Dislocated Worker Thankful for Staff Support

Clinton Township Career Center

After 15 years with Citibank I found myself a victim of “corporate downsizing” at the end of April (along with several hundred other employees, as well). During my down-time, I was working on applying for unemployment assistance and made my way into the Michigan Works! Clinton Township office. Audrey Thomas at the front desk was immediately inviting and cordial and proceeded to explain some of the programs that were offered there.

I completed all courses required for my Circuit Certificate and found all the instructors helpful and informative. I especially wanted to call out Joe Genest who always went out of his way to make sure the class was getting what they needed and was always genuinely concerned about seeing to it that we got back into the workforce. He and John Babcock reviewed my resume together with me in Resume 2 and offered a few pointers.

Lori Hampton was even kind enough to print me out several copies of my finalized resume and references on very nice quality parchment paper which looked fantastic. I then put them together in the plastic report covers & purchased the Thank You Cards and hand-wrote them immediately after my interviews (as suggested by Joe during the Circuit).

He mentioned that the average time for someone to return to work after a layoff nationwide was 3.5 months and, as it turns out, I will be returning to the workforce again as of August 14th with Lender Live Mortgage Services in Madison Heights as an Operations Director.

Thanks again to all your folks there who helped make an unpleasant and unexpected life changing event easier to handle!

Submitted by Brian Heck