Success Stories: Carl


Specialty Foods Lead

Kingsdale Center Giant Eagle Market District

After 30-plus years in business, I thought I knew and had retained a lot. During my Jewish Family Services experience, however, I was reminded on a frequent basis of what I had forgotten, as well as how to polish my strengths and ALWAYS place a positive angle on my opportunities.

The workshop training I received from the Jewish Family Services team was really great. We held mock interviews through the Gavel Club that were very revealing with regard to each of our strengths and weaknesses. And it was always uplifting to see the kind, smiling faces of those in the program that were facing the same challenges I was.

Asking me to choose the most beneficial part of the SUCCESS program is like asking me to pick a favorite relative! But if I had to narrow it down, I’d say it was the support I received from my coach, Karen Hughes. I wanted to change careers but didn’t know what I wanted to do or how to get there. My resume looked like a document from before typewriters were invented. My self esteem was taking a hit. However, her driving encouragement, support and follow up helped me get over those things. I owe her a great debt of gratitude for not letting me lose sight of the goal and keeping me on track.


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