L.K. asks from Utica, MI on June 30, 2008
What a change in my life. My husband and I have always worked in the twenty some years in the job field we love. I'm an accountant and my husband is in the manufacturing field. Last month my husband went to work and then he was laid off. As lot of you may know that this job market is tough. One day we have medical insurance and the next we don't. The company I'm working for is heading in the direction of having their doors closed. What I'm looking for is free job counseling and free personal counseling. With all the stress involved in this it would nice to have a place to go to that we can vent and get some advice on how to handle this and make right decision on the new path we are going on. I have a wonderful husband and I know we will get though this but I starting to see we can't do this by ourselves. It would be nice if it was in the Macomb area
K.A. answers from Detroit on June 30, 2008
I think you should be fine finding a job but it may be more difficult for your husband being in the manufacturing field. There are jobs out there, but the competition is huge. I had an idea, but I don't know how this works. If you no longer have medical insurance, will the state help out with that? I would check into it and see if you can get coverage until you can get your own again.
M.M. answers from Detroit on June 30, 2008
have you thought about looking for another job? there are TONS of openings in this area! and most with full benefits. I work in the accounting field and I sent out 10 resumes in january and got the first job I interviewed for - pay is good full benes etc - just go onto monster.com or indeed.com or careerbuilder.com or various other job postings
and btw you will still have medical if you pay for it, but if you get a job it shouldnt be a problem :) good luck!
K.T. answers from Detroit on February 15, 2009
I'm in the same position, except I'm a single Mom. I lost my job of 32 years & was/is desparate. First things first. Go to the Dept of Health & Human Services on VanDyke just north of 696. On the east side of the street. Pick up the booklet they have at the front desk & fill out everything you may need to help you get thru this. Take it home, fill it out & then return it. You will get a caseworker to help you out (not on that day though). They will help with everything. Your children will get medical/dental coverage & there is help for emergency assistance with your home, utilities, etc. You have put money into the system & pay taxes, by all means, take advantage of whatever you can at this hard time. In that same complex is Michigan Works. You'll need to get in there any way with your resume to get loaded on their site before you can collect unemployment.
Also be sure to sign up for the bridge card also. Don't be embarassed or anything like that. Your best f
riend or your neighbor or another colleague will most likely be in there right along side of you.
Good luck. I believe they have counseling services also. Michigan Works provides financial counseling & also how to deal with these new issues of unemployment.
There is a MI Works booklet with all the classes offered inside. They are all free classes. There are 4 locations open in Macomb county area. I'm signed up for most of them, so maybe I'll see you there.
L.R. answers from Detroit on June 30, 2008
I am sorry to hear about your job situation.
I suggest trtying to contact Jewish Vocational Services they JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) builds the skills needed to succeed in today's workplace. We assist individuals to achieve self-sufficiency, and help businesses fulfill their employment goals. JVS is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1973.
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