Every week, a group of largely unemployed military veterans meets at a Minnesota Workforce Center to practice job interviewing. Many are in their 40s or older, seeking new jobs after losing one to the recession. For them, age isn’t the only obstacle to overcome. Some still need to adjust to a civilian mindset.
College graduates or even dropouts have forgone the 9-to-5 grind to start their own companies — think Bill Gates at Microsoft Corp. or Steve Jobs at Apple Inc. — but rarely in recent years has the economic deck been so heavily stacked against young entrepreneurs.
As chief executive officer of Compass Career Management Solutions in Charlotte, Robyn Crigger often deals with people who have just lost their jobs or are starting to look for work after being displaced.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After endless trolling through career Web sites such as Monster.com and never connecting with a human, Charlene Helm snapped.
"Every day was a constant battle," said Helm, a May 2008 graduate of Appalachian State University. "I was so frustrated I just typed in 'I need a job.'"
And there at the top of the list was www.damnineedajob.com, a Web site designed by Larry Dinsmore of Lexington, which offers T-shirts with the Web site name on the front and your resume printed on the back.
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