After having lost 2 jobs in a row due to business closures, I found myself having difficulty finding anything that seemed to fit. I had been working for years in the building industry as a ceramic/stone tile design specialist, utilizing tile in kitchens, baths, pools, patios, etc. The market for that kind of expertise in Columbus was pretty much limited to tile sales at the time. Few builders would hire someone whose specialty was so limited. I was discouraged, to say the least. When I joined the Jewish Family Services SUCCESS program, I didn't really expect much. I had already tried a number of other programs without much success. I learned real quickly that this program far surpassed the others. The staff immediately helped me recognize how my skill sets could be applied to other industries. I learned from Karen how to write a winning resume, from Mindy the best interview techniques, and from the classes how to organize my job search and network. As a result, I got the job of my dreams! But the very best part of the whole experience was the positive, supportive, and caring attitudes of the staff. I am very grateful for the resources at Jewish Family Services. I highly recommend this agency - JFS rocks!
Jewish Family Services provides an excellent set of resources for a diverse group of people and truly fulfills their motto of changing lives. Personally, Jewish Family Services aided me in my job search, with support, guidance, networking opportunities, workshops, and individualized attention that helped me secure the job I have today. I am very thankful for the assistance I received and never hesitate to recommend their services.
JFS is an amazing resource! April has really helped me refine my goals and target my job opportunities. I highly recommend their workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and Linkedin. Two thumbs up!
As a SUCCESS participant I owe so many thanks to Karen Hughes and Lynn Aspey in helping me land my current position. After a nine month lay-off and what can only be described as a defeated attitude about my potential job prospects their support not only gave me the encouragment and guidance I needed but the confidence to pursue a position I truly desired. I cannot say enough about how their professionalism, constant communication and hard work in helping me land a new position has changed my life and impacted my family. I am eternally grateful for them and the Jewish Family Services Team for all of their support. Jewish Family Services is a valuable asset to our community and changes the lives of the clients they serve every day!
I first became involved with Jewish Family Services in June 2012 through their Success program. It was an incredible life change for me. I had been unemployed for nearly 4 months and job searching for more than 6 months and was losing hope and motivation that I would find a job. Through the Success program I worked with an incredible Career Consultant who gave me support and encouragement. She helped me re-write my resume and create three separates ones designed at different jobs I was targeting. The workshops were wonderful and the highlight of my week was the meetings for the Success program clients. It was nice to get out, interact with others in the same situation and offer each other support, encouragement, and networking. I have recommended the services that Jewish Family Services offered to several friends who are also unemployed, new to the area and job searching, or looking for a career change. I credit the Success program with helping me get back to work - the job I finally landed I had applied to three separate times and the third time was with my new resume and I walked into my interview armed with new tips, tricks, and hints to make me stand out and be successful!
Thanks to all at JFS for giving me the skills to get re-employed! After many months looking for a new job, the knowledgeable staff at Jewish Family Services helped me to refine the search, rework my resume, and kick-start the networking I needed to get a contract job in Distributon and then a new career in Pharmaceuticals. I highly recommend them as a COWIC agency and a great group of experts.
I dropped out of the workforce for two years for personal reasons, and when I began looking for employment again, Jewish Family Services and its workshops were absolutely invaluable to me! EVERY workshop or class I attended was insightful, well-run, and even enjoyable! I KNOW that I definitely improved my interview skills immeasurably, and I am confident that the reason I found the right job and nailed it (eventually) was because I had "prepped" so much with Jewish Family Services' help! I cannot recommend this organization highly enough! Nancy J. Golden
Jewish Family Services were a tremendous help while I was looking for a new job, the workshops I attended were so valuable and empowering! I had been working in the arts & non-profits for 10 years, and after being laid-off, I attended a few workshops at JFS and found the information and attention to detail by the instructors invaluable. The instructors were so professional and they were on top of current trends. I came away with some very helpful tools to frame my approach in presenting myself on paper in my resume and cover letters and in my interviews and networking opportunities.
I can attest that JFS truly makes a difference in people's lives because it has made a significant difference in mine and my family’s. Two years ago we experienced serious difficulties that had us suddenly struggling. A friend suggested that we contact JFS. The staff at JFS were caring and supportive. They jumped in and gave us the practical help we desperately needed to get through our most immediate problems. They also connected us with the resources to help us in the long term. This was all done with the utmost kindness and sensitivity. All of the staff have been wonderful but I can’t say enough good things about Lisa Carroll. She is an extremely positive person who problem-solved and stood by us. Today we are in a much better place than we were two years ago and JFS is a big reason why.
Jewish Family Services (JFS) in Columbus, Ohio helped me out during one of the hardest time of my life. I had lost the only job I had held as an adult. I had worked for the same company for 25 years and had rarely had to interview for positions within the company as I moved around by reputation. I am one of those people who identity IS their job. During my 16 months of unemployment the time I spent in the Success program was where I gained my confidence back and learned that there were many others in the same situation I was in. Well respected professionals that had lost positions through no fault on their part, but a matter of economics. The 'Why' often doesn't matter when you are in that position. The members of the Success team and every employee I met at JFS offered patience, caring, understanding and when it was needed in my case some gentle prodding. They helped to find job leads. They helped make my resume even more professional and tailor it to the business I was applying to. They offered me a chance to do several mock interviews because my skills in that area were lacking. They provided encouragement and feedback along the way. Even now after I have been employed for over 2 years I still hear from the person who offered me my main guidance. I would especially like to thank Lora Fish for all of her help in the program! This program is amazing and I truly appreciate the opportunities.