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April 7, 2009

UI career services volunteer to help unemployed workers

Career services staff from the University of Iowa are volunteering to help unemployed workers improve their job hunting skills at the Iowa Workforce Development office in Cedar Rapids, with the help of a UI law student.

Jane Schildroth, senior director of corporate and community relations in the Pomerantz Career Center, and Steve Langerud, associate dean of career services in the law school, are conducting occasional resume and cover letter writing workshops at the IWD office.

"It's a way I can help the community by using my expertise, and also provide some relief for the overworked staff at IWD," said Langerud.

Langerud and Schildroth held their first workshop March 26 and 12 people attended. Additional workshops are scheduled for April 21 and May 19.

The effort is the brainchild of Ryan Cwach, a first year UI law student who was looking for some way he could help people who were laid off from their jobs to get back on their feet.

He said the workshops are open to people who are clients of IWD and want to improve their job search skills. So far, he said, workshop participants have included people with a wide range of educational and professional experience.

"A lot of the workshop participants have held the same jobs for 20 years or more and now they're going into a job market that's completely different from the last time they were looking for work," Cwach said. "Some of them don't know how to create a resume on a computer, and we want to help them."

Cwach said he hopes to expand the effort to involve even more career counselors from the university, as well as resources from other departments that would help clients cope with the stress, depression and other physical and psychological challenges of unemployment.

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