New face to the unemployment struggle

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - More and more Alabama residents are being impacted by the job crisis. The Alabama Career C0enter in Montgomery is seeing hundreds of people a day, from various backgrounds.

For this wife and mother of two, being without a job for almost three months has been rough.

"It's a hard road and it gets very discouraging," Burdick said.

Seeking help at the Alabama Career Center in Montgomery is a new experience for Sheila Burdick.

"For the first time, I've had to put my children on Medicaid and WIC and I'm used to being able to provide for my family," Burdick said.

She doesn't qualify for unemployment, having worked for almost eleven years as a human resources director at a non- profit mission organization that had to layoff workers due to the recession.

"I have a son that has a kidney disease and he cannot go without medical insurance and so when I knew I was loosing my job, we stopped paying our house payments so that we could save our funds to pay for his medical insurance," Burdick said.

She has two degrees and still no luck. And she's not only struggling, there are more than 10,000 unemployed residents in Montgomery county alone.

"We have 300 to 500 people a day that come through our office," Dean said.

Career counselors stress the importance of updating your resume, shifting categories, and being specific.

"Give a good indication of what you did at the job everyday. So they know you are reliable, dependable and have the experience they are looking for," Alabama Career Center Counselor Carole Dean said.

Counselor hope more people will walk through these doors for free training and resources to get back into the workforce.

Another tip is if you have your education at the top of your resume, move it to the bottom. Also, apply for all jobs, even if they are not in your field.

The latest numbers from August reveal there are 221,000 Alabama residents without a job. That's 2,000 fewer people than the previous month. September unemployment numbers are expected to be released this Friday.


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