Job-IQ Takes a different approach to career development
JOB-IQ is a Washington, D.C.-based startup social enterprise that provides digital learning via smart phone to enable job seekers to develop career readiness skills, build workplace networks, and create meaningful life work.
WORKSHOPS, MATERIALS, INDIVIDUALIZED COUNSELING, COACHING, AND CONNECTIONS
JOB-IQ disrupts traditional approaches to career development guiding job seekers through four stages of career education: Introspection > Intentional Exploration> Job > Smart Career Path. We offer individuals, universities and colleges and workforce development programs an on-demand web and smart phone application to build job search skills, confidence, and relationships that bridge to the workplace.
Founder Molly Mahoney Matthews' dream is to help people of all ages connect the dots between education and employment. Molly brings entrepreneurial expertise to JOB-IQ. Her previous company, Matthews Media Group (MMG), a full-service public relations and marketing firm, grew to 150 employees and was acquired by Omnicom Group.
Molly is the author of JOB-IQ: Making Education and Entrepreneurship Count. (Formerly, Unsinkable: Find a Job, Create a Career, Build a Business, and workbooks: Get Ready to Find a Job, Write an Effective Resume, Interview for Success, and Market and Brand You!
Molly was appointed by Maryland's Governor to the board of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (chair 2010-13), served as a trustee at The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (chair 2009-2011), and was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Society in Higher Education, 2010. She also served as chair of Montgomery County's Charter Commission (2010-14.) She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington.
Who is ready for a new career?
Everyone deserves the dignity of a job that optimizes their potential. Today a college degree or technical training doesn’t always lead to employment. There are over 8M unemployed and an additional 22M underemployed Americans. Here are some composite stories about the kinds of people who benefit from JOB-IQ.
A first-generation college student started Job-IQ during her senior year to get a jump on the job market. She completed JOB-IQ skills workshop where she created her resume and refined helped her branding and networking plans. JOB-IQ stayed with her through interviewing, negotiating a job offer, and getting started in the work world.
A seasoned corporate vice president was at a dead end. The work was no longer challenging and had limited prospects. He went back to school. He earned a degree in a new discipline only to discover the leap to an entry-level positon required too big a pay cut. JOB-IQ helped him develop his long-held entreneurial dream using both experience and education.
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Following three decades as a high school teacher, this candidate was ready to retire but felt she had so much more to give. JOB-IQ helped her set new career goals. She enjoyed community work and volunteered at a local charity where she has bene hired as the director of advancement.
JOB-IQ: The Book
GREAT read. I enjoyed the energetic, uplifting tone.
I turn to the book before facing a career challenge for just the dose of inspiration I need.
I wish I had read this book a couple of jobs ago.
A lot of your advice when it came to starting your own business helped me think about what I've been doing wrong since starting freelancing.
Your story about getting a job you loved, then getting squeezed out, and dealing with the stress of starting a new business helped me put some of my recent career snafus in perspective.
You can order the book (link to come, pending reprint)
WORKBOOKS VIA SMART PHONE APPLICATION COMING SOON!
In The News
ATLANTIC JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
ATLANTIC JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: WHY JOHNNY IS STILL ON YOUR COUCH AND YOUR TAB BY MOLLY MATTHEWS
JOHNNY FIGURES HE’LL SPEND HIS EVENING WITH A BEER, WATCHING A GAME WHILE HE TEXTS ON HIS SMART PHONE. LETHARGIC AND DEPRESSED, HE’LL SETTLE ON HIS PARENTS’ SOFA AND WONDER WHAT HAPPENED. JUST A YEAR AGO, HE WAS A POPULAR COLLEGE SENIOR, GETTING GOOD GRADES, HANGING OUT AND PLAYING SPORTS. Read full article here.
CBS RADIO: BIZTALK WITH JOSH I SMITH
MOLLY AND GRANVILLE SAWYER, AUTHOR OF COLLEGE IN FOUR YEARS, ENJOY A CONVERSATION ABOUT BOOKENDS: ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION FROM COLLEGE TO CAREER.
RX FOR EMPLOYABILITY
A workforce training initiative funding by EARN MARYLAND, A the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. RX for Employability is a demonstration project leveraging multiple sectors and resources in Montgomery County to create a sustainable and replicable career pathways.
RX for Employability recruited candidates from social service networks, provided pharmacy technician, coding, and sterilization processor training and connected graduates with employers such as CVS, Washington Adventist hospital, and physical offices.