McDonald Carheel: We’re working to give people the opportunities and skills they need to find employment – American Press

McDonald Carheel said he created a quote he repeats while helping people find their dream job.

“Every day is an interview,” he says. “It doesn’t just start when you show up for an interview. They interview and network on a daily basis. “

Carheel, 44, owns Carheel Consulting, a people development solutions company. It has been open since May 2007 and advises companies on innovative concepts for the design and development of personnel programs, the management of personnel initiatives, career development, advice and job placement.

“Whether it’s one person or 1,000 people that companies need to hire, we’re figuring out how to approach it in a very strategic way,” he said.

Carheel Consulting has worked on a variety of projects including the $ 12.9 billion Sasol expansion in Westlake. It orchestrated the hiring of more than 7,000 employees and offered seminars for thousands more.

The knowledge Carheel has gained by helping companies solve their workforce challenges is used to advise individuals on their job search. The workforce-ready seminars help people outline their career goals, write a resume and cover letter, conduct job interviews, and dress for a job interview, communicate, and network.

Hailing from the Mossville / Westlake area, Carheel said he played a key role in the opening of L’Auberge Casino Resort in 2005, which was then owned by Pinnacle Entertainment. He was tasked with developing a strategy for hiring around 3,000 employees.

“After interviewing thousands of people, develop an understanding of why they are not selected, whether it’s cover letter errors, how they dress, or what they said during an interview,” he said. “They understand how HR managers make their decisions.”

That experience led Carheel to start his own business and educate the community about how to get a job. He said he saw college graduates perform well academically but lack basic interviewing skills.

“It was heartbreaking for me because I know how much effort you put in,” he said. “Another key was that no one gave them any feedback after the interview.”

Over time, companies began hiring Carheel Consulting to develop their people initiatives, he said. This opened up the opportunity for companies to invest in their local community through employee initiatives.

“Our customers are ready to sponsor things like employee training, career counseling, and scholarship programs,” he said.

Carheel said his company also holds workforce preparation seminars in schools to help students pursue careers in things they are passionate about.

“You may not always understand how your passion translates into a job,” he said.

Carheel said his company has partnered with law enforcement officials to potentially wipe out the criminal background of nonviolent offenders in order to get back to work. He spoke of a person who was incarcerated and received a scholarship for a welding program with career counseling. The person is now employed and a successful citizen in the community.

Carheel said his company is also working with various nonprofit agencies and local human resource development agencies to break down education-related barriers. The company works with employees who are already developing professionally or who are underemployed and who are looking for better job opportunities.

Looking to the future, Carheel said he continues to work hard to make sure everyone in the area has the opportunities and skills necessary for employment.

“That’s what we live and breathe every day,” he said.

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