Editor's note: This report has been updated with the correct spelling of Marion Lill's name.
DETROIT — Marion Lill found out the hard way that a lot can change in 10 years, especially when you work — or used to work — in mechanical engineering.
The Canadian had taken a buyout from one of the Detroit 3 in late 2008 as she was expecting her second child but was itching to get back into the automotive industry. Despite applying for multiple positions, she struggled to convince would-be employers to look past her decade away from work.
"I wasn't getting a lot of feedback or interest for positions I felt I was qualified for," said Lill, 45. "I think the gap in my resume was definitely a factor."
That's when she turned to a new initiative from Ford Motor Co. meant to help people re-enter the work force after lengthy breaks.
The automaker last fall launched the Ford Career Re-Entry Program, which offers six-month assignments in product development, information technology and manufacturing jobs.
It's available to workers who have been without a job for at least two years because of family developments, military deployments, moves or other life changes.
Last year, Ford accepted seven candidates into the program, and four of them received full-time jobs with the automaker after the program ended.