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Dear Santa, I wrote a letter to you some years ago about wanting to be employed. And my wish was granted! I got a job as an office manager for a nonprofit organization, Capital Area Asset Builders.

But I don’t have to tell you the last to be hired is the first to be laid off when the money runs out.

I gained a plethora of skills on that last job. I learned a lot more about managing the phones and computers. I made sure that office supplies were always handy when anyone needed them and always stayed in budget. I always called on maintenance whenever it was needed and led conference calls to explain CAAB program to new potential clients. I greeted guests, and when a new hire came onboard, I set up his or her office before they arrived for their first day.

So, Santa, I am looking for another office manager job or similar work. I drew on more than 30 years of “Office Assistant” experience when I became an Office Manager and learned even more skills at Capital Area Assets Builder.

After CAAB, I was able to find a steady part-time job for a company called Fruitcycle until it merged with another organization called Together We Bake, a training program that gives women a second chance to learn commercial food handling and sanitation in the kitchen. I stayed employed through the merger and was able to participate in the Together We Bake training program. I passed my Sanitation License test on the first attempt last year. My hours began to dip eventually and could no longer support me, so I’ve been looking for work in the food industry as well.

Santa, I am aware that many people are going through hard times as our society keeps changing so rapidly. I hope you can help me and others who are trying so hard to find work this holiday season.