Summary

Welcome to my Visual CV!  I have several talents to share with clients.

Career Coach:   I am a career coach who offers multiple affordable career services, including individual coaching, career transitions groups, and college planning support.  I also teach career-related courses at Portland-area community colleges.  My clients and students describe me as organized, clear, knowledgeable, effective and compassionate.  I am delighted to work with all types of clients, and have specialized skills to work with women, people of color, and older workers.  

Writer:  I'm also a writer. As a former attorney, social worker and grant writer, I have lots of experience with non-fiction and technical types of writing, including reports, briefs, and grants.   I studied and practiced newspaper journalism in the early l990s and have published numerous newspaper news and feature stories, including in the Oregonian. I am currently writing a novel and editing a book of short stories, all set in India, where I grew up.  I will be in South India, from July-December 2012 and will be blogging about my experiences teaching social work to young Indian women in the ancient Hindu city of Madurai.  Sign up to follow my blog at http://blog.cynthiadettman.com/

Work History

Work History
Dec 1997 - Present

Program Coordinator and Instructor

Mt Hood Community College
Dec 1995 - Dec 1997

Program Developer/Grant Writer

Boys and Girls Aid Society
Sep 1978 - Sep 1982

Staff Attorney

Oregon Legal Services

Education

Education
Sep 1991 - Jun 1993

MSW

Portland State University
1974 - 1977

JD

Northeastern University School of Law
Sep 1969 - Jun 1973

BA

Oberlin College

Skills

Skills

grant writing

I am an experienced small grant writer.  I have had a 75% success rate with grant applications.  

writing/editing

I am a skilled non-fiction writer and editor.  I can write short or long pieces on any assigned topic.  My specialties are feature stories that contain both "people" stories and broader analysis.  My primary interests are in writing related to social inequity and social justice, with a focus on multicultural and international topics.  

career coaching

I am skilled at helping clients wherever they are in a career journey: selecting a "passionate" career, changing careers, re-entering the workforce, finding a job, or going back to school.  I can help with career assessments and research, goal setting, networking, and job search.  My approach is down-to-earth, practical, and client-centered.  The client is in charge, I am the mid-wife and facilitator!  I provide my services with both individual and group coaching.