Valdez began using Reliance in 2015 and had been placed on assignments consistently. He was recently hired by a Reliance client partner to work as a contractor on houses.
“My skills are high as a general contractor and [Sherry Sale, placement specialist at Reliance’s Newport News office) helped find me jobs related to construction,” he said.
Before joining Reliance, Valdez had four years in the construction business.
“Sherry was excellent. Honest with everything. She was great at showing us the ropes – telling us the right way to go.”
Some of the advice that Sale gave him was the importance of being on time and consistently coming to work.
“Sherry emphasized that you couldn’t go to work late and that you have to be at work every day. Gotta be at work,” he said. “I missed no days – no sick days – when I worked with Reliance. I was really strong.”
And he is very happy that the hard work and dedication has turned into a great job.
“This job where I was placed is closer to home and I work with a good crew of guys,” he said. “I have a stable job, great benefits, a 401k plan – I have everything I could ask for.”
He also sees a chance for advancement. The company works on everything related to home construction and he’s interested in working on air conditioning units.
“This is just the beginning for me – I’ll continue to develop my skills for the company and look for more responsibilities and opportunities.”
But getting to this point didn’t come without perseverance.
Valdez described how he learned to use the bus system to be consistently prompt for work. He advised anyone else who has to use the bus for transportation to always take the first route. Don’t wait, he says.
“I took the bus for a while to work and learned my lesson – always take the first bus in the morning, not the second one; you won’t show up to work late. Be to work on time. Take the first bus!”
The added effort every workday morning paid off for him.
“It was worth it to be temporary for a couple years so that I could find the right job for me.”
Valdez was a great and reliable employee with Reliance – and he’s turned that reliability into the start of a successful career!