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People pack class to get tips to get a new job

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- For dozens of folks, the choice was simple. Go to a three-hour class on one day, or risk losing their unemployment benefits for good.

Out of work, and facing a feeble economy, people packed the class to find out how they can get back to work.

It's time for studying, because things are a little tough for these Siouxlanders. They're out of work, on unemployment and about to lose their benefits.

But now it's back to the classroom, as these job seekers are taking a one time course through Sioux City's Iowa Workforce Development bureau. A program designed to get them back in the job market as soon as possible.

"Our class is to help them understand the science of getting re-employment and what are the steps they need to go through to be successful," says re-employment specialist Jean Holbrook.

Offered all summer long, the course retrains and refits the unemployed. Teaching them the tricks and trades of today's job interviews. Things like a properly tailored resume and just being properly tailored for a job interview.

"To put it in there words they usually say wow I didn't realize it was this complicated," says Holbrook.

The program is mandatory for some, meaning they have to attend if they want to keep their unemployment benefits.

Judy Kuhn was hesitant at first but after a couple hours she picked-up her own job hunting hints.

"You send the employer a thank you note, well I would have never thought of that, but that shows that you do want the job and that you are interested," says Kuhn.

It's a three hour class but the benefits could last a lifetime and these 10 participants may be a bit closer to finding a job, just ask Judy.

"When do you think you'll apply for a job?" says Forrest

"Tomorrow" says Judy."

Online Reporter: Forrest Saunders

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