#Power of a job: WorkSource gives two job seekers advice needed to land new jobs

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 Kathryn Scott of WorkSource Thurston County. Kathryn proudly shares how she helped two people devastated by a layoff to find new jobs. She invites others to come to any WorkSource office in the state to find the same support.

Here’s Kathryn’s story:

I first met John and Jana when they came to WorkSource after being laid off. They were design associates, both working 30-plus years for this employer, and were devastated with the loss of their jobs. I assisted with a re-employment action plan to get them connected to the resources here.

They’d been out of the job hunting market for a number of years. They didn’t have resumes and hadn’t had an interview in years. I connected them with workshops here at WorkSource, and we did some one-on-one career guidance as well.

John got a job in Beaverton as an audio-visual professional. The position paid more than his previous job. As an additional benefit, John was able to relocate where his daughter and family lived. Jana got a job in Seattle. They’re both gainfully employed and pleased with the services they received here at WorkSource.

I want to share one of the excerpts from John’s letter to us. “You and your teams perform such an important service to those of us who are sometimes shell-shocked and need to discover, manage, rise up, dream again and pursue, keep trying and persevere to stay the course in their job search.”

They were both very thankful for the services they received and the connections they made here at WorkSource.

So, I encourage you to come to WorkSource to see how we can assist and connect you with resources you need to get your next job. And whether you’re unemployed, or working and looking for your next job, please come and take a look at what we can offer you wherever you’re located in the state. There’s a WorkSource office in each area of the state to assist you.

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#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.

#PowerofaJob: WorkSource leads veteran through “scary” transition to civilian life

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 Jennifer MacArthur, a veteran who turned to WorkSource Lynnwood for help when she left the U.S. Coast Guard. Jennifer found out just how helpful WorkSource can be to veterans making the transition back to civilian life.

Here’s Jennifer’s story:

I recently separated from the U.S. Coast Guard. I finished my six-year enlistment and started looking for work.

I started coming to the WorkSource computer labs to find out how to start applying for jobs. It was a little scary at first and all completely brand new. But the staff was very friendly and answered all of my questions.

I worked with the veterans specialists at WorkSource. They have a lot of connections and know plenty. They’re a really good resource. If I had to start over, I would use them again.

Also, I went to see the TAP [Transitional Assistance Program] instructor in Everett. If any separating veterans can get in touch with their TAP instructors, they’re a wealth of knowledge and information on how to help veterans. I recommend that.

They helped me apply for federal jobs, one of which I just got: auxiliary affairs specialist with the Coast Guard. During that process, they helped me learn how to get online and check my application status.

Once I got an interview, I came to WorkSource and a staff person helped me with my interviewing tactics. I recommend that help to anybody trying to get a job. Definitely set up an appointment before your interview. They were very helpful and I do believe it helped me with my interview.

When I got the job, WorkSource helped me file a request for “standby” [unemployment] claim to help with expenses until I begin work in a couple of weeks. Happy Workforce Wednesday!

Power of a Job: WorkSource Vancouver helps job seeker mend her “broken spirit”

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 Debbie Smith, a job seeker with a broken spirit who got back on track at WorkSource Vancouver in Strategies for Success: a life-skills class series.

Here’s Debbie’s story:

I’m 61 years old and got fired from my job in September 2017. I was completely broken and didn’t know what to do with myself. I had never been let go from a job, fired or used unemployment benefits. I was in bad shape emotionally.

I signed up for unemployment benefits and learned about WorkSource. I met Charles at WorkSource Vancouver who helped me do a reality check. Once I realized I had lots of options, I calmed down and knew it going to be OK.

I was enrolled in a six-week Strategies for Success course at WorkSource. I learned about interviewing, how to create a resume and the proper way to fill out an application.

Afterward, I attended a Clark College class. The instructor encouraged me to return to school and look at different career options. I’d been a product manager and really didn’t want to do that again. She signed me up for an AutoCAD [computer-aided design and drafting software] class and a career exploration class.

My first semester ended with six credits and A’s in both classes. In January, I started as a full-time student to earn an associate degree in marketing. I’m working to get my unemployment benefits extended.

I have nothing but the highest praise for WorkSource. I tell everyone what they do for people who are dislocated or unemployed. I’m even encouraging my daughter, who is 19, to take the Strategies for Success series.

I’m so enthused by the things I learned in just six weeks. I’m ready to go out and conquer the world and start the next chapter of life!

Power of a Job: Disabled veteran discovers new, fulfilling direction at WorkSource

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 is about James Thomas, a customer of WorkSource Cowlitz-Wahkiakum. He suffered a head injury and couldn’t return to his usual line of work. WorkSource helped him re-imagine his life and take those first exciting steps down a brand new career path.

Four years ago, I had a work-related injury. I broke my skull while working in Redding, Calif. I had to figure out how to come out of it and get back into the workforce.

One of my problems was headaches, so I moved to Washington, where the weather is much better and I could handle my pain. Then, I had to focus on my cognitive skills, and I got involved with WorkSource. As a part of my TANF [Temporary Assistance to Needy Families] benefits, I had to show I was working toward my goals.

WorkSource gave me the tools to get back into the workforce. It helped me find what I wanted to do because I couldn’t go into contracting anymore. I didn’t feel that was possible with my pain levels.

WorkSource steered me toward the medical field and toward helping those with problems with head injuries. I have a heart for that.

WorkSource helped me switch over my California driver’s license and vehicle registration to Washington, and even helped me fix my vehicle. I needed it to attend classes, so they jumped on that. “We have a program for that,” they said.

They’ve been phenomenal. I’m a disabled veteran, so I get veterans services. I have a general worker here [at WorkSource Cowlitz-Wahkiakum] named Esther [Sadlier] and she’s in touch with Tammi [Leclerc], my Strategies for Success instructor. Amazing team. All they’re interested in is helping you and giving you the tools to go further.

And now, because of them, I’m getting in a program called Title I that is going to pay for my [certified nursing assistant degree] and eventually my [physician assistant degree] so I can help people with dementia and problems with cognitive rehabilitation.

I couldn’t be happier with WorkSource.