Preparing for Employment

Living-wage employment is the only way Bridges’ families can make it to self-sufficiency. To find, get, keep, and progress in a job takes know-how that people in the mainstream often take for granted. But many of our client families have to learn the process from the ground up – interpersonal workplace skills, defining individual job skills, finding job openings, applying, and all the rest. On the other hand, some clients come with good work experience but need to upgrade skills or learn new ones. We aim to meet clients where they are – and provide what they need for where they want to go: written and verbal communications, occupational assessment, job readiness, vocational training, career counseling, mentoring, and more.

"The course exceeded my expectations. The mentors gave me leads and the Director helped me to develop the financials. Entrepreneurship is for me!" — Participant

Professional Development

Taking it to the Next Level
"Evening workshops open more options for women trying to upgrade employment and interpersonal skills. The sessions rotate through such topics as how to complete applications, construct resumes, write letters and emails, and handle interviews. Another big benefit is the opportunity for participants to work on computer skills and use of search engines, skills of great value on the job and in identifying employment and housing possibilities."