The Lake Wylie Pilot recently introduced readers to Paul and Susan Hackney of Tega Cay and Amy Burton of Lake Wylie, all unemployed and looking for work. The Pilot will continue to update their progress and struggles every week until they find employment. For their stories, search "news" online at lakewyliepilot.com.
As Susan Hackney approaches the one-year mark on the unemployment line, the Tega Cay resident made some big strides last week toward getting a job.
A phone interview March 30 resulted in a face-to-face job interview the next day for a sales position with a local materials distribution company that sells fencing. Susan, who has a background in construction sales, hopes she will be called back soon for the next round of interviews.
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"How can you not be excited? You have to stay positive," said Susan, 35, whose husband, Paul, also lost his job last year in construction management.
The Lake Wylie Pilot has been profiling the couple, along with Lake Wylie's Amy Burton, since February as they work toward employment.
Last week, Susan also learned she passed her real estate brokerage license test. Real estate could be an option down the road when the market improves, she said.
Paul, meantime, continued to apply last week for about five construction positions that appeared online.
For the Easter holiday, the family will take their first trip since New Year's. They will visit with family on the coast. With a tight budget, the Hackneys had scaled back on trips, which they used to take every month or two.
"It will be a break from everything," said Paul, 39. "It will be very relaxing to go offshore fishing. That's my release. It's a passion of mine."
Over in Lake Wylie, Amy Burton, 45, spoke with the manager of a retail store that will be opening this summer down the road from her home. She is hoping to be interviewed later this month for a position.
Amy, who lost her job in the drapery industry in November, continued to apply for other jobs online while working one day a week with a local custom window treatment business.