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.