The New York Times had a chilling article about how the emergency extended unemployment benefits granted by Congress are now running out for many, For every job that becomes available, six people are looking.
Here are some of my tips:
*Focus on getting a check: Maybe you told your friends that you are looking for a job/career. Now, it's time to look for odd jobs to give you cash on hand. Babysitting and handy work come to mind. Of course, keep looking for work, but if you can get some small jobs that pay cash quickly, that will go a long way.
*Increase your social media game. Facebook, twitter and linkedin are free to join. Post a profile on those sites and let people in your networks know that you are looking for work.
*Garage sale: If you haven't sold anything yet, you may want to give a garage sale a try. Try to sell all the clothes that don't fit you anymore.
*Ask your old employer if they have any freelance work available. For instance, several newspapers have laid off workers but they are looking for freelancers, who are cheaper, to do some of the work left behind.
*If you belong to a church, consider asking for work or money from the clergy there.
*If you can move in with a friend or family member, it may be time to consider that as a last resort.
*Don't give up hope. Things will turn around. They have to. They must.
Do you have any tips for people who are losing unemployment benefits and haven't found work? Are you unemployed? How are you coping?
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