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The End To Unemployment Benefits; Advice For Working Through Unemployment

Today marks another milestone for unemployed Americans – no longer will the more than 2 million who have been receiving benefits since the beginning of the recession (99 weeks) be receiving government assistance. This news comes right before the holidays and while the economy is slowly recovering and jobs are being added to the private sector, there are many who are losing hope in finding a job in the near future. According to the most recent Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, among those unemployed but looking, more than one-third say it is “unlikely” they will find a job in the next six months.

There have also been increasing stories about layoffs across the country, and Bloomberg reports that employers have announced the most job cuts in eight months.

With all this troubling economic news, we want to offer some advice from Glassdoor’s career experts for those who are unemployed whether it’s been one day or 99 weeks:

  • Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, a Master Resume Writer, advocates taking control of the job search process in 4 Steps to Taming the Job Search Beast: “Consider your job search “a job,” and establish a schedule and professional environment that mirrors activities, contributions and goals at your future company.”
  • In Five Tools for Coping with Long-Term Unemployment, contributor John Sumser recommends joining a social organization: “Red Cross, Kiwanis, local choir, sports team, hospital volunteer, business coach. It doesn’t matter what the organization is. Join something and get really involved. Having a social foundation outside of your employment is a critical cushion against the devastating loss of social context that comes with unemployment. If you ever get another job, do not let it interfere with your social organization. The feeling of being unemployed comes from the idea that your job was somehow permanent in the first place. The only permanence in this life comes from the relationships you make that serve something bigger. Find your place in a neighborhood group of some kind.”
  • Debra Wheatman suggests part-time work as a way to get through an unemployment spell in Career Tips to Combat Unemployment Stigmas: “There are many people out there that have been out of work for a very long time. If you are in a situation where a year or more has passed, it is time to explore options like part-time work or an hourly position to generate some income as you simultaneously continue your search for work in your chosen field. You can add that experience to the résumé. You also never know when that employment situation will lead to a different path.”
  • And Vicki Elmer, Washington Post careers writer and Glassdoor blogger recommends enthusiasm and expertise when looking for temp positions in her post, Five Steps to Securing a Temp Job: “If you’re looking for a holiday job or something in the consumer, customer world, a positive attitude is the No. 1 attribute hiring managers want, and that has shown up as tops consecutive years in a survey on holiday hiring.  A close second is previous experience in the field.”

People are searching and applying to multiple jobs, sometimes on a daily basis, which can make the process seem all the more grim. New tools like Glassdoor’s JobScope can make it easier to find jobs while getting an in-depth look at what it’s like to work there so you can find a job best suited to your qualifications, needs and interests.

Do you have a practical job search tip or piece of advice for the long-term unemployed? Leave a comment here and share with other job seekers in the Glassdoor community.