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Job hunting - not easy in a weak economy

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ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Job lay-offs have hit home in Rochester as some businesses close their doors, while others trim employees.

As more lay-offs continue, people trying to find work are hitting a brick wall as, managers sometimes have a stack of hundreds of applications for just one job.

They're saying places such as the Workforce Center are a great resource for those looking for a job.

They have the latest help wanted information and resume tips all on their computers.

Unfortunately, nowadays, you may have to wait in line to grab a spot.

"I've been looking for work since the beginning of August, and I still haven't found anything."

Nickolas Haskin says his family has to rely on government services like food stamps and medical assistance, but he says he still has to pay the rent and support his kids.

"People are not just living on public assistance, they're just surviving."

Haskin says he's seen more people come to the Workforce Center in the same situation now that more businesses are laying off workers.

"We're seeing a lot more lay-offs that are happening across the board. It's not just in certain industries."

"You know, I'm not trying to sound like I'm just thinking about myself, but when all those people are out there looking for work, it's going to be even harder."

According to Kate Johansen, a career counselor at Workforce Development, Haskin is doing everything right, and he's coming to the right place.

People who are now looking for jobs have to be proactive.

"Start updating your resume. Do a skills assessment, to find out what skills you have that are transferrable or marketable in this area."

Joyce Skjeie with the Family Service and Assistance Division says people should not be afraid to ask for help, though applying for aid can be frustrating at times.

"It's, I've been working; I know that I have an education, but there isn't another job I can go to. So just getting involved in all the government programs, it's pretty lengthy for somebody who hasn't been involved in it before.

For Haskin, he's putting his hopes on a new Presidential administration.

"I'm hoping that, you know, with the election and everything, that promises that were made before the election come through, because if they do, it might look a little better."

For those looking for employment, Kate Johansen says if you can afford it, you may want to take classes to update your skills.

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