“After 20 years working with the same employer I was unsure of how to find a job that matched my skills and valued my experience. JVS Toronto provided excellent counselling and opened the door to an exciting new career.”
Six years ago, Lisa walked away from her longtime job. The company was deteriorating, her salary had been cut drastically, and she knew she would soon find herself unemployed. She needed a well-paying, meaningful, reliable job but hadn’t conducted a job search in years. Unsure where to begin, Lisa discovered EMETemployment, a decision that would lead her to the successful career she has today as Associate Director at United Jewish Appeal (UJA) of Greater Toronto and provide her with the opportunity to help others that have been in her situation.
She needed a well-paying, meaningful, reliable job but hadn’t conducted a job search in years. Through EMETemployment, Lisa received one-on-one employment counselling, help with her resume, and coaching for job interviews. She started to build her professional network and made a connection that would change her entire career.
Lisa’s Employment Specialist introduced her to UJA, JVS Toronto’s funder and community partner, who were looking to hire an Administrative Assistant. Although it was a junior position, Lisa accepted the job in order to be part of what she recognized as a great organization. She exceeded UJA’s expectations. Her hard work and commitment earned her promotion after promotion.
Never forgetting that she herself was once an EMETemployment client, Lisa hired eight job seekers from JVS Toronto’s Jewish community programs last year. Her dedication helped these individuals, many of whom faced mental health issues, poverty, the need for child or elder care, and other barriers to employment. All eight of these individuals have excelled in their positions.
As a valued funder and community partner, UJA shares JVS Toronto’s commitment to the Jewish value of helping others. We work together to foster connections that strengthen our community.