Trump to Help the Hardest Hit

apprenticeLooks like at least one Hollywood entity has had his fill of celebrity and is ready to help those everyday workers hardest hit by the economy. This might mean that YOU could be Donald Trump's next Apprentice.

Once this season of Celebrity Apprentice wraps up, the Donald will find his next apprentice among those who "have been affected by the decline in the job market." There's a nationwide search going on now for 14 candidates whose careers have taken a hit during the lagging job market, and are now seeking a fresh start.

The new candidates will range in age – they won't just be the best and brightest young bucks around, all out to prove their business acumen, as were those involved in the Apprentice before it went high profile. This time the contestants will include talented and bright prospects who have lost their jobs with no hope in sight, people who are currently holding down jobs they don't like just to make ends meet and recent college graduates who currently have few if any prospects.

"I am very excited to return to the original premise of 'The Apprentice,'" said Trump. "We've got to do something about the economy and this is a terrific way to provide jobs as well as business lessons along the way. NBC, Mark Burnett and I hope this economic downturn can begin a turnaround, and we'll do our best with 'The Apprentice' to see that it starts happening. I'm proud to be putting people back to work, and to positively changing the psychology of America."

Uber reality producer Mark Burnett agrees. "The Celebrity Apprentice' continues to be great TV while doing genuine good for charities," he says, but he's also "glad we are also bringing back the original 'Apprentice' and hope we can use America's most compelling televised business contest to continue to do good. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, millions of Americans have accepted jobs they don't like and millions of Americans are about to leave school looking for a job. This year's 'Apprentice' will feature a cast selected from these three areas. And even though only one will win the prize, all other contestants will get Donald Trump's personal advice to help them find their dream jobs."

How to Apply

People of all ages are encouraged to apply, from the newest college graduates to the more experienced over-40's who have been hard hit by this economy. Whether you are recently laid-off, long-term unemployed, a graduate with a daunting job search ahead of you or simply someone who took a job that is just allowing you to survive this downturn, you're encouraged to apply.

If you feel you have the skills and drive to become "The Apprentice," you can apply by either attending one of the program's nation-wide open calls (dates and locations to be announced) or by emailing Applicants are encouraged to explain why they should be the next "Apprentice" and include information regarding how the recession has impacted their lives. Also required is a recent photo as well as name, location and occupation history. Good luck!

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