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One-on-one concept for career counseling works for Griffin

Angela Griffin’s warmth and passion for career coaching easily shine through her conversation as she explains how she was led to open One-On-One Career Coach Company last April.

After years of working in employment counseling, she was ready to take a more hands-on approach. The 44-year-old Rankin County native was on medical leave from her WIN Job Center management position last December when the idea for starting her own business took form.

“I spent time studying and meditating about what I wanted to do,” she recalls. “A command and vision were given to me by a higher power. I saw that other needs should be met while I was at the WIN Center. There will always be a need for upgrading skills and filling the needs of technology and an aging workforce. I didn’t know how, but I wanted to use my skills to serve.”

Right direction

Griffin decided on the name based on what she wanted to give back to the community. “People have individual questions they won’t ask in a group setting,” she said. “They want a one-on-one setting.”

Things are going well with the new business, located on U.S. 80 East in Pearl, and the owner is excited about the direction it’s taking.

“I’m listening for that inner strength and path to be determined for me,” she said. “I have a desire to work with individuals and businesses to help with their employees.”

Through her one-on-one coaching and past experience, Griffin sees the empowerment of those seeking assistance as the greatest need.

“I’m giving them the tools and resources to look for their talents and gifts,” she said. “Then I focus on them so they can be enhanced, building on their confidence of self. As a coach, I’m there to assist in the development of an action plan with the goal of expanding their awareness.”

She also helps develop resumes, find jobs and acts as an advocate for clients. She observes that many young people are graduating from college without a career plan.

Finding that niche

“Without a doubt, I have found my niche,” she said. “I loved what I was doing at WIN and believe in everything the centers stand for, but this business — the only one of its kind in the area — is an opportunity to do it on a personal level. I can spend quality time with clients.”

The former Angela Jenkins grew up in Brandon with parents who were wonderful role models. She graduated from Pearl High School, attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received an online degree from American Intercontinental University of Atlanta, Ga.

“A lot of things that happened in my life didn’t allow me to complete a regular degree,” she said.

Griffin worked in clerical, administrative and vendor relations for several companies before obtaining a job in the Pearl State Employment Office in 1995 where she worked in the resume service, a post that introduced her to matching skills with positions.

“My work in different jobs gave me a diversified skill base and allowed me to be more flexible,” she says.

Her career reached a turning point when she was asked to join the employment service’s Nissan Project Team to help staff the giant automaker’s Canton plant. She traveled the state doing pre-employment screening because of her experience with the resume service where she learned the buzz words to look for.

“That was the hallmark of my career,” she said. “I learned new skills. It was the start of a new era for me.”

Griffin became manger of the Nissan Project Team, followed by management roles with WIN Job Centers in Jackson and Canton.

“I learned early on to be flexible, open to opportunities, and to focus on what motivates me,” she said. “I always wanted to be an encourager; available to help people. My company is a ministry for me.”

Down time

The soft-spoken career coach enjoys reading, especially inspirational reading as she seeks to learn more about leadership. “I try to leave a professional image with those I encounter,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve changed. I’ve probably been the same person I’ve always been – ambitious and headstrong.”

Her husband, Jerry Griffin, owner of a tree service, and her three children are near and dear to her heart along with her church family, Trinity United Methodist in Brand

Contact MBJ contributing writer Lynn Lofton at llofton656@aol.com.on.

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