Here in Detroit…

I’m amazed at some of the information concerning the unemployment situation in the US, and specifically the geographical area that I call home.

As August came to a close, ABC News had reported on the unique circumstances that Southeastern Michigan was facing. From the article:

Despite news of an improving economy, many residents of Michigan haven’t felt the impact of the nation’s stimulus programs.  The state of Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 15 %.  Other large cities in Michigan are extremely challenges as well.  The city of Highland Park had a 36% unemployment rate in July, Pontiac 35 % and Flint 28 %.

I continue to be amazed at the number of very talented people I know that are currently out of work, and have been for some time. They seem to share a origins for their personal situations in the decline of the auto industry, specifically the manufacturing base that has simply eroded in the midwestern states.

For those that are looking for work, I’ll share the following resource. Kevin Donlin and David Perry have been making a name for themselves as “Job Search Guerrillas”. As the term Guerrilla would imply, these two are achieving remarkable results by going against common conventions… zigging when others are zagging, if you will.

Both offer free advice, which from personal experience I can say do work. Get better acquainted with these two by visiting their website.


About Jeff

A long time resident of Southeastern Michigan, I am husband to the beautiful Trisha and father to three incredibly bright, compassionate, amazing young adults. I have been called husband, father, brother, friend, demon, scoundrel, team-mate, leader, misfit. I constantly seek personal and professional environments that encourage creativity, empower individuals, and foster excellence. is an opportunity to share thought and opinion based on my personal and professional experience. My passion for learning remains the driver to become a better friend, husband, and father. The focus of my professional efforts (and satisfaction in what I do) is developing effective teams and equipping others to become exceptional leaders. My personal mission statement: to inspire, to love, to promise, to share, to believe that nothing is impossible
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