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How WorkOne Northern Indiana Transformed a Job Seeker’s Journey!


Finding a job after a long period of unemployment can be challenging. For Miles Kidder, a 28-year-old physics graduate from Indiana University, it felt almost impossible. But with the help of WorkOne Northern Indiana, Miles's story turned from struggle to success.


Miles Kidder’s Story

Miles had been jobless for over a year and was feeling very discouraged. On his father’s advice, he decided to try WorkOne Northern Indiana. Initially skeptical about a government agency's effectiveness, he was surprised by the supportive and helpful staff.

"I was very discouraged. I did not have high expectations for a government agency and my first day was my longest. I sat waiting to see someone for what felt like several hours, but I was committed to making this work and stayed."

After a few visits, Miles was paired with Daryanne Carr, a career advisor who became his greatest supporter.


Daryanne Carr: A Dedicated Job Placement Specialist

Daryanne started working with Miles in March 2024. She helped him rebuild his resume and taught him essential job-search skills. Her support went beyond professional advice; she also boosted his confidence.



"I began by building his resume into my state-approved format. I then began seeing him weekly for other skills building from applying efficiently with your resume, making successful follow-up calls, to interviewing tips."

Daryanne provided continuous encouragement, helping Miles believe in his abilities and potential.

"I spoke many times with him in uplifting ways to teach his inner voice that he is a great asset that any company would be blessed to have."

Achieving Success

With Daryanne’s guidance, Miles learned and applied new skills, constantly improving his approach. His hard work paid off when he landed a job as a Drafting Engineer at Exemplary Foam.

"He quickly learned the skills and applied them, often reviewing his interviews with me- ever changing his approach to avoid self-inflicted undermining. This growth and his commitment to working hard accumulated to his landing a job at Exemplary Foam, within his desired title of engineer, as Drafting Engineer."


Miles’s success was celebrated at WorkOne when he rang the bell to mark his new beginning on June 10th, 2024.


The Impact of WorkOne Northern Indiana

Miles’s journey is a testament to WorkOne Northern Indiana’s dedication to helping job seekers. The personalized support and skill-building sessions provided by the staff, especially Daryanne Carr, transformed his career.

"Mrs. Carr has been my champion, counselor, and greatest supporter here at WorkOne. Her efforts and professional experience have been the wind beneath my wings. Words simply fail to describe the true depth of her assistance."

How Can You Begin Your Employment Journey

With WorkOne Northern Indiana?

WorkOne Northern Indiana empowers individuals to overcome job market challenges and achieve their career goals. Miles Kidder’s story highlights how their services can turn discouragement into success and open doors to new opportunities.

If you're struggling with your job search, consider reaching out to WorkOne Northern Indiana. Their support might be the key to unlocking your potential, just as it was for Miles.


Take a visit to any of our WorkOne Northern Indiana centers

to learn more about our no-cost services!


Elkhart Location

430 Waterfall Dr, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (574) 295-0105


Plymouth Location

510 W Adams St, Plymouth, IN 46563

Phone: (574) 936-8919


Rochester Location

927 Main St, Rochester, IN 46975

Phone: (574) 223-8542


Southbend Location

220 West Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: (574) 237-9675


Warsaw Location

3113 E Center St, Warsaw, IN 46582

Phone: (574) 269-3050


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