Category Archives: Unemployment

Social Media and Your Job Search

I may be talking mostly to the younger folks in this particular post but a lot of the 40+ crowd has begun to keep up Facebook accounts and some large social networking accounts are mostly older professionals such as Linkedin. Whatever the age it is important to understand that social media can harm you during the job seeking process.

While it may seem like a good idea to post photos of yourself half drunk at that party you went to last week, think about how that may look to potential employer. Many employers look at social media during the hiring process and casting a negative light on your credentials is not the way to get in the door. On the other hand suppose you are older and you have gotten past your drunken stupor days, what other things can harm you job search besides unflattering images of yourself. Well things like talking badly about past employers, saying things that undermine previous companies, managers or teachers and even talking negatively (or being cocky) about the job interview that you had with the potential employer.

Overall ensuring that your profiles, from Twitter to Facebook and especially Linked In are clean, but not stodgy (dull, boring, lackluster). Ensure that they show a clear picture of the kind of person that you are but don’t overemphasize the types of things you don’t want your future employer to know.

The Review

Help America’s Unemployed is going to help you by reviewing your resume. In the next few days we will review and critique 10 people’s resumes and cover letters. Write us 1 paragraph about why you need a resume makeover and you could be one of the luck winners!

Write to us at helpamericasunemployed@gmail.com

Resume Examples

Your resume is the first thing many companies get to see before they choose to interview you. It represents what kind of person you are, your skills and how you can possibly benefit the company you are applying for. Resumes are probably one of the most important aspects of your job search. Did you know that there are different types of resumes that can be used throughout various times in your career? Chronological resumes are the ones most people are familiar with, they list your job titles in the order in which you performed the work with the mist recent job first. There are also functional resumes. These come in handy when you are changing career paths, you’ve been out of work for an extended period of time or when you are a student with limited experience in your field. Functional resumes focus on the skills you have acquired and used throughout  your work history and places less importance on job titles and dates of employment. Here are some excellent resume samples to review in order to help you build a resume that will represent you well to a prospective employer.

Functional Resume Example

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Functional Resume Example

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Chronological Resume Example

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The Search…

I often keep multiple versions of my resume handy when I’m on the job hunt. I always tailor my resume to each individual job opening. If the position is looking for someone with experience in a technical field I highlight my technical experience. If they are looking for and academic I list the relevant classes I have taken in addition to my work experience. What your tips on how to look for work and how to land an interview?

Resume Writing Tips

Be sure to note these basic resume tips before applying for your next job!

How to file for Unemployment

You have tried to find work but it hasn’t come through for you yet. You have a family to feed and rent to pay and any income is better than none. You’ve tried to avoid it but it looks like you have to file for unemployment. Here is a step by step guide to get started.

Employment Eligibility

In order to receive unemployment compensation, workers must meet the unemployment eligibility requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established (one year) period of time. In addition, workers must be determined to be unemployed through no fault of their own. The following circumstances may disqualify you from collecting unemployment benefits, depending on the state you are living in:

  • Quit without good cause
  • Fired for misconduct
  • Resigned because of illness (depends on your disability benefits)
  • Left to get married
  • Self-employed
  • Involved in a labor dispute
  • Attending School

The Benefits

  • Regular benefits are paid for a maximum of 26 weeks in most states.
  • Additional weeks of benefits are be available during times of high unemployment.
  • In many states, the compensation will be half your earnings, up to a maximum amount.
  • Benefits are subject to Federal income taxes and must be reported on your Federal income tax return.
  • Up to 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits, starting after the 26 weeks of standard benefits may be available to eligible unemployed workers during periods of high unemployment.
  • Check with your State Unemployment Office for information on what benefits you are entitled to.

If you know any tips that can help make the collection of unemployment benefits a little easier for people please let us know. If you have any specifics by state comment below.

Steve Beat the Odds After Two Years of Unemployment!

Steve K is from Northeast Kansas and is a good friend of mine. Steve offered to tell me his story in order to help encourge others to stay positive. A couple years back Steve was laid off his job working at a leather company. For about 6 months he recieved unemployment while searching for another job. With not many people hiring in the area he was unable to find a job and his unemployment ran out. Because Steve could not afford his bills and living expenses he had to move back in with his parents. For about the next year and a half he continued to apply for jobs while helping his dad on the farm for some extra cash. Steve finally caught a break a few months ago when he applied to a new company in the area that makes the bases for street lights. He was hired on making decent wages and good benefits. Because the company was new and he was one of the first people hired he is now in a foreman position for the 2nd shift. He says even though he had to go through a rough patch that it was worth it. He says he has finally found a job he likes and is confident that it will be the last job he ever has to apply for. Steve now lives on his own again and has enough extra money to continue his hobbies and save up for retirement.