For over 20 years, the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW Center for Women, a nonsectarian service-provider sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, has provided career guidance programs for hundreds of women throughout Essex County and should be considered a key resource within the Greater MetroWest community for job seekers (“Older and unemployed: Job seekers get help coping with the ‘new normal’”Aug. 8).
NCJW/Essex’s Job Readiness and Career Quest programs offer no-cost or low-cost career guidance to all women looking to re-enter the workforce, including individualized career planning, resume writing, interview skills preparation, job search strategies, and job placement assistance. We also run the Career Closet of NCJW/Essex, which provides, at no cost, interview and work-appropriate clothing for women who cannot afford to purchase these items.
We offer a Job Club, monthly informational sessions that provide opportunities to learn from professionals speaking about timely job readiness topics and to share with others the challenges and new opportunities relating to the job search.
Computer Classes to help women gain or improve their technical skills in areas including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks are available at low or no cost to all women.
NCJW/Essex’s newest program, RISE, Reaching Into Self-Empowerment, includes single and multi-session workshops for women in transition, contemplating a life change or seeking re-entry into the workforce by building confidence and increasing self-esteem.
Jill Johnson, Anita Cohen, Teddi Dolph
Cochairs, Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW Center for Women