Spring Lake, Michigan (PressExposure) April 19, 2008 -- With the constant changes in the workforce, it's nice to know there is help available when job loss, position elimination or employment transition occurs, especially here in Michigan.
Changing Directions has been helping job seekers/changers with career and interview coaching including resume and cover letter development for over five years.
The help may come in redesigning a current resume and take it from a work related obituary to a sales tool, practicing interview questions so job seekers don't sabotage themselves, learning where to look for jobs or learn the fine art of networking. An assessment relating career choice and personality style is also offered. And most importantly, Changing Directions help job seekers deal with the emotional side of job loss.
Since the stress of job loss rates almost as high as the loss of a loved one, job loss/change becomes emotional for the individual and their family and it's important that they understand the stages of grief they need to go through. Changing Directions becomes a support system as well as a networking partner during this process.
When searching for a job, job seekers need to realize that playing the desperate or sympathy card won't guilt an employer to hire them, but rather each job seeker needs to know what value they bring to an employer. It's all about knowing how to play and win at the job search game.
All clients of Changing Directions receive a Career Compass Planning Guide that Twa wrote and self-published including other self-help materials that are available on the new website.
Since 2003 Twa has worked with over a thousand individuals who have had either one-on-one coaching, attended workshops, seminars, networking groups, career fairs or training sessions.
Periodic job search help is also offered at area churches as well as a free monthly Job Seekers Networking Group.
When a business closes or downsizes, Changing Directions has also conducted classes for the affected employees in cases of Delphi, ASIMCO, ConAgra Foods.
In other cases, Changing Directions is called in to help an individual employee transition out of the company with dignity and respect by working on their resume and other job searching techniques. Companies such as TransMatic and MasterTag have offered this transition service. Michigan Rehabilitation Services has also recognized the benefit of referring clients to Changing Directions.
Over the course of 5 years, Changing Directions has carved a niche in the job search market. "Our average age client is 45 years old and equally men and women. We've coached recent college grads as well as individuals on both sides of 70."
When asked how Changing Directions competes with large international transitional companies, Twa says, "We don't provide cookie-cutter solutions. Instead we make it personal. Each client gets the help and assistance they need because it's not all about the resume, but rather about providing the help they need and because I've walked in their shoes."
Celebrating the 5 year mark for Twa has been a challenge including dealing with breast cancer in 2005, but she believes in using her God-given gifts to help others and in teaching her clients to make their own discovery. "I love what I do and believe that I'm making a difference. I couldn't have done it alone and have surrounded myself with exceptional family, friends, associates and mentors."