Happy Workforce Wednesday!
As partners in Washington’s WorkSource system and the American Job Center Network, the Employment Security Department helps people – unemployed or not – find new jobs and learn new skills. We help them experience the life-changing Power of a Job. We also work with businesses to help them find employees because we know they’re Powered by Jobs.
This week’s Power of a Job story features Manu Morgan of WorkSource Lynnwood. She helped “Senae,” a highly skilled aerospace engineer. Manu helped Senae realize that her experience wasn’t enough; her resume, cover letter and interviewing skills needed work. They worked together and the result: a job!
“Sanae” visited the WorkSource Lynnwood office in October 2016. She had been laid off from an aerospace company and was struggling to find work. Sanae’s work history in aerospace was extensive and she had a passion for her field of structural analysis engineering. In her cover letter, she mentioned that, as a little girl, she always wanted to go to the moon.
Sanae was 46 at the time, and she’s a Japanese-American. She shared that she would have to move back to Japan and live with her parents if she continued to be unsuccessful finding work as a prototype flight tester.
We reviewed her resume several times and offered help with editing and formatting. I also helped her with her cover letter and suggested that she attend workshops to build her confidence. She attended many, but the ones she enjoyed the most were ones that included resume and cover letter writing, and mock interviewing. Sanae also regularly participated in our professional networking group.
The mock interviews greatly increased Sanae’s confidence in communicating her skills and abilities. She began applying for work in California and was interviewed twice for a company there. The employer even flew her out to see the company’s prototype aircraft.
Sanae then received an offer from a company in Washington state and accepted the job, earning $147 an hour. She was just beaming when she came in to tell us. Sanae shared how happy she is to be able to stay in the U.S. and that WorkSource helped her to secure work in a field she loves.