A Career of Serving Career Seekers
Dr. Adolpho Sanchez, Ph.D. is known for being unconventional, especially when it comes to helping job seekers. With workshops like “Becoming a Top Gun Pilot in your Job Search Efforts” and “Becoming Captain and Commander of Your Job; Your Career; and Your Life” he uses his creativity and expertise in the military, education and the private sectors as a volunteer coordinator with the Library’s Job Search Assistance Program (JSA) at the North University Community Branch Library.
Adolpho and his volunteer assistants help JSA program participants with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, networking and how to overcome personal and job-related obstacles. “As I stress in my training materials, there is a battle going on out there in the marketplace related to finding work and generating income,” Adolpho says. “I like to call it the ‘War on Unemployment of Self.’ As such, I like to get our participants to be ‘battle hardened’ so they can survive the shocks that come with looking for work.”
Adolpho’s program is highly refined, with participants following discreet steps toward success. There is an initial interview to determine what the job seeker needs followed by homework to continually increase skills. Adolpho’s biggest goals are to provide job seekers with the necessary tools and to give them hope in a tough economy. It doesn’t matter where a person is in their search—the program helps the unemployed, the underemployed, part-time workers and former military members.
Adolpho also stresses that job seekers be familiar with the library’s outstanding resources, particularly those available online. “I have found that many patrons are not aware of the tremendous amount of resources they can find that will increase their job search effectiveness,” he says. “The San Diego Public Library computer system available to our community represents the most powerful tool in the job search besides networking.”
Adolpho grew up in San Diego, attending Southwest Junior High and Mar Vista High School, and went on to earn a B.A. in Industrial Personnel Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. He earned his Ph.D. in education at the University of Pittsburgh. He was also an Army Officer at the School of the Americas in the Canal Zone in Panama. He has more than 30 years experience in human resources, as well as a certificate of authorization to serve as an instructor in career exploration. In today’s highly competitive job market, Adolpho’s expertise and enthusiasm are helping give library patrons an edge.
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