For job seekers, transportation aid such as bus passes and gas cards can be a vital means of getting to job interviews and job fairs and utilizing resources such as those offered by Goodwill’s workforce-development services. Because people are less likely to be able to afford transportation the longer they’re unemployed, most job seekers coming to Goodwill for help need transportation aid. In the past year, Goodwill has distributed 314 gas cards and 2,900 single and monthly bus passes to clients seeking jobs.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Outside of Graceland, The King's Ransom Museum showcases one of the largest collections of artifacts and personal treasures owned by Elvis Presley. Curated by Elvis historian Bud Glass and collector Russ Howe, the exhibit encompasses artifacts that span Presley's career from 1950 until his death. Highlights include familiar wardrobe pieces he donned on stage and screen, such as a custom two-piece leather suit and his massive ring from the 1972 documentary Elvis on Tour. The museum also houses large jewelry and gun and badge collections assembled by the "King of Bling," as well as the last car Presley ever purchased and other historic artifacts from his youth.
The museum also delves into Presley's private life, displaying more-personal effects such as the custom, red crushed-velvet bedspread from his Graceland home and his pajamas, whose dry-cleaning slips have been lost forever. To supplement these artifacts, Russ and Bud incorporate plenty of the King's private photos and home movies. On select days, the museum welcomes guest appearances from some of Presley's friends and colleagues, such as his Blue Hawaii costar Darlene Tompkins and his Kissin' Cousins costar Cynthia Pepper.
Actors and models have landed many a gig thanks to help from Press Talent Management & Development—everything from roles in independent films to spots in shows sponsored by L'oreal Redken and Paul Mitchell. The company's scouts have been at it for more than 12 years, and they can customize their services for established talent and first-timers alike. Said services include headshots, acting and modeling workshops, and a personalized webpage, where clients can market their skills and stay on top of the latest audition opportunities. Press Talent likewise keeps its talent abreast of local and worldwide casting calls for gigs such as TV programs, hair shows, and Grover Cleveland lookalike contests.
Rhino's Maid dispatches its teams to homes after equipping them with certified-green products and educating them on efficient cleaning methods. Before any work is performed, the technicians give free estimates with no obligation to the customer. Once given the go-ahead, duos tackle dirt and clutter in all areas of the house. They scour kitchen counters to kill bacteria and remove petrified macaroni noodles, eradicate germs and soap scum from bathrooms, and vacuum and mop floors and carpets until they’re spotless. The technicians can also perform specialized services, such as washing windows, cleaning carpets, and waxing floors to remove roller-skating scuff marks.
Denise N. Cook, MA, PHR, founder of THI Consulting, has spent more than a decade guiding people toward success in their careers and in their lives. She uses a holistic approach—and her master's degree—to determine her clients' goals and imbue them with the skills to distinguish themselves in the job market.
Her assistance can take the form of job-interview coaching, résumé creation, or wardrobe assistance. But her advice doesn't end with a client's job offer—she also specializes in contract negotiations, from annual salary to whether or not a 100 Grand candy bar should be part of a year-end bonus.