About Career Resource Center (CRC)
Unemployed and underemployed workers are not just statistics; they are real people, seeking guidance and support. Whether seeking a career change, returning to the workforce after a break, having recently graduated from college, or experiencing the devastating effects of job loss, we cut through the turmoil and get families back on their feet assisting job candidates to find meaningful work.
We provide our community with a warm and welcoming setting in which to search for their future, helping them remain positive and motivated. We teach self-reliance as the cornerstone of success. Members learn more about themselves, explore career options, and develop a focused plan of action through meetings with advisors and attendance at education and training programs. Job candidates learn to articulate their talents and successfully market themselves, maximizing their chance to find satisfying employment.
Transforming careers has remained constant throughout our 30 year history. Individualized counseling, career-skills workshops, and an array of informational material have accelerated the return to significant and productive career paths of over 14,000 individuals. Members span a range of disciplines, professions, experiences, and compensation levels. Keeping pace with changing marketplace demands, technological advances, employer expectations, candidate needs, and the economic environment, we deliver high-caliber employment assistance. Career Resource Center continues to transform careers with responsive, efficient, compassionate, and comprehensive employment resources and support.
Mission and History
Our goal is to Change Lives and Strengthen Communities with Confidence-Building, Results-Focused Employment Resources. CRC began 30 years ago as a religious outreach mission with an innovative approach to serving the needs of a few local individuals impacted by the “white collar” recession. With foresight and wisdom the original founders conceived of and established an organization that relied entirely on volunteers to oversee and deliver services.
Career Resource Center is now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit career transition center. CRC continues to transform careers through responsive, efficient, compassionate, and individualized employment resources and support. CRC’s mission of Transforming Careers has remained constant over our long history.
Our high-quality services are specifically recommended to professionals in job transition by a significant number of community organizations including family services, libraries, local chambers of commerce, townships, city governments, religious communities, and the state job centers. Our network of 800+ organizations, all who receive our monthly Calendar of Events, allows CRC to use a community-based approach to help move people along the spectrum toward financial stability, working together to build communities of self-reliant citizens. CRC makes referrals to appropriate organizations for assessment testing, computer training, emotional support, financial assistance, emergency assistance and other needs.
CRC is able to leverage the strengths and resources of the surrounding communities by engaging our team of more than 100 volunteers, who offer their expertise pro-bono to serve on the Board of Directors, deliver education and training programs, coach candidates, greet visitors and candidates, and perform many of CRC’s operational functions. These talented cadres of volunteers, who reside in the surrounding communities, make it possible for CRC to fulfill its mission.
Volunteer advisors/coaches are vetted through a rigorous process to ensure that CRC recruits high-quality, experienced professionals. These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, but what they all have in common is their experience with developing individuals in their careers, the hiring process, and experience with employees during the separation process. Advisors come from senior leadership roles at companies that include Kraft, Abbott, Grainger, University of Chicago, FGMK, and Arthur Anderson to name a few, and others are professional career coaches.