Before CWJC I was a homemaker for 30 years. I raised 4 children while my husband was in the US Army and got his associates and bachelor’s degrees at night. I was not happy. I was mousy, and I cried a lot.
Because I was miserable, I was easily bullied. I considered divorce, but realized I needed to make enough money to support myself. This was frightening to me, because I had only been employed at part time jobs while taking care of my children. I did not feel that I had enough quality experience to even create an impressive resume. So, I cried a lot about that! I felt paralyzed with fear, and I was completely stuck until a friend suggested I apply for the upcoming class being offered by the CWJC. She said someone spoke about the classes at church, and she heard they could “help ladies write resumes”.
I jumped on that suggestion quickly and applied right away. I was so relieved when I was accepted into the 2006 CWJC class, especially since I cried through the whole interview. I was afraid my insecurities would have caused me to be rejected, but I was very wrong!
When the classes started, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was excited about getting help with my situation. I immediately made new friends and together we attended daily Bible study, computer class, resume writing, and interview preparation classes. We also had scheduled times with a mentor that allowed us to share our stories and concerns without judgement or criticism.
All these classes and the sessions with my mentor increased my knowledge of the work place and the processes I needed to gain employment which helped daily to increase my confidence. Before the class was over, I had created a resume that I felt very proud to call my own. And by the end of the class I had the interviewing skills I needed to feel confident enough to schedule several interviews. And, I did just that. By the end of the first week out of class, I was able to secure a good job making more
money than I’d ever made before.
I worked hard at my job and people depended on me and appreciated my efforts. And I got pay raises. It felt good; and I began to feel much better about myself because I was appreciated. And the depression that had plagued my marriage for so long was no longer an issue. Thankfully, I no longer needed to get a divorce.
The very best part about all this knowledge and confidence is that it is mine, and I can use it not only for myself but also for others. When the company I was working for went out of business, I was able to get another job easily by tapping into the same skills and confidence I gained at CWJC. And, several years later, when my daughter was out of work, I was able to help her recreate her resume and find the strength to seek better employment for herself because of the things I learned at CWJC. Anytime someone I know needs help with their resume, I am more than happy to share what I know.
I loved attending CWJC, and I love the transformation that took place in me during this 12-week course. I totally recommend that every lady that needs to enter or re-enter the job market, take the time to apply herself to the principles in this course. It could change her life!!
After enjoying 9 wonderful years of working outside of my home, I resigned my most recent position at DealNews to come back home and take care of my grandchildren. There are 14 of them and they all need me at different times and in different ways. During the school year, I provide a place for many of them to stay when they are sick or on school breaks, so my adult children don’t have to miss work. There is nothing like providing loving care to my sweet grandchildren when they are sick. And during the summer I can provide fun and entertainment, a great place to spend the night, someone to take them to the pool or the movies or where ever our summer takes us. My husband provides for me financially, and we both take pride in the fact that I can support my children and their children by investing in the next generation every single day of my life.