Job coaching

Job coaching is especially critical in this time of ever-escalating 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: 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
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Our 1-on-1 job coaching services


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

  • Résumé writing or re-writing
  • Cover letters
  • Job search strategies
  • Interviewing skills
  • Online 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.

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

Lisa Klionsky, B.A., M.A., helps Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan career coaching clients prepare to find new jobs or seek to return to the workplace after an absence. Her background includes seven years as a communications consultant at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she advises students on their career marketing tools such as cover letters and resumes as well as networking and interviewing. Additionally, she has many years of communications experience in academic, nonprofit, and corporate work settings. Lisa employs her listening and analytical skills as well as her resourcefulness, empathy, 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 try to help clients recognize career directions based on their skills and talents that they may not see on their own.”

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.

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