1) How and when did your employment journey begin with the City of Portland?
After two consecutive job losses: one business closed, the second was a closure following a merger/acquisition, I utilized the Dislocated Worker’s Program at PCC Cascade to upgrade my skills. Through this process, I targeted the skills necessary to appeal to the City as a desired employee. I applied in August of 1998, interviewed with three Bureaus and was hired beginning in January 1999 as a clerical specialist in the Bureau of Licenses.
2) What is your current role?
I am a Tax Support Supervisor in the Business Tax Division in the Bureau of Revenue & Financial Services.
3) Name one thing that you enjoy most or look forward to about your job?
I enjoy the people I interact with both within our work group—and with other colleagues throughout the City. I enjoy solving problems.
4) What is one advice or tip would you give to those seeking employment with the City?
From the perspective of a hiring manager: know something about the job and answer the questions (both written and oral) with specificity.