Meet Mary Scott – Redondo Beach
Mary Scott, Redondo Beach resident and U.S. Navy Veteran, was laid off from her job as Editor in Chief, Lifestyle Editor, and Editorial Assistant for the Palos Verdes Peninsula News after 15 years due to a decline in the print media industry. Not being in the job market for almost 16 years, Ms. Scott knew she needed to learn about the new expectations of hiring managers and recruiters.
Ms. Scott was familiar with the South Bay One-Stop Career Center – Torrance services from a previous layoff in the late 1990’s. As soon as she noticed the industry she was working for was losing jobs she outreached to the South Bay One-Stop Career Center – Torrance for services.
The One-Stop staff, particularly her counselor encouraged Ms. Scott while she was in search for her dream job. In the meantime, Ms. Scott had a part-time job to help her pay the bills. Her counselor worked with her by practicing mock interviews, reviewing her resume and cover letters. More importantly, Ms. Scott, reports to have received encouragement from her counselor in moments of despair.
Outcome and Benefits:
Two years after starting her journey, Ms. Scott landed a dream job. She secured a position as a Marketing Assistant with GPA Consulting in El Segundo. Her role with GPA Consulting is writing and editing project proposals and content for marketing materials such as staff bios, the company blog and company newsletter, and creates design and layout for marketing materials including presentation folders and brochures.
“Job-hunting is lonely and soul-sucking. Being at the One-Stop provided support and encouragement that really helped sustain my sanity during that time.”