Women face unique job-related challenges

Job coaching remains critical even though economists consider that the U.S. is at “full employment.” And here are a few reasons why:

  • divorce or death of a partner
  • gaps in employment history due to caring for children or disabled family members
  • age-related discrimination:  men look “weathered”;  women look “old.”
  • lack of confidence in negotiating pay and benefits
  • lower pay than men for doing the same work
  • losing a job because of stalking or other intimate partner violence
Susie (on left) reviews a cover letter with job coach Lisa during a recent session

Susie (on left) reviews a cover letter with job coach Lisa during a recent session

Our one-on-one job coaching service

Our job coach, Lisa Klionsky who also works as a consultant at University of Michigan’s Ross Business School, is available by appointment to help with the following:

Résumé writing or re-writing | Cover letters | Job search strategies |Interviewing skills
On-line applications | Networking and social media | Where to look for jobs

You may call 734.973.6779 and leave your contact information and Lisa will return your call in a week or less.

Other job-related community resources

If you are interested in exploring education and career options (or the color of your parachute) check out our employment resource page or consider the following:

  • Student Resource Center, Washtenaw Community College, can help you identify shorter-length coursework that can get you more quickly into a job than a full college degree.
  • Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan offers workshops and career counseling for (in order of priority) U of M students, alumni, and community members.
  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, career and microenterprise development services for anyone who identifies as disabled
  • Michigan Works! Career Transition Center of Washtenaw County offers internship programs and on-the-job training for qualified individuals. Women who have recently lost a supporting income are encouraged to apply.
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services of Washtenaw County helps individuals with disabilities to find and maintain jobs, including self-employment
  • Jewish Vocational Services Southfield location, for career exploration

Our job coaching program is funded by a grant from a family foundation, who chooses to remain anonymous, and the cabinetry division of Masco Corporation.