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Posted at 3:59 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

O'Malley gives shout out to Prince George's job-seeker

By Ann Marimow

Cynthia Logan just thought she was being polite when she penned a thank you note to the Maryland workforce development officials who helped her land a new job.

Instead, the Prince George's County grandmother ended up with a front row-seat in the gallery of the House chamber Thursday and a shout out from Gov. Martin O'Malley during his State of the State Address.

(Source: Courtesy of the governor's office)

O'Malley has emphasized the importance of job creation, and he used Logan's story to illustrate the state's investment in helping residents find employment. Logan, a social worker, turned to one of the state's "One Stop Centers" for guidance when she lost her job.

"After 13 months of unemployment, she landed a new job which pays more than the one she lost. ... This is what it's all about," O'Malley said during his remarks, prompting applause for Logan from the audience of state lawmakers and other elected officials.

Logan, who has 30 years of work experience, said she worried about "ageism" in applying for a new position, but gained confidence from the state program that showed her how to use social networking tools and online résumé programs to "reengineer" herself for the current job market.

"I never gave up. I showed up," said Logan, who lives in Beltsville and works as a consultant at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. "That's half of it: showing up and following through."

By Ann Marimow  | February 3, 2011; 3:59 PM ET
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