Surviving the Pink Slip: Part 3

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As more workers continue to be laid off, and more factories forced to shut down, many people are finding themselves unemployed.

This week we've shown you what that situation has been like for a local family when a husband and father of three lost his job.

When Ravenswood's Century Aluminum shut down last month, it had a huge impact on Joseph Ewing who had worked there for two decades.

So far, his family has filed for unemployment, sold many of their assets and now he and his wife Amy have decided to go back to school, but all of those things alone won't bring in the paychecks they were used to.

It may seem as though life for the Ewing family is spinning out of control, but things are finally starting to slow down after Joseph and Amy made the decision to get more education.

The Ewing's are sure that with help from family, they can live comfortably while going back to school, but for those needing some extra cash, staffing service supervisor Sandy Brown with Manpower, says you can make up to $60 a week without it affecting unemployment.

"If you have the opportunity to get a part time job, especially if it's in an area you need more experience in, by all means take advantage of that because it's gonna look good on your resume," Brown said.

Speaking of resumes, Brown also says keeping it updated is the first step to getting a new job.

"Do not put your picture on a resume. It can be discrimination if somebody feels you're either too young or too old," she said.

But there are other things that should be included. First, list other job experiences, especially those that relate to the position. Then, note the education you've had. And computer skills is something Brown says many employers are looking for.
But if you really want to grab their attention, you may want to go the extra mile.

"In most cases if you can, include a cover letter with it, expressing your interest in the company," Brown said.

The job hunt doesn't end with the resume. Brown says it's the face to face interview everyone should be prepared for.

"Get on the Internet or somewhere you can find the history of that company, so that you can have some pertinent questions to show that you are actually very much interested in becoming a part of that company's family so to speak," she said.

Something the Ewing family is eager to take on.

"It's time for a change," Amy said. "Yeah, we're ready," Joseph said.

Ready for the next chapter after the previous one took an unexpected twist.

If any of you job seekers are looking for more tips to getting that next job, tune into WTAP's 5 p.m. newscast, where Sandy Brown will be giving some good advice for folks on the job hunt in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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