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GET TO WORK: Hustling only gets you so far

GET TO WORK: Hustling only gets you so far

Emotions run high this week at Strive. Bailey needs to get her life back on track to reconnect with her family. And does Jonathan’s pink slip mean the end or a new beginning? In a particularly poignant scene, instructor Rob Smith is touched when Strive’s co-founder pays a visit…

"Maintain a professional demeanor": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Maintain a professional demeanor": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

This week on GET TO WORK, check yourself before you wreck yourself — sage advice for those seeking employment. Aged convict Danny hopes to earn back his family’s trust. And will a bad attitude mean another pink slip for Dariush? Meanwhile, if Stacey can’t provide for his family, he’ll lose them. This week’s tip may seem obvious, but it bears repeating.

"Be confident, not arrogant": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Be confident, not arrogant": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

This week on GET TO WORK, you’ll meet Cesar, who has just been released from prison and hopes to get his 1-year-old son back in his life. That won’t happen until he finds — and keeps — a job. Will a lack of confidence stand in the way of his dream? Newly sober Janielle wants to stay on the right path by entering the workforce, but will the pressure of Strive lead to a relapse? And homeless veteran Audrea has been through the tough test of basic training but never a program quite like this. The only thing holding her back now is her attitude. She has a choice: Change her behavior or get the boot.

"Be on time": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Be on time": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

Tonight on GET TO WORK (10P), job trainers Rob and Chase help unemployed people change their lives. Former car thief Helen hopes a fresh start will earn back her daughter’s trust. Brian’s arrogance may get him voted out of class. And Quincy’s temper flares up after a drug test.

"Always smile": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Always smile": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

On tonight’s GET TO WORK (10:30P), three jobless people face their troubled pasts. Ivan’s American dream is now a nightmare. Alicia grew up mistreated, but needs a dose of humility to get the help she needs. And homeless addict Patrick must graduate or lose his family’s trust for good.

GET TO WORK: Attitude matters

GET TO WORK: Attitude matters

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves? I’m certainly feeling like it after watching the inaugural episode of GET TO WORK. This week we got to meet the core team at Second Chance, which partners with the national organization Strive to get people back to work — especially if they’ve had some rough knocks in life.

GET TO WORK: Sundance Channel docu-series gets folks jobs

GET TO WORK: Sundance Channel docu-series gets folks jobs

It’s no secret that getting, and keeping, a job in this economy takes more than just luck. After enough rejection, it’s easy to feel entirely locked out of the game. Right now there are millions of Americans out of work and this August, Sundance Channel’s original docu-series GET TO WORK will take you behind inside a groundbreaking back-to-work program in San Diego, a hardcore boot camp that gives hope to the chronically unemployed: those who have no jobs, no direction, and seemingly no chance. It’s a high-stakes make-or-break moment and, for most of the students, this is their last crack at a real future. But it doesn’t come easy: as they push their students to learn workplace skills that will land them a job, the Instructors contend with those who have never learned anything other than bad attitudes and bad behavior. Not everyone makes it to graduation.