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VIDEO: No Longer Unemployed, Buffalo’s Teresa Sliwinski has much to be Thankful for

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Albany, NY (November 24, 2010) -

Teresa Sliwinski After two years of bouncing from one temp job to the next, Teresa Sliwinski of Buffalo will spend this Thanksgiving comforted by the fact that she now has a full time job.  On Monday, she started as a customer service representative for Buffalo Airport Shuttle.  She found that job listed on the Labor Department’s Job Bank.

During her unemployment, Teresa visited the Department of Labor’s Facebook page.  There she shared her experiences and frustrations of looking for work with the nearly 5,000 fans on the site.

Teresa credits DOL’s Facebook page with helping her to land the new job. She says the interviewing tips posted every Thursday on the site were very helpful. “My resume was getting me the interviews, but then I was blowing them.  The interviewing tips on DOL’s Facebook page were really great and gave me confidence as I met with potential employers,” said Teresa.

Rob Schultz, owner of Buffalo Airport Shuttle, thought she had a great attitude during the interview and wanted her to work for his company. As icing on the cake, Schultz found that Teresa also qualified for the Department of Labor’s On-the-Job Training program. “I hired her on the spot, but I knew she was going to need training. The OJT program will pay for the cost to train Teresa and get her up to speed,” said Schultz.

OJT allows businesses to apply for funds to train employees while they work. The funds come to the State under the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

State Labor Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner congratulated Teresa on her new success and said, “The Labor Department is using every tool possible, including social media, to connect with job seekers, answer their questions and offer advice. Facebook allows us to have an open dialogue and give immediate feedback to the thousands of unemployed New Yorkers looking for help.”

If you are a job seeker, stay connected with the Labor Department’s resources and programs by visiting our homepage or DOL’s Facebook page.  Also, visit one of the 81 One-Stop Career Centers across New York State.

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