Posts Tagged ‘unemployed’

Thoughts on How to Keep Busy During Unemployment

April 12th, 2013

Unemployed? Not sure what to do with yourself? Check out this story on iVillage.com (link below).–Simon

“But I won’t get paid,” you might think. True, but when you’re unemployed and looking for work, especially for an extended period of time, filling a hole on your resume is just as important as filling an empty wallet.

Ask a local organization that interests you about volunteering, but make sure what you do is in line with what you were doing professionally. “Don’t just say, ‘I’d like to help,’ go in and say, ‘Hey I can do X, Y and Z, and I’d rather do that than work in your warehouse,’” says Tami Cannizzaro, the blogger behind Tales of the Terminated: A Humorous Look at Life After a Layoff. You can keep you skills sharp and maybe learn a few more.

“It’s not so much what you did, but that you did something,” says Cannizzaro who was inspired to start her blog, also now a book, after being laid off from her corporate public relations job. Plus, there’s always a chance you could end up earning more than just another bullet point on your resume. When Cannizzaro’s architect-husband was laid off, he told the church he volunteered at that he had more time to contribute. After adding a little more responsibility to his existing workload, says Cannizzaro, “They ended up paying him to do each month what we were already doing.”

via How to Keep Busy During Unemployment and Get a Job – iVillage.

“Heartless” GOP Punishing the Unemployed

July 5th, 2010

Excerpted from an Op-ed by economist Paul Krugman. He could not be more right:

Today, American workers face the worst job market since the Great Depression, with five job seekers for every job opening, with the average spell of unemployment now at 35 weeks. Yet the Senate went home for the holiday weekend without extending benefits. How was that possible?

The answer is that we’re facing a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused. Nothing can be done about the first group, and probably not much about the second. But maybe it’s possible to clear up some of the confusion.

By the heartless, I mean Republicans who have made the cynical calculation that blocking anything President Obama tries to do — including, or perhaps especially, anything that might alleviate the nation’s economic pain — improves their chances in the midterm elections. Don’t pretend to be shocked: you know they’re out there, and make up a large share of the G.O.P. caucus.

By the clueless I mean people like Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for senator from Nevada, who has repeatedly insisted that the unemployed are deliberately choosing to stay jobless, so that they can keep collecting benefits. A sample remark: “You can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs that is an honest job but it doesn’t pay as much. We’ve put in so much entitlement into our government that we really have spoiled our citizenry.”

Now, I don’t have the impression that unemployed Americans are spoiled; desperate seems more like it. One doubts, however, that any amount of evidence could change Ms. Angle’s view of the world — and there are, unfortunately, a lot of people in our political class just like her.

via Op-Ed Columnist – Punishing the Unemployed – NYTimes.com.