Sam #VolunteerSpotlight

December 18, 2017

“I’m from New York City and homelessness is a huge problem there, similar to here. Growing up I was so upset whenever I saw homeless people and always felt powerless to help them. So that was what really appealed to me about Chrysalis. It’s not handouts and it’s not charity. It’s professional work guidance to people that have, for one reason or another, had a hard time. That really means a lot to me,” shared volunteer Sam.

For the last year and a half, Sam has taught Job Prep 3: The Interview to clients in Pacoima. When she’s not volunteering, Sam is a musician, a writer, a performer, a storyteller, and a marketing copy-writer. Because she is a freelancer, she is particularly well-equipped to teach clients about job interviews because she’s “had more jobs and job interviews than most people because that’s the nature of freelancing.”

One of Sam’s primary goals of her classes is to instill confidence in the clients. She says, “the most important thing is to remind them that we’re all human beings in this world. So the people on the other side of the table have also looked for jobs… we’re all people and we all go through this same process regardless of what our background is.

Her favorite part of the class is when “there are these moments when the clients feels like they have nothing to offer… and then the more I talk to them, the more they realize their strengths and what they can offer to an employer.”

In addition to helping her clients find confidence for their interview, Sam enjoys helping clients understand respect, and the importance of it in the job search. “In my class, I always talk about respect as being what professionalism is really all about when you get all the way down to the core of it because I think that professionalism is not wearing a tie and carrying a briefcase and being a robot, it’s being respectful for the people that you work for, for the job itself, for the people you work with, and for the person your interviewing with.”



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