Employee Spotlight: Helen Strecker
In April, 2005, Helen took a leap of faith and applied for the receptionist's job at Chicago Communications. During the interview, she said, "It was interesting explaining why my last 'paid position' had been in 1972." That's what happens when you are a stay at home mom for 33 years.
Helen’s first job after graduating from secretarial college in New Jersey was with a major retail company. She was a secretary (yes, that's what they were called then) to a vice president; and she did it all. Correspondence, advertising, budgets, scheduling and yes, even his personal shopping. When she got married, her husband's job took them out of their hometown and across the country to Illinois. Then, along came three boys, a house and a station wagon - suburbia at its best. And once again, she was doing it all - school committees, charity organizations, Scouts, sports and car-pooling. They went through a station wagon and two mini-vans during that time. When asked, "What do you do?" her polite answer was usually "how much time do you have?" She was fortunate, she was able to stay at home to raise her children, run her home and contribute to her community. In 2000, Helen became a widow, the "children" were grown men and there was no need for her to be at home anymore. In 2004, she got married again, and decided to see what was out there.