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Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Career Advisor

Self

Seymour, CT

MBA in HR Management, Certified Career Development Facilitator looking for new opportunities.

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Self Employed

Career Advisor

Social media strategist and consultant for job seekers and entrepreneurs, providing the necessary skills and tools to market themselves to their target audience.

Provides information, advice and guidance to help people make realistic choices about their education, training and work.

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Windham High School

Career Center Coordinator

Career Advising:
Provided leadership for promoting career awareness, exploration and planning through the following activities:

Individual and small group counseling at all grade levels to identify and clarify each student's interests, abilities and goals.

Use of College and Career Center resources including computer software, reference books and career pamphlets.

Administration and interpretation of career interest inventories, aptitude assessments, career exploration resources .

Coordination of career development activities in conjunction with classroom teachers, school counselors, local colleges and employers.
Career development services including resume writing, job search assistance, career coaching and interview preparation.

Career Center Management:
Coordinated all Career Center activities designed to prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Designed Career Center website to provide valuable, up-to-date information and advice to students, teachers, parents, and the business community.

Employer Relations:
Created and maintained a program to maximize students’ opportunities to participate in job shadows and internships, and related forms of experiential learning.

Developed and implemented marketing and outreach programs to promote programs and services.

Increased partnerships with local employers by 80% within 6 months.
Established relationships with over 100 colleges in the New England area.

Event & Volunteer Coordinator:
Successfully coordinated the planning and scheduling of multiple career days, college fair and career fairs.

Recruited & managed volunteers and interns wishing to work with high school students.

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EASTCONN

Internship Coordinator

Handled temporary assignments for BRS student referrals (e.g., summer youth employment, internships).
Results:
- Placed 90% of student referrals in summer youth employment positions.
- Assisted with timesheets, evaluations, schedules, transportation, paychecks, etc.

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United services, Inc

Vocational Coordinator

Provided oversight of vocational services for adults with severe mental illness and/or substance abuse issues in the northeast CT / Windham area. Responsibilities included staff supervision and training, management of daily operations, job development, marketing, and business development.

Marketed & delivered an array of employer services, such as pre-screening services, background checks, first-tier interviewing, and other key human resource-related services.

Performed department intakes to assess and identify clients’ needs, strengths and interests through pre-vocational and vocational services, leading to successful employment of clients in jobs based on their choices and strengths. Assigned new referrals to Vocational Counselors.

Accomplishments:
• Promoted from Vocational Counselor to Vocational Coordinator within 5 months of hire date.
• Supervised staff of four Vocational Counselors.
• 80-90% placement rate.
• Partnered with TVCCA & CTWorks to establish the North Eastern Job Developer’s Consortium.

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Job Corps

Career&Education Counselor/Co-Disability Coordinator

Helped young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.
Results:
- Provided educational, vocational, personal, social and career development counseling to students between the ages of 16-24.
- Identified students’ career development needs and coordinated the delivery of center and community resources.
- Assisted students in developing positive work habits, attitudes and work ethics.
- Provided students with the opportunity to participate in community based vocational training settings.
- Collaborated with various team members regarding work experience/experiential learning situations.

Transition Specialist (Women in Community Service contract)
- Provided one-to-one counseling and opportunities for student engagement in service-learning projects.
- Assisted in coordinating work-based learning opportunities for students.
- Worked with individual students and led seminars to develop a plan to meet his/her transitional needs for independent living.
- Collaborated with Dress for Success & Clothes Make the Man to get free interview clothing for students ready to look for a job or graduate from the program.
- Recruited and managed volunteers to work with the students as speakers, workshop facilitators, mentors and tutors.

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Equal Opportunities

Career Advisor

Resume construction designed to highlight client skills and accomplishments.
Job-search assistance

American School for the Deaf

Placement Specialist/Job Developer

Employer services: including orientation to deafness, assistance in screening and recruiting deaf and hard of hearing applicants, training, instructing, and supervising individuals on the job site, support and problem resolution, and communication facilitation between employer, employee and co-workers designed to develop natural supports in the workplace.

Job Development and Placement Services: designed to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and transitioning high school students prepare for and obtain meaningful employment: job preparation, work adjustment training, on-site supervision and job training, task analysis and coaching job assistance in developing interpersonal and social skills, assistance in understanding company policies, rules, and benefits, transportation training for independent travel, and peer mentor services.

Accomplishments:
Increased department's placement rate from 20% to 60% during the first six months of hire date. Maintained an average 80% placement rate

Managed case load of 100+ client referrals from DDS, BRS, DMHS, and BESB.

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SARAH Employment Services

Job Developer

Promoted from Job Coach to Job Developer after four months from date of hire.

Solely responsible for developing group supported and competitive employment opportunities for program participants referred through DDS, BRS, DSS, DMHS and local schools.

Provided placement, vocational assessments, case management, job skills training, coaching and follow-up support for each consumer.

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ARC of New London County

Job Coach

Provided employment transition services to meet the varied needs of program participants, including: Individual Placement, Group Supported Employment, and Transition to Work.

Develop job experiences designed to match the needs of each individual, averaging between 90-100% employment rates.

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May Institute

Career Educator

Provided comprehensive services, ranging from center-based work skills training to community-based job coaching and support. Individuals received a level of support based on their unique abilities, with the ultimate goal of gaining the skills required for competitive employment.

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Capella University

MBA, Human Resources Management

Springfield College

Bachelor of Science, Human Services