#PowerofaJob: Strategies for Success classes lift up another grateful job seeker

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

As partners in Washington state’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.

Every week, we spotlight a different Power of a Job success story. This week, we bring you WorkSource Vancouver customer Ivette Macias. She’s one of many who rave about the Strategies for Success life-skills class series offered at most WorkSource centers around the state. Strategies for Success “unleashes the power that you know is inside you,” Ivette says.

Here’s Ivette’s story:

I started coming to WorkSource in November when I was laid off. I’d been a receptionist at a dental clinic. I knew about WorkSource because they were in the same office building where I worked previously, and I had used them in the past. I came back to WorkSource because I knew I had to lift myself up and get going.

The first person at the front desk was so positive, saying “This is a new day!” They helped me create an account [in WorkSourceWA.com] and introduced me to a facilitator.

I never had taken classes before, so I signed up for creating a resume and cover letters. But then I heard about the “Strategies for Success” series [of life-skills classes], so I enrolled.

Oh wow! I found a great, successful program and didn’t have to hassle to pay for this course. [Editor’s note: All WorkSource services are free.] Joseph [Hennessey, Strategies for Success instructor] helped unleash the person that had been sleeping in me for so many years.

I discovered myself and stepped back into finding a job. The class gave me the help I needed to find out who I am. It dealt with all those feelings of being on a roller coaster when you lose your job and the bucket that is your personal life.

I recommend these classes to anybody — not just to people who are unemployed. Everyone should have access to these resources. It’s a tremendous amount of information that everyone should have in their pockets. It’s just beautiful; it’s Pandora’s box. I really appreciated Joseph’s teaching.

Now I have not just one job offer, but two. And a company that hired me for a contract before is asking me to come back. I haven’t decided what to do, because now I would have to turn down two really great jobs.

[Strategies for Success] unleashes the power that you know is inside you. I think everyone should take this course.


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