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Unemployment Benefits-Good and Bad Sides

Updated on August 17, 2013

Do Something about Unemployment

Look could get hired.
Look could get hired.
Check online often for work
Check online often for work
There are many people competing for jobs
There are many people competing for jobs

The Business of Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits is a well orchestrated business run by the government. Unemployment benefits serve a major purpose; people lose their jobs and have to survive somehow until they find new employment or start a new business. These benefits are a double-edge sword. People need to survive with a roof over their heads, food on the table and pay their basic bills. The big question is--how long should these benefits last. If there are no jobs out there what will people do? Are people willing to do menial work to stay alive? Are we creating a very lazy nation?

Time Passes By

Many people who have been unemployed for a period of time, get into the mode of not working and picking up a weekly check. This is not an indictment against people receiving unemployment benefits, but human nature will often lead to the path of least resistance. It can be easy to procrastinate looking for work as long as the check comes in regularly. Has this been a detriment for many to search for any kind of job as long as they can take care of their basic needs? The question is what is the solution for the unemployment in America?

Suggestions for Finding Work

There is a downside to unemployment benefits as they do not last forever. Start your strategy about getting employment or starting a new business long before these benefits are going to end. Treat each day looking for work like you are searching for food to stay alive. Make every moment a priority to get your life back on the work track. If you are lucky to have some time for the unemployment benefits, this may be a good time to get training in a new field of work. There are many opportunities in the medical field plus other fields. Go on line to see what are the hot fields of employment for today. Many of the training courses for these jobs are for a short period of time and offer financial assistance. Many of these schools that offer training off assistance n finding a job when you have completed the course. Here are some ways you can find employment. Do it everyday as if your life depends on it.

  • Start pounding the streets and look for help wanted signs.
  • Be ready to do a job you may not have considered before.
  • Check online daily for job opportunities. Consider working at home.
  • There are many jobs through job sites online that you can apply.
  • Mystery shopping is an option and an easy way to bring in some money. It is not complicated and very often can keep you busy every day.
  • Send out flyers in your neighborhood for taking care of pets, plants and yards while people are on vacation.
  • Learn some easy new skills like painting and small fix-it jobs.
  • Clean houses to make money.
  • Ask all your friends if they know of any jobs or people that need help.
  • Home health care--requires a small training period to be a companion and do light housework.

Waiting in Line

Waiting in Line is not Fun..So start looking for work.
Waiting in Line is not Fun..So start looking for work.

Personal Experience

I have a friend who has been struggling along, She had unemployment benefits for almost two years. The money has stopped coming in. She is just now starting to think about what she is going to do. She is thinking about taking some courses and apply for a medical position. Why didn't she do this a year ago? Get out there and find something to do to pay those bills.


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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Unemployment Benefits-Good and Bad Sides well pointed out on both sides and your hub is informative and most useful

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you terrilynn: Unemployment money is just a temporary time and one that should be used for taking advantage of the time and planning ahead...Thanks for the votes!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Victoria ..Just got this comment also. Looking for a job is no fun and being without work is very difficult. Thanks for comments and votes

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Rajan: Just got this comment..Thanks for stopping by and sorry I am so late in response.

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      7 years ago

      hi carol,

      i never thought that there would be a downside to receiving unemployment

      thanks for tips i really appreciate it

      i will let my friend know about this since he is currently receiving unemployment

      benefits thanks once again

      voted up

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Carol, these are good tips. Some people have trouble finding jobs for a long time. I've been on unemployment, then will take a temporary semester job that ends to find myself on it again. It is comforting to know that the UI will help, but I know it won't last forever, and applying for 3 jobs per week is a challenge. Thanks for writing this. I'm sure it makes everyone think. Voted up and more! :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I really know how it feels to not have a job. One feels worthless. And we here do not have unemployment benefits. Of course this was long years back and I had my parents' support.

      Excellent suggestions. Voted up and sharing.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for reading and stopping by.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Yes, it's really heartbreaking when you lose a job. Here in the Philippines, many Filipinos are unemployed, even though they graduated in college.So, the only to have one is to work overseas.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Dolores, I can really understand how you feel. Our economy is not getting any better and things have been really difficult for at least four years. Businesses and people are suffering today. At least you have some money coming in..that is better than nothing. Thanks for your comments.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sitting around waiting for that unemployment check is not easy. All those old sit-come repeats, haha. My husband was out of work for over a year. He spent a lot of time changing his resume to suit various jobs, attempting to make the resume fit the job. As an older worker, it wasn't easy to find a job opportunity, and it wasn't easy to pay the bills. He did find a job, one that he loves, but it pays way less than the one before.

      One downside of unemployment is that you can feel useless, that no one wants you. Employers realize that they can hire a worker for so much less than they could before. Many hire part time workers because they won't have to pay benefits.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      I know you are right. When I had my own business I would get calls from people on unemployment. They would set up an appointment with me and never show up. No one followed up to see if they came to apply for the job. As you know people will often find a way to beat the system. Thanks for writing in though.

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      Michelle Dee 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      In my state if you are collecting unemployment, you have to prove that you are applying to jobs every week in order to stay eligible. Interesting and voted up.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      You are probably right. What I meant was to make a full time job out of finding a job. Be relentless and don't give up.

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      Nancy Yager 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I think it is much harder than you think. Very few places take actual written applications anymore. And the on-line applications are rarely looked at. You really have to know someone. It is so sad.


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