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Letter: Thanks to BERC for helping after being laid off

"You're being laid off." No one wants to hear those words, particularly around the holidays. But that's what landed on my eardrums this past December. It ends well, though.

My period of unemployment rapidly came to a successful close, and I owe it all to a group of government employees — the staff at the Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center (BERC). I can say, without a doubt, that I would not have received the employment offer I received had it not been for them.

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My resume would not have caught the attention of my future employer had I not followed the tactics so carefully explained in the workshops. I would never have been as prepared and relaxed during my interviews without their guidance. And after I received my initial employment offer, a staff member handed me a list of effective salary-negotiating strategies within two minutes of my inquiry. But most importantly, the BERC staff provided me with friendly smiles and emotional support during a trying time in my life. I will forever be in their gratitude.

If you ever find yourself unemployed for any reason, I recommend the following steps after receiving the grim news. 1.) Get in your car. 2.) Pound your fist against the steering wheel, if you're so inclined, and 3.) Drive directly to BERC. You'll find, not a government program; but a team of knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated professionals ready to help.

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Patrick Wallen

Westminster

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