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When did having a job become a political issue?

President Obama presented his job bill to Congress today, but is this urgent business? We have 14 months until the next election and the country simply can not wait until that change of the guard happens, and that is if it happens. Have you had a conversation with someone who is part of the long term unemployed? Do you think they are simply lazy? Do you think they are picky? Well, let me tell you that’s not the case. I have been unemployed now for over two years. I have two things going for me: I write so freelance work* has been a blessing and my husband is still employed, but I want to work. Sure there have been a few interviews and some have seemed hopeful. Back in the spring I did a phone interview with the school system. That interview led to a writing and data analysis in-depth test. When the recruiter called me she said I want to tell you we will not be pursuing your candidacy for the position. I said thanks for calling but then she went on and on about it was such a tough decision. I know she meant well but the fact that I came close was not comforting. I have had recruiters tell me how many resumes they received followed by you are lucky that we called you. So when I read that while the president was presenting his speech on jobs members of Congress were laughing and in some cases staring at the ceiling. Members of both parties were guilty of this behavior, and I am left to wonder do they really care, and I have to remember they have jobs. The House Representatives serve 2 years and the Senate serve 6 years and they make a very good salary: they make $174,000. So the president’s job bill might not be the complete answer, but it is a start and for those of us who are unemployed we are glad to see it. For the unemployed this is not a political issue sadly in some cases it is the difference between having a home and being homeless and that is sad not political.
*Need freelance writer? jreynoldsofmd@aol.com Let’s talk.

When did the Unemployed become invisible?

14 Million unemployed Americans. Does anybody care? does anybody even notice? When did the unemployed become invisible? Read the very interesting linked article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/business/the-unemployed-somehow-became-invisible.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

How to Survive Hard Times Series is a must read for these challenging times

Times are tough and people are finding themselves in unfamilar terrain. People are facing foreclosure, job loss, unpaid bills and other catastrophic events. I had the opportunity to review “How to Survive Hardtimes Series“, each of the pamphlets in the series provides the reader with vital information that can help them in their individual situation. The series was written by Tonii Harris, Ms. Harris has worked as a Program Director for a large non-profit for 23 years. In her role she helped provide emergency services to the unemployed and the underemployed. The series includes Keeping a Roof over Your Head, Managing your Bills During Hard Times, Budgeting When You’re Broke, Finding Money and Creating Your own Employment Opportunities. Harris says “There is a whole world of people out there who are “hiding from the Repo man” and “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” Many who are college graduates. My pamphlets tell you how to survive during those hard times.” For more information visit www.amharpub.com

Reader’s Digest: Get Hired, Not Fired Article, is a Downer

The April Reader’s Digest has a very interesting article, Get Hired, Not Fired! by Michelle Crouch. As an unemployed American I was interested in learning the 50 secrets from HR people. Some of the secrets were brutally honest, and new to me, and some of them I, but they were confirmed. HR people don’t like fat people, if you have been out of work for 6 months or longer they consider you a loser, the cover letter you spend so much time writing rarely gets read. Some have photos of on their desks of children and the reason is to find out if the candidate has children. Some will escort the applicants to their car to see if they have car seats in the car because they can’t ask if you have kids, but they really don’t want to hire people with small children. If you are 50 or older you can forget about it they definately don’t want any old people in the mix. Interspersed in the article they had Dilbert comic. This is the text from one that was sad and hilarious at the same time,”Applicant: I have all of the job requirements you’re looking for. I have an IQ of 300, Several Nobel prizes, and two centuries of Unix experience, thanks to the time machine and the immortality drug I invented. Interviewer: That’s a lot of words for too old. So if you are old, fat, unemployed for 6 months or longer you have got a rough row to hoe, but you still have to keep trying.

Employers Starting to Exclude the Unemployed from the Job Pool

“Throughout its 45 year history, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has identified and remedied discrimination in hiring and remains committed to ensuring job applicants are treated fairly,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien.  “Today’s meeting gave the Commission an important opportunity to learn about the emerging practice of excluding unemployed persons from applicant pools.”  So now you need to have a job to get a job. Unemployment is high 8% nationwide and 15% in the black community. Some employers are even putting the exclusion on their ads. It’s just another hurdle in the job search. Finding a job in this climate is like capturing a unicorn, and this new trend makes it even harder if that is in fact possible.

What will happen to the job offers Ted Williams rejects?

Over the past few days we have seen Ted Williams everywhere. The homeless man with the golden voice has touched our hearts, but we are finding out more and more about Williams. Some good and some not so good. He is a convicted felon and the father of 9 children. Over the past few days he has been inundated with opportunities. He can’t do everything he is being asked but everybody wants a piece of the pie. This morning both CBS and NBC battled to get him on their shows. He is the man of the minute, but what will happen to the opportunities that Williams does not select? With 10% of Americans out of work I believe there are other people with golden voices and no felony convictions that whould be happy to take Williams rejected offers, but sadly that won’t happen because they don’t have a camera crew chronicling their every move. They simply want a job, and sadly that’s not the kind of story Hollywood is clamoring for.

The Opportunity Magnet

As I approach the end of the year I am trying to chart out what I want to do in 2011. I have been working on a seminar idea off and on over the past year. Honestly, it has been more off than on, but I recently started reading a new book that is helping me center my thoughts and actually move toward completing it. The book I am reading, is The Opportunity Magnet, by Jeffrey W. Meshel. One the first things that struck me in the book was the premise of receiving by giving. It struck me because this is being touted as a business principle but it is actually biblical in nature. Other chapters include Communicating with Passion and Collecting Relationships. I like the book because it speaks from the position of authenticity.  The book is about creating and cultivating relationships and becoming the kind of person that has the ability to attract connections. To actually become an Opportunity Magnet. As part of the Talented 10% (the unemployed) this book helps in developing and fine-tuning an opportunity plan for the new year. Conventional ways of finding employment and opportunities simply don’t exist anymore. We need a need a guide book as we develop new strategies and The Opportunity Magnet can be one of those books for 2011.

Are the Unemployed getting dangerous?

People who have jobs just don’t get it. It is a brand new world out here for the unemployed. People who have been on unemployment for 99 weeks are nervous at the prospect of losing their benefits. As I watched this clip I was amazed when the host questioned one of the guests regarding her job search. He just could not believe that she could not find a job. Believe me it is true. I have never seen it like this. It is even more difficult for the experienced worker. I don’t think people are dangerous, but I do believe that they are deseperate and that is frightening.

What do you say to someone who says “they are at the end of their rope”?

This morning I called an unemployed friend of mine. I noticed her voice was weary and I asked her what was wrong. She told me she was weary. She is looking at a stack of bills and wondering how is she going to pay them. She is normally one of the most positive people I know. She is a glass is half full kind of girl, but this morning she had become a convert to the glass is half empty team. I didn’t know what to say. I could have said I’ll be praying for you or I know things will get better but I really don’t know how this is going to work out. This is somebody that played by the rules. She and her husband are hard workers and they just have been pump slapped by this economy. So what do you say when someone says they are at the end of their rope? Do you say tie a knot in it and hang on in there? Do you keep silent and simply pray harder. Do you simply say some religious platitudes? What do you do and what if you don’t have a job either? What do you do? These are questions that have no easy answer, but unfortunately this is the reality that many Americans are facing.