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Archive: February, 2011

Michael Richman

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2:15 AM
42/60 Michael Richman says he doesn't like to brag, but when it comes to his ability to handle a company's mail, he feels a little bit entitled. "I have an incredible memory," he said. At his last job, with Salomon Smith Barney Inc., he handled the mail for 80 brokers and each of them had a designated... Read more

Joelle Badeau

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:15 AM
41/60 Joelle Badeau, 26, graduated from college with high hopes and bad timing. The end of her formal education in December 2007 coincided exactly with the start of the recession, and Badeau found it impossible to get a job in her major - communications - despite internships at Comcast and stints... Read more

William Lynn

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 2:15 AM
40/60 Unemployed printer William Lynn, 53, says he would be more than willing to take on his wife's list of repairs to their home in Turnersville. But that hasn't happened. "If you have the time, you don't have the money," he said ruefully. "And if you have the money, you don't have the time." Lynn... Read more

Raymond Melendez

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 2:15 AM
39/60 When Raymond Melendez, 43, goes into a store, particularly into a big shopping club, he notices everything. And sometimes, what he notices is not good. "It drives me nuts," said Melendez, of Bensalem, an unemployed marketing and retail manager. "I can get it in better shape. I'm itching to... Read more

Michael Wilkinson

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2:15 AM
38/60 Used to be that if you wanted a job, you used a little shoe leather, knocked on doors, dropped off applications and waited to see what happened. That's how it worked in the past for Michael Wilkinson, 47, a laid-off truck parts salesman and sales manager from Levittown. But not now. "Thank... Read more

Jeffrey Davis

Monday, February 14, 2011, 2:15 AM
37/60 In Jersey City, two gleaming glass towers dominate the skyline, reflecting the Hudson River and Manhattan's towers. The address of the combination condo and apartment complex is 77 Hudson. Project superintendent: Jeffrey Jon Davis, 49, of Yardley, who was laid off in November 2009 as the construction... Read more

Jeffrey Smyth

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 6:30 AM
36/60 It's the middle of winter, but laid-off camp director Jeffrey Smyth is yearning for summer and the sound of excited children getting off the bus ready to resume their happy rituals of play. "Kids come into their own at camp," said Smyth, 57, of Levittown. The recession hit his camp hard. In... Read more

Angela Villanti

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 2:15 AM
35/60 Angela Villanti's home is spotless and there are still dozens of mason jars of home-canned tomato puree in her pantry. "I can only do so much cleaning," she said, looking around her spacious home in Furlong, Bucks County. A long-haired, fur-shedding white Persian cat wandered regally by - but... Read more

Willard Coefield

Friday, February 11, 2011, 2:15 AM
34/60 When Willard Coefield lost his warehousing job in 2009, he did what all the experts advise - go back to school, even at age 56, and learn a new trade. Coefield, of Bristol, learned two new trades. He acquired a certificate as an electrocardiography technician and another as a phlebotomy technician... Read more

Daniel Loeper

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 3:01 PM
2/60 Salespeople divide themselves into two categories: hunter and farmer. Laid-off salesman and business developer Daniel Loeper, 43, says he's both. The hunters scout out new customers. That's the kind of sales that Loeper likes the most, when he is almost serving as a consultant to the customer... Read more
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