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Job-seekers see some signs of hope in bad economy

Getting educated, honing new skills while they search

Staff Writer, New Jersey Jewish News

About 50 people came to a job workshop at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange on Jan. 7, sponsored by the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest New Jersey.
About 50 people came to a job workshop at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange on Jan. 7, sponsored by the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest New Jersey.

About 50 people came to the job workshop at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange on Jan. 7. Sponsored by the Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest New Jersey, it was part of a series of training and networking events that have been taking place at area synagogues since January 2009.

Workshop presenters included Lisa Slater, a staffing and recruiting consultant; Beverly Feldman, JVS job development coordinator; and Daniel Rushefsky, investment adviser representative at MetLife Wealth Financial Group.

NJJN spoke with five people in transition who attended the workshop. Profiles in last week’s paper covered two job-seekers who saw signs of hope even as their search continued. This week: a “multi-talented multi-tasker” looking for a job in arts education, a data miner seeking a life rope out of the corporate world, and a systems engineer who’s enjoying the extra time with his kids, but would rather be employed.

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