What to do when unemployment runs out, and no job offers?
I've been actively seeking work since 2010. I've worked a job for only 3 months through a temp agency, and even though I came highly recommended for be placed full time, I was not chosen. My unemployment has ran out, and I have no job leads right now. I apply every day, and every morning, I read e-mails that say "We've chosen another candidate". I'm 28, 6+ years experience, in school for Pharmacy Technician. I've even tried to get food stamps, but since I made too much money on EUC, and have no children, I don't qualify. What do I do now?
That is a tough call to make and a difficult situation to be in. One way to deal with this situation is to be proactive and if possible, take cerain steps to ensure that you have another option available to you before the unemployment benefits run out.
While we may have a sense of security when we are on unemployment, we need to recognize that it is a false sense and even though it may pay some of the bills in the short term, one has to take steps from day one to ensure that there is something else to fall back on; not when the unemployment runs out but before it does. I know this is easier said than done sometimes but the day you start on unemployment you should be looking for work on a daily basis and relentlessly.
It is sometimes difficult for some, not all people, to give up unemployment and take a job instead.
Another thing one can do is to take courses and upgrade your skills while on unemployment so that you are better prepared when it runs out.
If the benefits run out and you are still not employed then you may need to consider getting help to start a small businesslike online jobs, daycare etc. Sometimes we need to try something different.
@ Joan, It is a very false sense of security. But, I'm a very proactive person with strong work ethic. I would rather work than sit at home and be on unemployment. I have been seeking work since I was laid off. It's all i do. I'm in school right now, have been since October of last year. There are so many programs to help people with children and the elderly. But, for the millions of people like me, Late 20's, no children, independent... We have no options and no where to turn. I've tried to get help from the state, and all I hear is "We can't help you because you don't have children", or i hear this "Just try to find a job". What the hell do you think i've been doing the past 2 years? I complete school this October. Unfortunately, I'm basically out of options. My only solution right now is dropping out of school, eating the 14K in loans I won't be able to pay back and move back to Florida with my mom. And before anyone asks, no. I can't transfer to a college down there. The school I attend is a private school with no campuses outside of the state of Idaho (originally from Florida).
I can really relate to most of what you are going through. I had been unemployed since 2011. My faith, family, and friends had kept me grounded. I will pray that everything will turn out alright for you.
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