SOUTHFIELD -- Workers who lose their jobs need to do two
things: Stay active and don't panic.
That's the advice of John Patricolo, executive vice president of
Right Management Consultants Inc. in Southfield. Companies send their
laid-off workers to Right Management to help them find jobs.
"Activity attracts activity," Patricolo said. "People always complain
that they're sending out resumes and they're not getting anything back.
You have to get out there and talk."
At least 140,000 people in Metro Detroit were out of work in April,
according to Michigan Office of Labor Market Information.
Patricolo said money problems and loss of self-esteem lead to panic
among the jobless, making it difficult for them to organize and clearly
communicate thoughts. That, in turn, can make a person emotional and
"That comes through very clearly. You have to understand that you
don't have to do something right now," Patricolo said.
He suggests a person take a week to review goals and skills, then
begin looking for a job and networking.
Failure to network is the most common problem for the jobless,
He suggests job-seekers get an evening or weekend job if necessary to
pay for the gasoline or meals necessary to network.
Friends and family are allies who may know of jobs or have
connections, and conversations with them provide practice in speaking
about goals -- before talking to employers, Patricolo said.
Jacki Cohen, 50, an unemployed training manager from Royal Oak, has
gone through training at Right Management and other services.
Employment consultants forget how difficult it is to actually look
for a job, said Cohen, who has been searching for work off and on for
Friends and family might be helpful for some people, but not
everyone, she said.
"If your uncle happens to be a CEO, then maybe," she said.
Cohen, though, believes in staying active. She worked part-time at a
Bed Bath & Beyond store, which helped her meet people, and she does
volunteer work at a professional association so she can go to meetings
without paying dues.
Gary Anglebrandt is a Metro Detroit free-lance