Hiring Challenge: The last time that I worked was in 2006 in Washington State. After my husband was medically retired, I started to look for a job as a receptionist without success, probably because of the long time since I worked last.
Assistance Received: In our last duty station, Fort Stewart, GA. I interpreted for spouses that don't speak English at their doctor’s appointments and hospital visits. Last year, I took a training to be certified as a Professional Medical Interpreter. Afterwards, I didn't
know how to incorporate it in my Resume. I reached out to Esposas Militares USA Armed Forces. I knew Lina Irizarry- De La Cruz was the person in charge of everything related to jobs. I contacted her, and she helped me right away through MSCCN. I took trainings on how to do a resume, how to make my LinkedIn profile more professional and accessible for recruiters, and how to handle and prepare myself for a job interview. I didn't know that I could add my volunteer work as experience. Thanks to that advice, all the places where I applied, called me back, were very interested in my experience, and asked me for an interview. Now I work at Northside Hospital as a Foreign Language Medical Interpreter.
I am very grateful for all the help that Mrs. Irizarry – De La Cruz gave me. If it weren't for her, I would probably still be looking for a job or maybe working in something that I don't like. Now, I am doing something that I really love!!!
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After working with Lina for less than two months, Vanessa was offered a position at Northside Hospital!