MyLocker is looking to hire about 100 people in the next two months, and the custom apparel company is committed to employing Detroit residents as it moves its operations from Warren to the Corktown neighborhood in the city.
Because of this urgency and exceptional employment opportunity, Southwest Solutions approached MyLocker about co-organizing a job fair where qualified and pre-selected applicants could interview for the job openings.
The hiring event took place on Wednesday, July 24 at the Mexicantown Fiesta Center in southwest Detroit. MyLocker interviewed nearly 100 job-seekers. The applicants were drawn from workforce development programs designed to help Detroit residents improve their skills and employability. The programs included Supportive Employment, Earn and Learn, Detroit GreenWorks Solutions, our Center for Working Families, and veteran-serving programs like Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) and Piquette Square.
“It was a well-organized and well-paced event and our interviewers were certainly impressed with the number of quality applicants,” said Nancy Cook, who directs human resources at MyLocker, and who was also one of the interviewers. “We were able to rate applicants as we went, and we expect to hire about half of those that we saw.”
Egypt Hardy, 21, interviewed with Nancy at the event. Egypt graduated from Earn and Learn in late June. “The program sharpened my skills and gave me a lot of insight about what employers expect and how I can meet those expectations,” said Egypt.
Egypt completed high school, but then had to put her plans to attend college on hold to take care of her daughter, who is now three years old. “My goal is be independent, support us both, and be someone she can really look up to. I hope to work full-time and also start college at Marygrove to become a pharmacy technician. Another benefit of the Earn and Learn program is that it provides money to further your education.”
Egypt was pleased with her interviews at the hiring event and said she is confident she will get a call back to join the growing staff at MyLocker.
“We had about 70 employees at our facility in Warren, but we were bursting at the seams because of the company’s tremendous growth,” said MyLocker’s Nancy Cook. “We project that we will be hiring 300 people in the next two years. Our company’s founder, Robert Hake, has deep roots in Detroit, and when we were looking for a bigger space, he really wanted to move into the city and contribute to its revitalization.”
“Working with MyLocker to put on this event was a great experience for our organization, the people we serve, and our partners,” said Laurie Diener, senior manager of Earn and Learn at Southwest Solutions. “Our staff was excited to connect individuals wanting work with real job opportunities at a company that continues to grow because of an excellent product and corporate culture.”
“Our consumers were thrilled to participate in this hiring event,” added Barbara Gray, who supervises our Supportive Employment program. “I know that several left the event feeling very good about being hired, and every one of our consumers who went felt it was a valuable growth opportunity to present and market themselves.”
Southwest Solutions collaborated with many other agencies to provide applicants for the MyLocker hiring event:
- Focus: Hope
- ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services)
- Volunteers of America
- The VA’s Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program
- Michigan Veterans Foundation
- Emmanuel House
- The Guidance Center
- Detroit Central City Community Mental Health
- Community Care Services
- New Center Community Mental Health
MyLocker participated in a separate job fair co-organized by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC). This event took place on Monday, June 22 and also produced a good number of quality job applicants