Feb 4, 2010 10:34 PM by Abby Lane

Unemployed for over a year

It's an usual site at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.  A gong now hangs above the computer lab.  Whenever someone gets a job, it's loudly rung.  But on Thursday, it wasn't hit once.

"We're in here every day that they're open," said Jacqueline Johnson who has been looking for a job for the past two years after her husband was laid off.

"It does get frustrating every once in a while but I do try to have faith," she said.

Now she and her husband take turns watching their daughter while the other tries to find work.  "We've had several interviews," she said. "Unfortunately, a lot of the employers these days are so picky about who they hire that we're unable to get a job."

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center says they are seeing people like Jacqueline who have been looking for a job for more than a year. At times like this, the center not only gives advice on how to find jobs, they also advise people to take care of themselves. "Eat right, to get out and exercise," said Michelle Graham, an interim director.

Michelle says positivity is key and suggests increasing face time, reconnecting with references and broadening job searches.

Jacqueline's now looking for anything that matches her skills. Hopefully it won't be too long before it's her turn to get up and hit the gong.



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