The unemployed: Moira gets a gig

It’s been quite awhile since I wrote News Cut’s The Unemployed series, in which I interviewed people who were, as the name implies, unemployed (I’m not opposed to doing this again if you’re unemployed and would like to tell me your story. Contact me.)

Moira Webster-Larranaga, of Burnsville, was a human resources manager who got laid off around the time she also got cancer in 2009.

The mail bag today, however, brings good news:


I am not sure if you are still looking for follow-ups on the unemployed series, but in case you are, here’s mine. I started my new job today, as the HR Manager for the Wedge Natural Foods Co-op. That’s right, it took 22 months, 335 resumes and 26 interviews, but I finally got a job. And, it’s a GREAT job. It’s more responsibility than I’ve had before, and with a terrific organization that helps make our community a better place to live.

The news is bittersweet, however. Moira’s sister, who came out to Minnesota in 2009 to help her sister through her cancer treatment, was diagnosed last February with cancer and died last summer.

“As I wasn’t working, I was able to travel several times to see her and her family last spring,” Moira says.