County honors journalist Nick Natario for helping people find jobs during lockdown

Fort Bend County Judge KP George declared Thursday, March 31, as “Nick Natario” Day in Fort Bend, to honor the ABC-13 journalist for his contribution to the community through the webcast “Who’s hiring”.

Rosenberg resident Natario and Michelle Castrow of Workforce Solutions (aka The Jobs Lady) launched the weekly virtual job fair in April 2020, right after the shutdown.

“Nick Natario and Workforce Solutions have been working together for the past several years to help people recover from the pandemic,” Castrow said. “Remember we had huge job losses, in Fort Bend County alone, over 40,000 people lost their jobs in March and April of 2020. So we started working together to get people back to work.”

More than 357 residents in the Texas Gulf Coast area have found better jobs through this webcast, reported Workforce Solutions. In addition, 5,105 people have applied for jobs and 890 have received interviews.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Bend County businesses and residents faced dark economic times,” George said. “Nick Natario used his platform to help people in the greater Houston area recover from mass layoffs and economic uncertainty. I want to thank Nick for putting the needs and well-being of others first by partnering with Workforce Solutions to bring employment opportunities to people in need.”

Castrow dismissed the narrative that people didn’t want to work. This webcast helped people make strategic connections and learn about new job opportunities, she said.

While people were losing jobs, new jobs were also being created by the huge increase in deliveries and curbside pickups, which opened up many jobs throughout the supply chain, Castrow said. People continued to consume the same goods and services in different ways.

Castrow reiterated Workforce Solution’s commitment to helping anyone who asks for help, stating that jobs were available for people at all stages of their career.

“People often contact us because they need an objective opinion on their resume,” he said. “That is something that we are experts in because we see that we work with companies that select candidates. We can help people practice for interviews. And all of these things, again, are free. Plus, if you’re interested in changing careers, Workforce Solutions can help you understand where the good jobs are, what training is required, we can help you identify trends in education opportunities, and we can even help you navigate how you’re going to pay for it. in terms of searching for and applying for scholarships to help you achieve those career goals.”

The Nick Natario and Michelle Castrow webcast airs live every Thursday on the ABC-13 connected app and at www.abc13.com.

juhi.varma@hcnonline.com

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