The Right Field For a Job

By: Chris Papst Email
By: Chris Papst Email

POSTED: Thursday, March 5 at 4:45 p.m.

It seems that every day more people are getting laid-off. But if you have the right skills, jobs are available.

"After graduation I have been working there through February. And business got a little slow with the economic downturn," said Tim Brinkmann.

Two weeks ago, Brinkmann, a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, heard those words none of us ever wants to hear.

"They said you've been doing a good job, but we just don't have the work right now," he recalled. "We're going to have to let you go."

The day after being laid-off, Brinkmann immediately went to work. He spent eight to ten hours a day e-mailing college contacts, updated Internet profiles, and calling local businesses to see if they are hiring. He also contacted Management Recruiters of Madison.

"It is not all doom and gloom like you are hearing out there," stated Pat Capanna who's with MRI Madison.

MRI Madison specialized in engineering, product management, and marketing for the outdoor sports fitness and recreation industry, and they say business is good.

"Even though someone might not be able to spend $40,000 on a car, they might spend $800 to $1500 on a bicycle," she said.

Many of the people they deal with have been laid-off, which you shouldn't look at as a black mark against you.

Added Capanna, "What one has to do is re-evaluate how you are going to package yourself based on prior experiences and what you want to do and make sure you are adaptable."

As for Brinkmann, he is moving on with his professional career. On Monday, he starts his new job as an manufacturing engineer for Ace in Oconomowoc. Now, he'll be closer to his family, church and already has a new apartment.

"It has really been a blessing I just didn't think that three weeks ago," Brinkmann concluded.

MRI Madison also recently got into the agricultural equipment engineering field, which they said is one of the fastest growing due to the push to think green.

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