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New Resource for Iowa’s Newly Unemployed

June 10, 2009

Des Moines, Iowa – As a result of the recession, many Iowans are finding themselves jobless who haven't had to search for work in years - and they're finding the modern job-hunt is almost as stressful as losing a job in the first place.

The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has launched a new Web page to help people brush up on their job-seeking skills. It was created by Faye Johnson, who oversees the DMACC career counseling service, as a place to go for people who may need help but are reluctant to ask for it, in these areas:

"How do you get job leads? How do you network? How do you draft your cover letter? How do you do resumes and interviews and follow-ups? If you haven't done that in a while, you kind-of forget what those steps are."

As evidence of the way things have changed in the job-search process, Johnson says, today's job-hunt options have expanded far beyond a search in the newspaper classified ads - and the old-fashioned, typewritten resumes are definitely out-of-date.

"If you've been one of those folks who hasn't had to interview or do the resume, that whole field has changed so much. So many companies don't do anything except online initially, so you have to do your resume online. Doing that is different."

To get to the site, visit www.dmacc.edu, and click on "Career Connections." Those who act now to update their skills, she adds, will be positioned to move into new jobs once the recession ends.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA