We continue with part two of our "Help Wanted" series. Like many here in the Concho Valley, finding a new job has not been an easy task.
A local woman with over 15-years of experience in the healthcare industry has been searching for a job for several months now, after being laid off.
She shares her story with us...
"I've been in the healthcare for going on 17 years, and I just didn't think it was going to take me this long to actually find something," Sulema Magallan said.
Sulema Magallan is one of many in the Concho Valley searching for a new job. She has almost two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, but one day the lives of Magallan and her co-workers changed almost instantly.
"I never thought that was going to happen, never in my mind," Magallan said.
In November, the State of Texas closed down the medical clinic she was employed at. Now, almost four months later, Sulema remains unemployed.
The problem is not that there is not jobs available; the issue may be that the income is not ideal.
"The income, it was really good. Now I can't even say that it's half of the income cause it's not."
Each month, Sulema and over 4,500 others in the Concho Valley utilize the services Workforce Solutions offers.
"I did not know that this place even really existed, and that there was so much help here," Sulema says.
Magallan says the job application process has changed quite a bit from what she was used to in the past.
"Some just want resumes. Some want the resumes and applications, but for me to actually go into somewhere and fill out a paper, no. I have not done that[...] I mean at least when you go in and you're filling out the paperwork or you have the application somebody actually gets to see you. I wish we could go in and do a paper, I really do."
Many programs like the 'Workforce Investment Act,' offered by Workforce Solutions, provides Sulema with the opportunity to attain additional training and certification.
Sulema's story is one that can be shared by many women in the area. She's the mother of a 17-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter.
"We don't go out to eat, and we don't go shopping very often."
Next week we will discuss the effects the Oil Industry has had on the workforce within the City of San Angelo's Departments, including critical public safety positions.