Whitney first heard of Mi Casa Resource Center from her mother, who completed Mi Casa’s Customer Service class. And she began volunteering at the Career Center as a Career Coach last September, after learning her human resources background could be used to help community job seekers.
Working with a wide variety of people is what Whitney most enjoys about volunteering at the Career Center. “The Career Center is open to everyone, and anyone can come for help so I meet with people from different backgrounds each week,” she said.
Whitney begins each career coaching appointment by learning how she can best support each job seeker. “I’ve had people come in who have never heard of a resume and I have helped other people who bring in resumes that are five pages long,” said Whitney, explaining appointments are tailored to each individual.
“I love helping people figure out which career is right for them,” said Whitney, who helps people translate past jobs into applicable skills for future employment when helping participants build resumes.
As a career coach, Whitney has done everything between assisting with email account creation to teaching navigation strategies for job searching websites and helping draft cover letters.
“Mi Casa is a great resource for people because it provides many ways for the community to receive support,” said Whitney.
Though Whitney gives of her skill and time at the Career Center, she is given back to each time she volunteers at Mi Casa.
Whitney said, “Every person I have helped has been very thankful, and that is very rewarding.”