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Erdman lives in Plymouth but often comes to Ann Arbor for networking or job events. He's learned to talk about employment and job opportunities anywhere, from the laundry to the church in Farmington Hills where he attended a two-day resume and job-search seminar.

He has four resumes-"one for any situation"-and believes his religious faith and positive attitude will see him through. "I pray a lot. I read God's word," he says. And he goes to a job-hunters group every week at a Plymouth church. He doesn't read newspapers or pay much attention to the news because "it's all negative."

Though he's single, sometimes when he gets lonely, he pretends that he's married. His imaginary wife asks him about his job hunt. And then she says something like, "You better do it soon, or we're going to eat nothing but rice and beans for the next year."

The toughest weeks, Erdman says, are the ones when he doesn't hear back from any place he's applied. That's when he turns to a circle of close friends for support.

Paul Bianchi, too, finds it frustrating when he sends in resumes and "then you never hear from them. . . . They've forgotten the human part of human resources."

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