My new job:Tobey Libber (BA ’74, MSW ’76)
After a job search of nearly two years and a few visits to Alumni Career Services, alum Tobey Libber is the new executive director of Jewish Family Services Housing Inc. He manages properties and social services for older adults in the Milwaukee area.
Previously, he worked as program officer for the Helen Bader Foundation and was director of planning and community services for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, in addition to multiple board membership roles.
As he searched for an advanced nonprofit leadership role, Libber found himself branching out into different areas of the nonprofit world and exercising new skill sets, including networking through social media.
He also found himself at the Golda Meir Library. “I loved the buzz and energy around Golda Meir Library. It brought back memories of my college years.”
Through Alumni Career Services, also on the UWM campus, he accessed résumé advice and interview assistance. Despite adapting his job search to the 21st century, he sometimes worried that he might never find another job after being downsized. A sense of determination helped.
“I would get knocked down every time like a fighter getting a punch to the jaw, but in three or five days I was back at it again. Persistence and keeping in touch with contacts ultimately made the difference.”
Here’s Libber’s advice for the current job seeker: “Interviewers want to hear passion. They want to know how you will positively impact their organization or company. So when you interview you need to adjust the way you approach your interview accordingly.”