Jobless During the Holiday Season

If you are among the nearly 2 million Americans for whom unemployment benefits will end in a few days, the quickly approaching holiday season is probably anxiety ridden, rather than being a time of cheer. According to a recent article on msnbc.com, unless Congress has a change of heart, the benefits that have helped people dubbed “the 99ers” owing to their time (99 weeks) on unemployment will end this month.

With families really struggling to pay their bills, for many there won’t be any presents, something that can be very difficult to explain to young children. Some people have even gone through their entire life savings and are desperately trying to prevent a situation where they have to move in with an elderly parent or become homeless altogether.

If the situation is dire, here are some possible ways to help keep you afloat:

1.     Consider a part-time job. I know it’s not ideal; but in light of the staggering unemployment, this might be the thing you need to keep some cash coming in. Companies that consider you overqualified for permanent work, may be more inclined to let you in the door if you seek part time employment. Simultaneously you should also continue to look for opportunities in your field or a similar field.

2.     Volunteer your time. I realize that this is not going to provide you with funds to pay your bills. However, it is a way for you to meet new people and potentially identify opportunities. The more you open yourself up to meeting new people, the better chance you have of uncovering an opportunity.

3.     Join industry related networking groups. This is a good thing to do no matter what the situation. You will be exposed to people in your industry – again providing you the opportunity to uncover a lead.

4.     Visit the local library. If you are in a situation where you don’t have a computer, take advantage of free resources. Oftentimes, the library will host various programs, some of which are focused on employment. You can also research free online training to help with learning a new skill.

5.     Frequent the unemployment office. The unemployment office has resources for people searching for work, including providing free coaching. You might also find that there is training available to you at no charge.

Careers Done Write is committed to helping job seekers with their professional aspirations. If you would like a free critique of your résumé to be showcased on the blog, please forward your résumé to [email protected]. We will redact all personal information and provide actionable advice to help you improve your professional document.

 





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Jobless During the Holiday Season

If you are among the nearly 2 million Americans for whom unemployment benefits will end in a few days, the quickly approaching holiday season is probably anxiety ridden, rather than being a time of cheer. According to a recent article on msnbc.com, unless Congress has a change of heart, the benefits that have helped people dubbed “the 99ers” owing to their time (99 weeks) on unemployment will end this month.

With families really struggling to pay their bills, for many there won’t be any presents, something that can be very difficult to explain to young children. Some people have even gone through their entire life savings and are desperately trying to prevent a situation where they have to move in with an elderly parent or become homeless altogether.

If the situation is dire, here are some possible ways to help keep you afloat:

1.     Consider a part-time job. I know it’s not ideal; but in light of the staggering unemployment, this might be the thing you need to keep some cash coming in. Companies that consider you overqualified for permanent work, may be more inclined to let you in the door if you seek part time employment. Simultaneously you should also continue to look for opportunities in your field or a similar field.

2.     Volunteer your time. I realize that this is not going to provide you with funds to pay your bills. However, it is a way for you to meet new people and potentially identify opportunities. The more you open yourself up to meeting new people, the better chance you have of uncovering an opportunity.

3.     Join industry related networking groups. This is a good thing to do no matter what the situation. You will be exposed to people in your industry – again providing you the opportunity to uncover a lead.

4.     Visit the local library. If you are in a situation where you don’t have a computer, take advantage of free resources. Oftentimes, the library will host various programs, some of which are focused on employment. You can also research free online training to help with learning a new skill.

5.     Frequent the unemployment office. The unemployment office has resources for people searching for work, including providing free coaching. You might also find that there is training available to you at no charge.

Careers Done Write is committed to helping job seekers with their professional aspirations. If you would like a free critique of your résumé to be showcased on the blog, please forward your résumé to [email protected]. We will redact all personal information and provide actionable advice to help you improve your professional document.

 





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