Michigan Works prepares for staggering unemployment

Garrett Bettinger thought he had job security as a tool and die maker.
Garrett Bettinger thought he had job security as a tool and die maker.
"Know your skills, Know those skills you take to the employer," said Julie Montri with Michigan Works.
"Know your skills, Know those skills you take to the employer," said Julie Montri with Michigan Works.

By Dick Berry - email

Posted by LS - email

Look for Michigan's unemployment rate to get even worse when new numbers are released Thursday.

The state already has the nation's highest jobless rate at just over 10.5%. Governor Jennifer Granholm says the January numbers are not going to be good.

So how do you find a job there?

Garrett Bettinger thought he had job security as a tool and die maker. He found out last week that wasn't the case. He was laid off after three-and-a-half years of steady work. "I didn't necessarily see it coming, but I wasn't surprised," he told News 11.

Now Garret finds himself at Michigan Works, an Internet-based job resource. They're busy there, helping 400 people who come through the doors every week.

There is reason for optimism. "What I'm seeing is a lot of hope for individuals who are taking that chance and retraining to obtain new skills in growth occupations," said Julie Montri with Michigan Works.

To get that job, you can post your resume on the Michigan Works web site. You can also go on-line to locate jobs across the Wolverine state. With these resources, you don't have to come in every day. You can access it all at home or from the library.

"Know your skills," said Montri, "Know those skills you take to the employer. A lot of people feel when they lose a job, they lose the ability to do work. The skills transfer with that individual."

That's the approach Bettinger will take. "I'm just looking for something, preferably staying in the trades or machining, something along those lines."

The folks at Michigan Works have a piece of advice. Finding a full-time job is a full-time job. Never give up. Never take 'no' for an answer.