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From Layoff To Triumph: The Power of Networking

Building Career Confidence And Finding Hope

When Carmen Moreno was referred to SkillUp Bay Area by a friend, she was unemployed and feeling hopeless and lost in her career. Carmen began attending free weekly career coaching sessions led by SkillUp, which provided her hope and guidance after finding herself needing a new job. For Carmen, a huge part of what kept her coming back to coaching was knowing she had support which helped her feel she was not alone in her current situation. "I wasn't alone, and when I took those classes, little by little, you know, I got better, and I started looking for a job."

Carmen started working for DoorDash as she began to reenter the job market, and through the support of SkillUp, she felt hopeful again. "I received a lot of support in the coaching program, and I felt like they were walking me through the next steps to ensure that I was going to be okay," she shared.

Finding Hope & Support

After leaving a job of 13 years for an opportunity to earn a higher income, Carmen was let go nine months later, and she felt as if everything was falling apart.

Through weekly small group career coaching sessions, Carmen learned strategies to build career confidence, such as tips to make her resume stand out to employers, how to present her diverse skill sets, strategies for interviewing, and even mental health resources and exercises. She learned how to gain control over her career and find a job aligned with her personal goals and values.

She also learned techniques to market and brand herself, which gave her even more confidence to interview in new roles and industries, ultimately attaining a job as an administrative specialist.

When asked how she felt about her experience in these virtual coaching sessions, she shared, "Not only do you have great people in your corner, but they also motivate you, and they give you the tools so you can prove to yourself to do what you need to do."

We Partner With You On Your Path

SkillUp provides unique value to coaching participants by offering bi-weekly, free career coaching in a safe, virtual space with professional coaches who are equipped to help tackle difficult questions.

Our coaches help participants identify where they need additional support to tap into their potential. We also partner with you on your path and have the tools and resources to help you make a shift in your career, just like Carmen did.

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