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Paul Baker
Community Specialist
5 months ago

What is the biggest challenge you're facing on your job search?

We see a lot of comments coming into the platform about challenges that people are having with unemployment benefits. Which makes a lot of sense; there are millions of us that are out of work and overwhelming systems that aren't designed to pay out but rather force you to look for work. So looking at the other piece of the problem, the job search during a pandemic.

What are the challenges you're facing during your job search? What information and help would be most useful to you now for you job search?

#jobsearch #interview #resources

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Bella Garalde

in 2018 I was diagnosed and treated for lung cancer (I never smoke). Although I am in remission now, I am still considered high risk for COVID because of this health history and because of my age. I am an administrator (18 years +) for an assisted living facility, we are considered frontline workers. In January a staff came out with COVID. I made a conscious decision to stay home and be safe. The spread of the virus was rapid. Pretty soon approximately 70% of the residents and staff had it. I am not wealthy and I am not the type to stay home and vegetate. I love working with seniors and veterans, so I decided to re-invent myself. I opened my own company that provides service to my beloved seniors and veterans but without the high risk of getting COVID. My investment in my business is minimal because I work from home and I am the marketing person for now. COVID is a curse and a blessing at the same time. Because of it, many people have lost their job. But because of it, many home-based jobs have also surfaced. For people who are raising small children, home-based jobs or businesses are ideal. You don't have to waste time getting ready, leaving your children with babysitters, or drive. You can work anytime at home. If I can re-invent myself at my age (70) anyone else can. Just go for it. But to do this you must have self-discipline, the drive, and the will to stick to it and make it. I know you can do it. Good luck.

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For me it's that I'm still in highschool. But I will need a job come summer, because this is my senior year.

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David Ficke
over 6 months ago

Keeping My Head Up

Like many with a distant shady past I am struggling to acquire meaningful employment (or any job for that matter). I want to encourage everyone that there are people out there who have the forgiving heart to hire people like me and you. Keep searching, talk to the people in your life who genuinely care and won't try to just feed you a line. The resources are there, church family, sites like JobCase, and other less known groups like MERS: Goodwill in Saint Louis. And pray... Be thankful for what and who you do have. And don't forget past employers, they may surprise you. I've commented a few times now. And read the replies. Way to go, friends, on being encouraging. It really matters. The only other suggestions is making sure these employers know about the federal bonding and tax credit programs that are available ONLY if they hire ex-felons (emphasis on "EX"). Kelly, keep it up, and remember, you have us to talk to. God bless, everyone.

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Dawna O'Haver
over 6 months ago

Unemployed in Milwaukee/Waukesha WI

You should check out the Career Development Center at WCTC. They offer a wide variety of classes for job seekers and there is a class you can sign up in computer skills for a very minimal fee and then you can study everything from basic computer, typing, Windows to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. A hidden gem for job seekers!

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Josh Miller
over 6 months ago

Career consulting

Job searchers,

We all know how difficult it can be to find meaningful and gainful employment. Due to my own struggles finding myself, searching for tools and resources and interviewing I have amassed a wealth of information.

I would be happy to offer assistance to anyone looking to begin a career, a career change or to better their financial situation through education and job targeting.

I can email your resources or speak on the phone if that would best serve my ability to provide resources. FREE, NO COST!

You can reach me at jam342028@gmail.com

Happy hunting!

Josh

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Forlesia Cook
over 6 months ago

Question, should I invest in sites that offers interviewing techniques training?

I am wondering it is a good idea to purchase a product that offers to assist with interviewing techniques. I am getting some interviews not many but some and was thinking of investing in a package offered to is a course and tips, training for interviewing. I have been looking for a year now and maybe it what I am or not saying during the interview.

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Brian Perkins
over 6 months ago

I need advice from you.

I'm Brian , and looking to find my own apartment since, i have an uncle that seems to drive me out into the world, that somehow I'll be ok. I know section 8 is out there and the lists are so long. Does anyone know of financial assistance that i can contact for a deposit and rent? I just started paying child support after a divorce. which is great, because i want to support my daughter, after being at a part time job, fifth day and been out of work for after a year. which I'd like to be on my own, but still need another job in rockford, illinois to keep it going. The part time job , I have right now is third-shift. 11:30-6am. thanks for any and all advice.

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Sheila Reese
over 6 months ago

Unemployed

Marquisha Cork you don't know me, but Just keep trying other places. Target, Burlington Coat Retail, you have the skills to apply at any retail job. Do some research and spruce up your resume'. There are alot of free websites you can get ideas from to do that. Don't worry about the small stuff. Walmart is not the only place who is hiring. So you've have a rock you have to kick around, don't roll it and kick it to where it becomes a boulder and much harder to move forward. It's unfair Walmart decided to throw you a curve ball by hiring you and then letting you go, put that catchers mitt up and catch that ball...STRIKEM' OUT! There are gov't and state agencies you can seek out to help you stay afloat until you land that job. Go to (tx.gov) or (texas.gov) and get registered for information to be sent to your email about possible positions of employment with the gov't. Register/Call your local Health and Human Services Agency to have a Job Training Specialist - Case Manager appointment set up. Have you applied for Unemployment Benefits with your state? You have a child your Health and Human Services Agency can get you registered for benefits so you are able to put groceries on the table. Keep a look out from your local community Outreach Programs to sign up for and it's free giving to those in need. These are programs to help you through this time as you are seeking employment. All is confidential they can also help if you need Free legal help and point you in the right direction. All is not lost because Walmart doesn't want to give you a chance. Keep your chin up and stay focused on what's important, it ain't Walmart. I wouldn't waste my precious time calling the corporate office and begging for a job or even asking for a reason Why they reniged on a promise of the hiring. I call it "AWOFTAM" ...A Waste Of Time & F'n Money!

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Frank Valenzuela
over 6 months ago

Get Help!

Try contacting E.E.C.O. Equal Employment Oppurtunity Commission at 1-800-669-7000

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Margret Pankey
over 6 months ago

Resources for you

The first thing you want to do is go to your local career office. They can help you with applications, resumes, training - the works. They are government sponsored, so you wont have to pay. This link will help you find one near you: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/local-help.aspx

Also, you can talk to your pastor if you go to church. They might know of good jobs, or can help you get by while you don't have a job.

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Audrey Allen
over 6 months ago

Community Support Associate

At Marc Inc we care for individuals with disabilities.......

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