Presenter Profile: Cindy Virtue

January 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

By Heather Comstock

This is the first in a series of posts to introduce you to the audacious ladies who make the Empowerment Center work! They go above and beyond to help clients and are determined to make a difference in women’s lives – particularly because they have had to forge their own path through a life transition. Their own experiences coupled with their training and expertise provides a positive experience for women coming through our doors.

Cindy Virtue talks with an attendee at the 2011 Women's Empowerment Conference (photo by Nancy Arseneault)

Cindy Virtue is The Empowerment Center’s Career Coach and has been providing job search and career management coaching for over six years. Throughout her career, Cindy told me she has always tried to work the “career ladder” and work toward advancing her career within the positions she held. Cindy doesn’t stop teaching either! In the time that I have known her, I have learned a lot about what it takes to stand out in today’s professional sphere from resumes to social networking!

After the birth of her second child, Cindy left the workforce to stay at home with her kids. As they grew, she continued to keep her skills fresh by volunteering. She was very involved with the PTA advancing into leadership positions. Volunteering helped her stay connected with other parents and professionals and keep her skills up.

At a job fair nine years ago, she met Empowerment Center founder Lisa Dolce who was looking for administrative help for her company. As Cindy got involved she really enjoyed the work and meeting the clients. She decided to become a coach herself. She currently holds certifications as a Job & Career Transition Coach and a Certified Job Search Strategist. She continues to earn Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) from the Career Master Institute to keep abreast of new developments in the field.

Cindy’s focus is one helping women who are coming back into the workforce after time out to be a caregiver either to children or aging parents. Because she has made the same journey, she understands where these women are and the value they do have for employers. She uses her training to help clients understand their own value, learn to communicate their value to potential employers, and breaks down the job search process in smaller steps making it less intimidating and more manageable.

Come meet Cindy at one of our Free Job Clubs the first Tuesday of each month or sign up for one of her workshops. Her next session is “On Linked In? So What? Getting Started Using Social Media” on Thursday, January 19th at 10:00 a.m. Register here You can contact Cindy via email at cindy@empowerctr.org.  

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