On September 19th, The Execu|Search Group’s Women’s Network attended their first charity event at the Grace Institute. As a nonprofit organization that aims to assist underprivileged women through a tuition-free program that teaches the necessary skills to find jobs, create resumes, and interview and secure a job, the Grace Institute was a natural choice for the Women’s Network’s first partnership.
Women who attend the Grace Institute are a varied group, including single mothers, abuse victims, and those who were unable to afford a college education. Our Women’s Network, consisting of recruiters and career experts across a number of industries, attended the charity event to help inspire, encourage and build the confidence of the women who belong to the organization.
The event began with volunteers arriving for breakfast and an orientation with the students and Jessica James, the Grace Institute’s Director of Development. It then progressed to each woman sitting one-on-one with a recruiter or career expert from The Execu|Search Group to tell their stories, review resumes, and discuss professional presentation in an interview. The women also worked on interviewing skills through practicing questions and assessing the strengths and weaknesses in their answers.
From there, the event moved on to a career panel. “We shared stories of how we got to where we are today and what we do, how staffing agencies work, and what our role is in helping people find jobs,” says Daniela D’Alessandro, Director at The Execu|Search Group and co-founder of the Women’s Network. “It became an open forum in which we all shared our experiences, answered questions, gave feedback, and extended our recruiting expertise to these women during their job searches.”
Throughout the course of the day, the Women’s Network got to know each woman personally, from her own individual strengths and weaknesses to her dream job and goals.
“Our experience with The Execu|Search Group was a highlight of the entire semester. Each one of the women who came to Grace wanted to make a real difference in the lives of our students,” says Jessica. “The one-on-one time spent refining resumes and the group discussions about interviews, job searching, careers, and the world of staffing agencies gave our job seekers critical, relevant information that they would not have had access to otherwise. The Women’s Network’s very presence was a shining example of what is possible in their own lives.”