As an expression of our Social Purpose, we partner with workforce development organizations who serve underrepresented job seekers.
With WholeStory, our partners' clients (job seekers) gain confidence and grow their ability to communicate their soft skills in the interview, better informing hiring managers.
Back in September of 2019, we brought on our first strategic workforce development partner, Year Up. They were the first of several and have paved the way for our mission-aligned, community based partnerships to help differentiate underrepresented job seekers in the interview. WholeStory’s introduction into Year Up’s program added significant value. A 2020 study showed that after using WholeStory, Year Up participants were measurably more confident in talking about their job-critical soft skills in interview-type settings.
We recently had the opportunity to interview Melanie Chavez about how they’ve used WholeStory thus far. Melanie is an Employment Placement Manager at Year Up Puget Sound and a passionate, multi-talented non-profit aficionado.
Through this partnership, we conducted a study on the effectiveness of job seekers using WholeStory for their interview preparation, in conjunction with a team of research psychologists. We then replicated the study with hundreds of students, spanning multiple additional Year Up cohorts and multiple cohorts from other workforce development partners.
The study results were consistent for every cohort. WholeStory significantly improved participants’ confidence in the interview process. Job seekers are significantly more confident in both talking about themselves and standing out from the crowd when they use WholeStory. Their confidence and ability to communicate their soft skills translates to hiring managers being better informed about their soft skills, the most important success factor for new hires.
"Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems."
— Gever Tulley