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Stimulus Job Hunt Success Stories

Stimulus Job Hunt Success Stories

Stimulus Job Hunt Success Stories |

Margot Carmichael Lester, Monster Contributing Writer

The company was awarded $5 million for an ARRA-funded asphalt paving project. The contract allowed Laskey-Clifton to save 15 jobs and add seven more. Petrak, a member of Operating Engineers Local 701, learned of the superintendent opening through the local union business agent.

Competition for stimulus jobs is high, he says. “Have a positive attitude and a strong will to work and perform on the job,” he says. “You have to be skilled in the work and rely on your experience and education to get a job. Sell yourself and your abilities.”

Roundabout Recovery

Not all stimulus success stories are so direct. Mia Burroughs, a part-time grant writer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has added new clients who are seeking ARRA funding.

“Since I started my business seven years ago, I’ve written half a dozen federal proposals,” she says. “Since March 20, I’ve written three federal proposals that have the word ‘recovery’ all over them. I added one client who is specifically looking for stimulus dollars, and I’ve written another six for the Department of Justice that are brand-new initiatives and I’m sure are stimulus-related. My production was one federal proposal per year, and now it’s three a month.”

Though Burroughs expects her stimulus-related business to slow as the federal government completes the allocation process, she’s confident opportunities will continue to come up periodically. “Interested grant writers can keep a close eye on she says. “New grants are being announced daily, so there is no telling when one will show up that works for an existing or prospective client.”

Relieved and Rehired

Union laborer and single mother Tracey Williams had been out of work for five months when her former employer, General Constructors Inc. in Bettendorf, Iowa, called her back to work on an ARRA-funded bridge repair project. It’s one of two ARRA-funded projects that allowed the company to rehire 17 people — including Williams — and add four new workers.

“There are a lot of people still [looking] in our [Laborers Union] Local 309 hall,” she says. “It’s taken a long time for the stimulus to get to this area.”

Her advice for job seekers? Don’t lose hope. “There are always going to be bad times, but good times are ahead,” she says. “There’s always hope.”

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