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Finding A Job In A Bad Economy

Updated on December 9, 2011

Finding A Job

Finding A Job
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Finding a job in the current economy is difficult to say the least. But then it really depends on what you expect to find. Many people exiting college or university are looking for something specific in their field and currently that may not be realistic. I can say when I was exiting school a decade ago and looking for a job even during the dot com book of the early 2000s that many of my peers did have to enter jobs that didn't match the education they had been taking for 3 - 4 years. So in actuality it may not just be the economy but simply life (but it's easy to blame the economy these days).

The first steps you should be taking is attempting to scour the job bank online the government has set this database up for the purposes of helping those that want to work. If you are a youth, have disabilities or have been laid off and have been collecting Employment Insurance you are eligible for wage subsidy programs. These programs will provide you with a worker who will support and help you coordinate your job search. They will try and get you a placement on your behalf and when you find a job they will pay part of your hourly wage (so the employer doesn't have to pay your full wage per hour) for up to 3 months. Depending on the program. Just search online for your local government site for details.

If you are an entrepreneur and wish to start or expand your own business you can apply to a few different government programs as well. Some programs will give you interest free loans through the government that you only have to repay if your business succeeds. If you business fails you don't have to pay it back. Lesser programs will give you grants, just lump sum one time money to boost expansion or startup for your business. Again search your local government website or federal government websites for programs.

If you are thinking of returning to school and you are on Employment Insurance or have been in the past few years you can apply for money to pay for your education, again money you don't have to pay back. Five years ago I applied to such a program to complete my Commercial Pilot License and received $37,000. Trust me if you want to work or educate yourself to get a job there are incredible helping hands out there all you have to do is research it.

Come back to this page soon as I plan to update it with specific links. Keep in mind usually such programs are applied for within your local area and I may not live right in your area which is why I haven't posted hundreds of web links to suit everyone. But these programs are there and easily accessible. Do a web search. Seek and ye shall find.

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    • mena7thefamily profile image

      mena7thefamily 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Wow, thank you so much for that article useful information for these times!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      thanks a bunch for commenting oldandwise.

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      oldandwise 

      6 years ago

      Great information to say the least. Will be checking back for links to this hub. Voted up.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      localservice101 - thanks for the vote, I hope it helps people.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Md Rezaul Karim - glad you do.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Derek Abel - I help people use this as their template.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      The Nugelady - I know exactly what you mean, it is hard to think about when you pay off the student loan for that education as well.

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      Md Rezaul Karim 

      6 years ago

      Interesting title and attractive topic. I like it..

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Derdriu - glad it inspired you :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Tanisha - true finding ones niche isn't really difficult to find we just have to think outside the box.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      DabbleYou - Thanks for checking it out :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      natures47friend - I know what you mean it does seem that expenses are never ending these days. We are like conduits for money to flow through we earn and spend and have no chose to earn more and again spend. The vicious cycle of our lives for the working class I suppose.

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      Derek Abel 

      6 years ago

      very helpful. This will help anyone who is currently looking for a job.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      tammyswallow - sorry they would explode but when the jobs are all going overseas and the influx of foreign born population flooding in to fill those jobs and of course the economic meltdown it is certainly difficult. Try to get into one of the programs I've listed though.

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      Sherry Walters 

      6 years ago from Missoula, Mt

      Amen to that! I have yet to find a job in the field I graduated in from the University. I have friends that have a Master's too that end up working in factories and other lower-level jobs. I find that a lot of employers won't hire someone with a degree, because they assume they will run off and get a better job. When in fact if everyone is looking at them that way then they end up with no job in which to use their education. (Expensive!)

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      Derdriu 

      6 years ago

      TerrekTwo: What a helpful, practical, useful hub on getting employed despite the economic crisis! You offer concrete ways of getting back into the job market.

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Tanisha 

      6 years ago

      Thanks very useful. I ran Into this problem and decided to work from home. There were some out of pocket expenses but it was feasible. Things are starting to get better. We just have to be open to trying new things regardless of what you may have went to school for.

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      DabbleYou 

      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. Useful for people currently looking for a job.

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      natures47friend 

      6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      The Us must be great for help...Its harder when you live in a small country...you are correct though, there are forms of work...I have a lawnmowing job and as soon as I earn my daughter wants money to go out like today for Xmas in the park...drink, icecream, hot chips and light sticks......where does it all end?

      Great hub. You are clever with words. I have spent the afternoon figuring out how to internet going again...and I did it! Phone filter seemed to be the problem....

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for this Terrek. I have been unemployed for 6 months. I have applied for 567 jobs.. and I have gotten 4 interviews. This economy is rough.

      I was watching a news program that said it is best for people struggling to find employment to heavily apply for jobs during the holiday season because many others won't be looking until after the holidays and everyone retires before the holidays.

      What happened to the theory that jobs would explode in this era as the baby boomers retire?

      Excellent hub!

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      writer20 - I suppose if you can take early retirement it is the best way to go. If you are still OK to work you can always pick up part time work over time and make some money. I have a fear that I may never retire as by the time I reach 65 there will probably not be senior checks and other things.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I was laid off in 2008 sent tons of resumes to no avail. This all happened when college kids were out and they were hired with p/t jobs with no health insurance.Living here in Las Vegas the casinos started laying the poeple off at this time. This is when I started writing. Then I took early retirement.

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      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      LillyG - know this will help him find one, it doesn't have all the answers but it is a great place to start!

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      LillyG 

      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. My husband has found work very hard to come by whereas years ago he could find a job in a day if necessary. Its obviously aggravating. I will refer him to this hub and see if it helps him.

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