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Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 5:56 a.m.

Laid-off Borders employees offered job transition assistance

By Nathan Bomey

Workers who lost their jobs due to Borders' liquidation can get job-hunting advice, attend resume workshops and network with recruiters at a job transition event Wednesday and Thursday.


Former employees of Borders' Ann Arbor headquarters and stores in southeast Michigan and northern Ohio are eligible for job transition programs.

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The events, organized through LinkedIn by a group of ex-Borders employees called Borders Next Chapter Joint Adjustment Committee, includes representatives from economic development group Ann Arbor SPARK, workforce development agency Michigan Works! and the state government.

The events are open to employees who were working at the bookstore chain's corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor or retail stores in southeast Michigan and northern Ohio at any point since 2009. That includes the 400 corporate workers who lost their jobs when Borders announced its liquidation in July.

"This is about helping an accomplished group of dynamic people figure out what will be their next chapter," said Pepper Consulting Group's Cynthia Pepper, who is chairing the committee, in a statement. "We want to give Borders employees access to as many resources and as much advice as possible so that they can make successful transitions into new careers."

To register for the private event, laid-off Borders workers should join the LinkedIn group or email

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Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 2:15 a.m.

Borders Next Chapter Joint Adjustment Committee has no connection at all to unemployment benefits. It is a committee made up of former Borders employees to help their fellow employees transition into life after Borders. This specific committee is working to help former Borders employees from the corporate office and the Borders and Walden stores in southeastern Michigan One of the goals is to help in transitioning to other jobs & learn about job hunting. The workshop today & the one tomorrow are designed specifically to address Borders employees concerns. There have been many of these joint adjustment committees that have been formed with resources and help from the state in situations where there are a large number of employees in a company who have lost their jobs.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 3:10 p.m.

What is even sadder? If they don't go? They loose their unemployment benefits. Something these people did not even think about when they signed up for this. Ways the government can get you to loose. I do agree with you about the CEO's. They will rake in millions and have to worry about nothing.


Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 2:53 p.m.

So the little guy gets "job" help while the CEO and top exec's take home millions in bonus money? Seems fair to me.