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Jill Atwood ReportingLooking to get back into the workforce? Or better yet ladies, are you looking to make more money in the workplace? In today's "Smart Woman" Jill Atwood from out sister station FM100 introduces us to an organization ready to help you realize your potential.
The organization is called People Helping People, and resumes, coaching, and career building is their business. A year ago Anne Mcgrail found herself in a situation she didn't expect, divorced with three kids to support.
Anne McGrail, PHP Client: "I hadn't worked in so long that I didn't know what I was good at or where I would end up."
She needed a job and she needed one that paid well, but according to Anne she didn't have the skills. People Helping People helped her realize her strengths and changed her way of thinking. Anne now works fulltime as an accounting assistant, and is making more money than she ever imagined.
Ann McGrail: "A lot of things that a mom does at home is really a skill that you can put into a workplace. I'm very friendly and outgoing and I'd be really great at your front counter."
It all begins after hours with a group of dedicated volunteer mentors. Denise Doughtery is polishing her interviewing skills. Linda Reed is updating her resume. Her kids are grown and now she says it's "her" time.
Linda Reed, PHP Client: "My goal is to find a fantastic job that more than pays the bills, that Ican live on and grow on. I find that I am going into a whole different aspect of job that I never would have gone for before, and I 'm excited about."
Workshops and one on one coaching give clients employment tools, but more importantly, confidence.
Kayleen Simmons, Executive Director, People Helping People: "The people making 20 dollars an hour are not that much different than they are, but maybe they know things or maybe they understand things or maybe they put themselves on the right track. This is about I am the person for the job and let me tell you why."
By the way, Anne McGrail the woman we first introduced you to, managed to go from a temporary job to a fulltime position and more than doubled her salary thanks to her work with People Helping People.
You can learn more about the workshops and mentoring program by logging on to www.mentors4women.org, or calling 583-5300.
You can hear more from Jill every day on Dain and Jill in the Morning on FM 100.