#Power of a job: WorkSource lifts customer out of unemployment blues

It’s Workforce Wednesday, when we spotlight Power of a Job success stories.

This week, we bring you Greg Krager, who came to WorkSource Vancouver to polish his skills after nearly two decades away from job-hunting. He gained so much more, including insight into his own strengths and abilities, when he felt down and out.

I’m Greg and I’m here at WorkSource Vancouver taking the Strategies for Success class, because after 17 years working at a law firm, I was unexpectedly laid off. I knew I needed to update my job-search skills, so I came here to take classes in resume writing and filling out job applications.

Then I figured I needed some more help, so I took the Strategies for Success class, to help me get through the mental block of being unemployed. It’s actually opened me up to going out to try new things and to be more adventurous.

This has all happened for me because of the instructor at WorkSource, Joseph. Without him, I would probably still be in a funk, with no energy to even get out of bed to do anything. I realized it’s time to be among the living and not hanging around doing nothing. I’m still eligible to work and I’m a hard worker. Joseph helped me remember that and know that I’m not alone in my journey.

As a partner 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, which are Powered by Jobs, to help them find employees.

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