Drugs and alcohol are unfortunately becoming a more prevalent problem in our society today. Statistics showed that there were more than 19.7 million people in America (aged 12 and older) that were suffering from a substance abuse disorder in 2017. 74% of those adults struggled with alcohol abuse, while 38% struggled with illicit drug abuse. It also revealed that one in eight adults in the United States struggled with both a drug and alcohol addiction concurrently. Of the over twenty million Americans that needed substance abuse treatment in 2017, only about 19% of them received treatment. Do we have your attention?
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The key to success is a good education. After high school, there are many options of obtaining continuing education and career training.
In my role as Human Resource Specialist for a large software technology company, I am tasked with recruiting, interviewing and hiring new talent when the need arises. For example, we recently had an opening at my company for a Financial Analyst. The hiring manager requested we find an applicant with a bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting with strong Excel and analytical skills. Simple to fill, right? Not as easy as we originally thought.
After posting the opening on our company website, we received a huge influx of resumes; all with similar backgrounds and degrees. The resumes that caught our attention and rose to the top of the pile were those applicants who had completed certification courses after receiving their bachelor’s degree.