“Help wanted?” Give job coaching a try.

Help-wanted signs are showing up more and more around town—even at state offices. Jobs are plentiful. Michigan’s unemployment is 4.8%, Ann Arbor’s 2.7%.

Yet demand for job coaching persists. Why?

Volunteer skills translate into paid employment

Volunteer skills translate into paid employment

The reality is that people need job coaching when times are tough economically and when jobs are more abundant.

You may be underemployed and want full-time work. You may want better pay or more hours. You want to try something new. Or you may have been at home taking care of your children and unemployed for quite a while.

Above all, you are looking for an employer you can be comfortable with—one who is interested in your skills and who is also a good match for you, too.

Finding a job is about communication—authentically sharing who you are and what you can do. And that’s where our job coach, Lisa Klionsky, comes in. Lisa can help you identify your goals and experience, and align those capabilities with what an employer is looking for.

Beth reinvents her future

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A new and unexpected career path

Former job coaching client Beth, for example, was recently divorced after 19 years nurturing children and her spouse. She hadn’t held a paid job in a very long time. Child support will end when her youngest graduates from high school. She needed an income fast.

But divorce diminished her confidence and she had a hard time thinking of what skills she could offer an employer.

Lisa helped her identify skills and see job possibilities, to find within herself the very best she could offer an employer.

Beth had volunteered with the PTO and the high school choir boosters. She spent a lot of time driving her kids, and had a great safety record. Driving was an option—a job as a chauffeur, bus driver, or courier, or perhaps she could have qualified for an entry-level office position. Lisa also introduced Beth to education, entrepreneurship, and networking opportunities.

How you can benefit from coaching

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It’s never too late to learn new skills.

Having worked with Women’s Center clients for more than five years and with career communications for eight years, Lisa is ideally positioned to work with women and men considering a new future. Together, you will talk about:

  • your interests, hopes, qualifications, and possible work-related challenges;
  • your skills and experience—and consider how your credentials match with what employers are seeking;
  • potential barriers, such as age, lack of education or training, long-term unemployment, lack of computer skills, mental/physical health issues, and language skills.

After an initial “inventory,” Lisa will help with finding online job postings and if needed, with job applications; help create or improve resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills; discuss LinkedIn profiles, networking, and of course, talk about your particular job search concerns.

It takes courage and confidence to communicate your skills persuasively to employers. Job coaching can help you bring out your best.