Career coaching

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

  • Resume drafting, revising and polishing
  • Writing effective cover letters
  • Job search strategies
  • Interviewing in person or by video chat; offer-negotiation skills
  • Networking and LinkedIn career marketing
  • Changing careers and/or vocational exploration

You may call 734.973.6779  or email info@womenscentersemi.org

to indicate your interest in career coaching and to leave contact information; our career coach will reply within a few days.

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Our 1-on-1 career coaching services

Career coaching is especially critical in this time of Covid pandemic-related workplace disruption and unemployment. Our coach understands that women face unique job-related challenges:

  • childcare or other family caregiving responsibilities
  • divorce or death of a partner
  • gaps in employment history due to caring for children or disabled family members
  • age-related discrimination
  • 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
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Job-related community resources

If you have a special need for certain job services, or exploring community college education options, 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.
  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, offers 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 Family Services offers career services to unemployed or underemployed Washtenaw County residents with resume and job-search assistance, and also to refugees and others new to the U.S.

Lisa Klionsky, B.A., M.A., advises and supports career coaching clients in finding new jobs, returning to work after a gap, and exploring and evaluating potential new careers. For 10 years, she has worked with Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan clients aged 19 to 65+, whose educational achievement ranges from high school diploma to Ph.D.

At the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Lisa is a lecturer in business communication. Prior to teaching undergraduate and graduate students skills and strategies for business communication, Lisa served as a communication consultant. She advised students on career materials — cover letters, resumes, networking and interviewing. Additionally, she gained professional communications experience in professional roles in news media relations and in journalism in academic, nonprofit and corporate settings.

Lisa employs her career coaching expertise, listening, and analytical skills as well as her resourcefulness, compassion, and creativity to help TWC clients achieve their goals. “My role here is to support and nurture, and gently nudge clients to meet goals as they pursue a job search, which can be a daunting and emotional journey. When needed, I encourage clients to recognize career directions based on skills and talents that they may not see on their own.”

Our career coaching program is partially funded by a family foundation who chooses to remain anonymous.

 

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