Kimberly Myers (please call me Kim) is a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.
Currently I am working as a Career Broker with Washington State’s WorkSource one-stop system. Leadership in the state realized with chagrin about a year ago that the number of Unemployment claimants in this state who exhaust the full 18 months of their UI benefits and extensions without getting a job have skyrocketed. Many have not received employment services from a local WorkSource in over a year; some have never used WorkSource at all! The position I now hold was the result of that observation– the state invested for some 30 individuals with extensive employment counseling and case management experience to get these people back to work as soon as possible. I am proud to be one of those.
The blogs I publish are based on the observations and experiences I have while working with the countless scores of unemployed or underemployed people who come through our doors. I hope to be able to shed light on issues currently facing our job seekers.
NOTE: While I work for a state agency, anything I publish is my personal opinion and not necessarily the opinions or position of my agency or state.