by Kathy Sweeney, NCRW, CPRW, CEIC, CCM
Are you looking for employment without success? Have
you been out of a job for more than six months? Are you one
of hundreds of people applying for the same job? If any of
these phrases describe you, you may be one of the new generation
Much like homeless people, Jobless Individuals
have nowhere to go. While they may not be sleeping on the
street or living in cardboard boxes, their plight is similar.
Once used to going to work every day at the same job, many
for several years, they find themselves without a work home.
This may not seem serious to the average person,
however, to the person who is Jobless, it is very discouraging.
With the unemployment rate at 10% nationally, the future for
Jobless individuals continues to look bleak. However, there
may be some glimmers of hope on the horizon.
One of those glimmers may be in the form
of a government program called the Workforce Investment
Act (WIA). Formerly known as the Job Training Partnership
Act, the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program helps
individuals find a job or train for a new career. These programs
are implemented by each State under the provisions of the
Department of Labor.
All adults, age 18 or older, are eligible
to receive core services. Additional intensive services are
available to unemployed individuals who have been unable to
obtain jobs through core services and those who are employed,
but need additional training services to reach self-sufficiency.
Training services are also available for those who meet intensive
services eligibility but were unable to find employment through
To be eligible for the dislocated worker program,
you must have received a lay off notice or have been laid
off due to a company closure or mass layoff. You may also
be eligible if you are currently unemployed and are unlikely
to return to your prior occupation due to economic conditions
in that industry.
Another glimmer of hope on the horizon for
Jobless Individuals is the ability to return to school through
Federal Financial Aid programs.
Financial Aid is distributed on a bi-yearly
basis to individuals who have returned to school on a part-time
or full-time basis and have demonstrated financial need through
the Federal Financial Aid application process.
There are two types of Aid available: Pell
Grants and Federal Perkins Loans, which are either subsidized
or unsubsidized. For more information on eligibility or to
fill out an application, visit the website www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The most important glimmer of hope lies within
the individual. Jobless Individuals need to analyze their
current situation, have a specific plan of action, have employment
marketing documents (résumés and cover letters),
which are targeted to a specific industry, and are clean,
concise and free of errors. In addition, networking with people
in specific industry organizations, researching companies/industries,
and preparing for an interview are key to employment success.
Jobless Individuals who are better prepared
then their competition will succeed. Having a plan of action,
implemented on a daily basis, will ensure that the focus remains
on one goal - re-employment.
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