#PowerofaJob: “Take a look at this guy!”

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 Courtney Williams, a supervisor at WorkSource Thurston County. Courtney also teaches the extremely popular Strategies for Success course. Customers routinely find inspiration and change their lives after taking this six-week course offered at WorkSource centers around the state.

Here is Courtney’s story:

I had the honor of being part of a success story when I was a Strategies for Success [a life-skills course offered at WorkSource offices around the state] instructor. A 42-year-old gentleman came in and was completely deflated. He had no confidence and a complete loss of dignity.

He had a lot of situations going on: the health of his children, his own health, no transportation. He just had a lot of challenges and barriers. Slowly, he and I worked together at getting off the fence and decide what he wanted to do, because that was really the problem: He didn’t know what he wanted to do.

So, at the end of the six modules of Strategies for Success, I asked him what he wanted to do and what he was going to do to get there. He wrote me a wonderful letter outlining exactly what he was going to do to ensure he gets gainful employment. Essentially, he redefined being proactive – something he just forgot and something that I helped to restore in him.

I recalled him meeting an employer and really making a connection, so I sent the letter he wrote to the employer and said, “Take a look at this guy.” Previously, she had some reservations about him. But when she saw that letter, she was so impressed, she offered him a full-time position.

His demeanor was usually flat, but he came into WorkSource and celebrated! He shouted that he got the job! His former case managers recognized that he had completely changed. They were so happy because they had been working with him for over two years. He finally recognized his worth, and that was really the best part of that situation.

Now, he continues to come in, not because he’s looking for work — because he’s successful there — but just to tell me how great he’s doing. He also brings in his family and his family tells me how great they’re doing.

That’s really what WorkSource does. We’re very holistic. When you come into WorkSource — no matter where you are in the state (but particularly WorkSource Thurston because we have a great team here!) — we look at the individual. You’re not just a number.

When you get to your career trajectory or your school trajectory, we want to hear from you after that. We want to make sure you’re still within our radar. We really want to see you be successful, no matter the stage of your life.

So, if you know of anyone who needs a job or needs help with their resume, an informational interview or if they have a position and want a promotion, we can work with them. We have the skills. My staff are experts in what they do and they can treat you with complete dignity and help remind you that you’re worthy. So come in to WorkSource! We can help you out.

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