BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The unemployment rate has reached record highs, and for manyfinding a job has been extremely tough.
LaToya Cunningham is like millions of Americans, unemployed andlooking for a job.
She's been out of work for a year.
LaToya said, "I never thought it would be this long."
The 36-year-old has a bachelors degree in Fashion Technology, anMBA from Medaille College and a Public Relations ManagementCertificate from Buffalo State.
Every morning she starts her day on the computer, applying forjobs online.
She's worked with an employment counselor at the BuffaloEmployment Training Center. And whenever there is a local job fair,she attends.
She's landed dozens of interviews and received several "thanks,but no thanks," responses.
"Either I don't have all the qualifications or I meet so manyemployees who are scared I'm gonna leave," said LaToya.
Throughout this grueling process of finding a job she haslearned some valuable tips.
"The best way to ding a job is networking. You just telleverybody you know that you're looking for a job you kind of haveto have that 15 to 30 second commercial," LaToya explained.
"I have a professional demeanor. I have been recognized for myprofessionalism. I have experience in marketing fund raising andevent planning and project management," said LaToya.
Latoya's search continues.
Her positive outlook on the future hasn't changed.
LaToya said, "I'm maintaining the same attitude that I had, sixmonths from now I will be gainfully employed, somewhere."
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