Career Solutions is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides career transition services including career counseling, vocational testing and assessment, and work/life skill building classes and seminars to middle and low-income clients (200% of poverty guidelines) through our Displaced Homemaker, Dislocated Worker and Military Family Re-adjustment services.
We provide these services at no cost thanks to grants and vendor partnerships with the Department of Economic Development.
We also provide these services to members of the public at large at below-market cost.
Our goal is to reach as many people in need as possible and assist them with the challenge of making an often unexpected or unwanted work/life/career transition.
We have a professional staff of four Master's-level counselors.
We provide services in the communities we serve using facilities at churches, domestic abuse shelters etc as well as our main office.
What new functionality we are looking for
Ease of navigation, simplicity and visually-aesthetically appealing.
Many of our clients are technologically challenged (or phobic) and will not proceed to ask for help or assistance if they perceive even minimal barriers.
We would also like to be able to put more client stories (with pictures) up on the website.
As you can see, it's a pretty spartan affair right now.
Anything that makes it more user friendly and dynamic would be awesome.
Something like an interactive calender of upcoming classes/seminars etc would be beyond out wildest dreams.
(The user friendly goes for Career Solutions' staff who update/change it as well).
How the new functionality will help
We try to stress the importance of a killer resume to our clients, and a good website is an organization's resume, put forth to the community.
And as with a great resume, clarity creates results.
So very many of our clients tell us how alone and isolated they have felt before connecting with our services. Putting client stories & photos on the website will help "normalize" their situation and makes it more likely they will seek help.
(Clients often tell us that we were there to give them hope when that commodity was in very short supply...)
Finally, the more appealing the site, the more professional the look, the better it will perform for leveraging referrals from allied professions such as health care workers, public health nurses, community-based crisis or transition centers, mental health providers, clergy members and the public at-large thereby enabling us to reach a wider audience of potential service users.
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Who will use the technology
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