WORK FORWARD

Come help yourself!

“On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.”
-St. Teresia Benedicta

Helping You Help Yourself

The mission of Work Forward is to provide free job-search guidance, professional coaching, and support to the area’s unemployed so they can help themselves secure meaningful, self-fulfilling, permanent work.

Goals –

  • To address the ramifications of job loss
  • To empower participants with job-search skills that set them apart from other job seekers

Workshop Topics –

Workshops are held biannually, in April and October, in Newman Hall on the St. Andrew Catholic Church Campus in Clemson. Participants will first complete a 10-hour workshop that covers the following topics:

  • Exit Statements: Why you left your last job
  • Elevator Speeches: Telling about yourself in 30 seconds
  • Self-Assessments: Knowing yourself and making sure a job is a good fit
  • Résumés and Cover Letters: Your first connection to an employer
  • Networking: What it is and how to get started
  • Interview Tips: What to expect, what to do, and what not to do
  • Negotiations for Salary and Benefits: How to create a win-win situation
  • LinkedIn: How to connect professionally

After completing the workshop, participants can contact the Work Forward guides to practice for an upcoming interview, update a résumé, discuss negotiating approaches, and/or learn how to start a business. Coaching is also available.

Work Forward is a ministry that focuses on job-search skills that help improve individual confidence and approaches for landing a job. The workshops are open to the local community and go far beyond résumé writing, which is only part of the picture. Please note that Work Forward does not include online support for people who have not attended a workshop.

Contact

Contact Sandy Kluck at klucks@outlook.com for more information or to register.

“I enjoyed and learned from each of the workshops in Work Forward. I know you pour yourselves into this ministry, and I greatly appreciate all that you do. What you offer is invaluable! You teach us skills, give us “insider tips,” and offer positive encouragement and on-going support. I can’t say enough good about your ministry! Thank you very much!”
“Your workshop is a blessing to us, especially to someone with my experience. We are all at different stages in our lives and our needs are varied, but you are giving us direction as to how to move forward to make the most of what we have to offer. This is something that comes along once in a lifetime. “Thank you” is an understatement. Keep doing your good work!”
“You have no idea how much this workshop means to me. I went through some bad times and am struggling emotionally, which has been overwhelming. But I know I need to put everything right and try to move on!”
“I know there are no words when you feel a full heart of appreciation. I really appreciate that I could have you, not only in our Work Forward program and our English class (you have no idea how thrilled I am when you offered such kind and good help to us!!), but also you did open a whole new world for me — I started to notice my writing accuracy and efficiency. What’s more, for me, I found another good friend.”
“I know I say this a lot, but there are no existing words to express my appreciation. Thank you for having me and giving me so much support and help. And your dedicated, super-melting-warm heart also let me learn a lot. You are a soul-inspired teacher to me!”
“I can thank Work Forward for the success I have had in my job of one year. The training I received in this program has proven to be invaluable and will be beneficial in future endeavors.”