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Advice for furloughed workers from the Bay Area Workforce Development Board

Jim Golembeski
Posted at 4:57 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2021-05-30 15:22:25-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- When an economic crisis hits, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board readies its response.

This time, however, has been a little bit different.

"We're kind of frustrated here because we're used to playing a big role in times like this, and the demand for our services really is not there at the moment," executive director Jim Golembeski said.

The silver lining there for Golembeski is that he believes it's a meaningful sign for the area's workers.

"The far and away majority are being furloughed, which means that they intend to go back to the jobs they had before," he said.

If that's you, Golembeski said to first file for unemployment benefits. Then, try to make the most of the situation.

"Whatever industry you're in, go out and take a look, because so much is online," Golembeski said. "What kinds of certifications can I get that would improve my skill level and give me some opportunities when I go back?"

Golembeski said another option would be to look at a career change. He said manufacturing, logistics, and construction are in good positions to hire.

"In many cases, employers are stretched enough that they're willing to take on anybody who can demonstrate that they have a good work ethic, can show up, be part of a team, communicate, and work hard," Golembeski said.

The job could come with training, good pay, and a chance to move up.

If you need help with the process, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board is ready, and eager, to answer your call.