Jewish Community Services (JCS) Baltimore wants you to find a job this year, and has new resources in the Career Center to make this resolution come true. Five newly certified resume writers are now available to assist people with resumes. The Career Center is also launching a Virtual Career Center.
The JCS Career Center helps individuals of all religions, ages, and abilities to find careers. It offers career coaching, assessments, resume and cover letter reviews, interview preparation, job leads, and more. Employers can reach out to JCS to list postings at no cost. Jobseekers can visit JCSBaltimore.org/job-seeking, or visit 5750 Park Heights Ave. or 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. The Career Center is 80 years old.
JCS matches clients with a career coach for personal coaching. JCS customizes the assistance, according to Lisa Gorman, senior manager of career services at the Career Center.
“We’re excited to launch a virtual career center,” said Gorman. This will be for those who cannot make it in, or who prefer flexibility.
Members can join online to access the same job services the Career Center offers through email and video-chats. It also provides webinars, videos, articles, job boards, and calendars.
Five JCS resume writers are certified as of 2020 through Career Directors International. Certification requires interviews, sample resumes and cover letters, and a four-part exam.
Sherri Sacks, certified advanced resume writer, believes the certification “catapulted” her to the next level.
“I’ve been writing resumes for many years, but after the certification I am up to date with current trends,” Sacks said. For example, “In 2020 we see resumes that are no longer just job description, but more of a storytelling type, enticing people to read rather than dictate duties.”
“It appears what people are doing now is geared specifically toward each job,” said Gorman.
She also recommends applicants keep resumes clear and concise, use quantitative data, and consider the format for online applications. “All the pieces are important. But, resumes are one of the first things people see, so it makes an impression.”
At any given time, Sacks’s caseload is around 45 clients. They vary from those who have never held jobs before, to CEOs of 30 years.
One client who found success at JCS is “Anne.” (She requested that the JT not publish her real name to protect her privacy at her place of work.)
“It was a great placement for me,” said Anne (50). “Through certain life experiences I found myself looking for a job after 20 years of raising a family. It helped me build a resume and extract my strengths.”
After just a few months, JCS connected her with her current job in the legal profession, which she has held for five years.