Employment Story: Steve

December 5, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Steve restarts his career

Few situations are as daunting and traumatic to individuals as unemployment. Losing a job is often times a trigger that sets off a number of related issues affecting an individual, including financial hardship, health issues, depression and other mental illnesses.

A exec with 20 years in the computer industry, Steve (not his real name) was one of many individuals caught in this situation. A fifty-year old with a Master’s Degree in science, he was a vice-president when his company declared bankruptcy. Steve reached out to JVS for assistance in finding another job as well as to explore other career directions.

At JVS, Steve’s career search went into high-gear and included vocational testing and counseling. He attended a number of job search strategy workshops, employer forums and networking groups. He cultivated a new career plan that included the possibility of starting a business that would use a lifelong passion as his path to a sustainable income. Steve ultimately applied for a position posted on JVS’s ParnossahWorksDetroit.org job bank. He interviewed for and was given the job— a management position with excellent pay and benefits. Steve still considers building his own business one day, but for now is happy to have found success amidst the turbulent job environment the community faces.

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