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Job seekers adapting to times

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- Like millions of others, Matt Miller was hit hard by the recession.

"It closed the factory where I worked so I'm out of work going back to school," said Miller, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

Miller worked five years at his factory job and planned to be there many years more.

"I figured I'd retire there, but now that's not going to happen," Miller said.

As the economy shows signs of improvement, Miller is attempting to make himself more marketable in the work place.

Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids offers monthly classes and free workshops to help people like Miller prepare for landing a job.

Kirkwood is reporting a 60 percent increase in attendance to these workshops since they started up in 2006

"We've definitely seen an increase in the number of individuals that have been coming to the workshops and acquiring interview skills and resume writing skills," said Danielle Ebaugh, Career Services Coordinator at Kirkwood.

Ebaugh says many are taking the class to obtain stronger job seeking skills.

"We stress the importance of that's what's going to help you get your foot in the door," Ebaugh said.

The class has helped Miller adapt to changes in technology and the overall application process.

"I've seen a lot of things I've been doing wrong on a resume and interviewing techniques.  I've learned a lot already."

It's a step many are taking to re-enter a workforce that continues to change.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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