Thursday, May 4, 2017
My Goodwill Story – Salena Ohlhausen
I was living in Santa Rosa as a single mom, in desperate need of help. My world was crashing down around me—then I was referred by SonomaWORK to the Targeted Job Search program at Goodwill Industries ~ Redwood Empire. Not only did I find a job, but I found myself. I learned tools I’ve never thought would be part of a job search program.
We worked on my resume, my cover letter, and my 30 second commercial so I would be able to talk about myself easily. I walked in and dropped off my portfolio, and the girls working there said, “You’re so well prepared!” I was dressed in my interview clothes, and ready to share who I was. Within a couple of hours the owner called me for an interview.
The owner liked my smile and friendly manner, and he responded to the confidence I gained for the first time at Goodwill. Being a single mom, confidence has been a challenge. I got the job!
It had been such a long time since I felt happy, I couldn’t even remember how to feel it. I was happy.
Although I started out broken, with help I was able to fix myself. I did that with the help of the awesome ladies and workshops provided by them. I am capable of so much. In this process I’ve grown, learned and opened up. Hope is what Goodwill gave me.