance welcome the warm weather and say we say goodbye to winter. We kicked off the new season with our Spring Fling!

Students from Sewickley Academy joined us for a day of volunteering at Life’sWork. Sewickley’s students join us for a day every year, where they help with various projects, like using their creativity to revamp our bulletin boards, or help clean and organize areas around the facility. have assisted on various projects throughout the facility.

Their Day of Service this year coincided with the client event so they were able to help us with decorating beforehand, as well as during the Spring Fling, serving food and drinks to all the partygoers.

We would like to once again thank Sewickley Academy for their service last week and wish everyone in the Life’sWork community a happy spring!


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Tips For Interview Success

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Woman being interviewed by a panel of interviewer

Finding a job can almost feel like a job itself. Updating your resume and filling out applications can be stressful enough. But that’s usually the easy part compared to what comes next: the interview.

A good interview can start the next chapter in your life, but a bad one can cut your search short.

Check out these tips to ensure that your next interview leads you to your next career.

Research

  • Learn what you can about the company to ensure that it’ll be the right fit for you and that you’d be a good fit for them.
  • Find out who you will be interviewing with and who your potential supervisor will be.
  • Make a “test” trip to the job site beforehand to ensure you’ll be able to make it to the interview on time and to imagine what your average commute may be like.

Prepare

  • Dress appropriately. Make sure you arrive dressed how you would if you had the job. Learn the work site’s dress code beforehand.
  • Bring multiple copies of your resume, references, and/or portfolio as well as a few pens and something to take notes on.
  • Switch off your cellphone and other electronic devices before entering.
  • Try not to smoke right before the interview. If possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash beforehand. Spit out any gum before the interview.

Practice

  • Look up common interview questions. Sit down with a friend and have them ask you those questions.
  • Don’t memorize answers, but formulate your thoughts and develop talking points.
  • Prepare to give anecdotal, story-based answers instead of short, one-word answers.

Engage

  • Make small talk with the interviewer, try to get to know them as a person and give them a chance to get to know you.
  • Ask insightful questions about the company to show that you are legitimately interested in the job and have done your research.
  • Thank your interviewer in person before leaving, and the follow up by phone or email.

Confidence

  • Stand tall and proud. Make firm handshakes. Wear clothes that fit and are comfortable.
  • Remind yourself that, no matter what anyone else says, you have value. You are worth it.
  • Don’t try to convince the interviewer that you are the best candidate. Convince them that you are the only candidate.

While research, practice, preparation, and more can help you have a good interview, the only thing that can truly guarantee a great interview is effort. Apply these tips and work hard toward your goals to finally land that dream job.


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Al Philips Retires After 28 Years

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It is with mixed emotions that we announce that one of Life’sWork’s longest serving and most dedicated professionals – Al Phillips – has decided to retire. We are happy for Al – for he has earned a richly deserved retirement; but are saddened because we will miss Al, very much.

Al joined what was then known as the Vocational Rehabilitation Center (VRC) in October of 1991 – and over the past 28 years Al, in his role as a workforce development specialist and instructor of the Commercial Cleaning and Custodial Services Training Course, has served this organization and most importantly literally thousands of clients with care and distinction.

Life’sWork held a luncheon on Thursday to toast Al for these years of service. Fellow staff members said goodbye to Al and shared memories of their time working together over these past three decades.

Al’s impact at Life’sWork is immeasurable and his presence here will be greatly missed.

From all of us at Life’sWork and everyone he served through the years, we would like to thank Al for his dedication to our mission and to wish him well in his next chapter in life.


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Life’sWork Clients Invited to Duquesne Basketball Game

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Love, Scherle & Bauer, P.C. was kind enough to provide Life’sWork with free tickets to today’s women’s basketball game at Duquesne University against the Saint Louis Billikens. A group of clients and a few staff bundled up and braved the cold to watch the Atlantic 10 match up at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Everyone enjoyed the exciting game that came down to the wire. Elisha, from Life’sWork, even made an appearance on the Jumbotron with her dance moves!

We would like to thank Duquesne University for the donated tickets. Community events like this provide an excellent experience for our clients to explore the world beyond their job sites and engage with our community.

If you are interested in providing a community engagement opportunity for our clients, feel free to contact Chris Phelps at cphelps@lifesworkwpa.org or at 412.-471-2600 ext. 330           


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First Customer Service Training Course of the Year Commences

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Today marks the commencement of another Customer Service and Technical Skills Training Course here at Life’sWork. This 8-week program prepares students for the working world with computer and customer service skills necessary to find a job as a customer service representative.

As always, we had a truly inspiring group of students this time around. Each student has worked hard to get this far and their dedication has finally paid off. We wish them all great success in their futures.

Are you or anyone you know interested in learning the important skills necessary to land a job in today’s working world? Life’sWork offers a Tuition Free training program that may be right for you!

For more information, contact Ed O’Rourke at 412-471-2600 x218 or at eorourke@lifesworkwpa.org


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Life’sWork 2018 Client Halloween Party

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Today may be Halloween but things started getting spooky around here last week when Life’sWork held it’s annual Halloween Party on Friday.

Parties and dances have been a staple at Life’sWork for quite some time, but in 2018 we decided to kick things up a notch with a more diverse line-up of client events that went above and beyond the typical parties we’ve been having.

Thanks to the  Autism Caring Center, we were able to provide our clients with food, drinks, and dessert for this year’s Halloween Party. Our clients were also able to enjoy some unique entertainment with the addition of cornhole, a photo booth, and the most exciting game of Bingo you’ve ever seen!

We would like to once again thank the Autism Caring Center and wish everyone in the Life’sWork community a Happy Halloween!

COSTUME SHOWCASE


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Life’sWork Business Service Division Gears Up for Holidays

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The holiday season is a busy time at Life’sWork. Our business services division takes on seasonal jobs to help local businesses with the extra workload during this part of the year. Whether it’s greeting card mailing or calendar assembly, our clients are always ready for the new challenge.

This year, we are fulfilling a job for Macy’s, one of the biggest department stores in the area. Our third-floor production workshop is packaging the gift boxes that will be given out to Macy’s customers with their holiday purchases. Macy’s is a festive place this time of the year, with thousands doing their shopping there daily. The colorful gift boxes are a holiday staple for a Macy’s patron.

If your business or organization has an extra holiday project, Life’sWork is here to help.

Our clients can assist with assembly and packaging, and our mailing department is equipped to handle every step of the mailing process to ensure your holiday greeting cards are delivered on time. This includes processing your mailing list, sorting, postage, and delivering the mailing to the post office.

Don’t let the stress of overwhelming workloads and shipping deadlines ruin your holiday.

For more information about our business services, contact Babs Sefiane at (412)-471-2600 ext. 261 or bsefiane@lifesworkwpa.org


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Life’sWork of Western PA partners with Black Locust Lumber in Sustainability

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This fall, Life’sWork of Western PA has launched a partnership with Black Locust Lumber. The new business relationship will provide our clients with the opportunity to assemble Black Locust’s wooden sustainable Proflow pavers and prepare them for production at our main facility.

Black Locust Lumber is a global company focused on green materials manufacturing a safe, sustainable alternative to traditional lumber. The company has strong environment sustainability ties to Pittsburgh; other projects include the Frick Environmental Center and the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University.

“This project opens the doors to many opportunities for people with disabilities by working with companies that are focused on sustainability in the Pittsburgh region,” said Timothy Parks, Life’sWork President & CEO. “And it furthers the agency’s vision of becoming self-sustaining by generating revenue that directly supports our programs.”


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Community Engagement Opportunity

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A group of Life’sWork clients had the chance to help out with preparations for the Emergency Nurses Association “Discover Pittsburgh” Conference. The education and networking event was held from September 26th – 29th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Life’sWork team assembled VIP bags that were given out to the guests attending the Neon Nights Welcome Party. In collaboration with the Mercy Nurse Association and Theresa Sciullo Kaufman with Eventful Event Producers, our clients spent the day out of the building working in a lively, exciting atmosphere helping out a great cause. Thanks so much to all for the opportunity!


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Life’sWork Talent Show 2018

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It was a packed house at the 2nd Annual Life’sWork Talent Show on June 22. Clients from a variety of different programs here at Life’sWork put on an even bigger variety of acts including comedy, singing, and dancing. Many popular acts returned from last year and many new ones surprised us all. We had no idea some of our clients had such talent hidden inside them and we’re glad we were able to give them a place to express themselves.

We would also like to thank Grand Canyon University for donating food, drinks, and dessert to serve to our clients during the event.