How many people who collect “unemployment” are legitimately unemployed?
How many of those same people did NOTHING or close to it to remain employed?
**Disclaimer; I have no idea what the payments are for unemployment. I have no idea what you need to do to “qualify” for it. I have never nor will never be unemployed…maybe unemployable but never unemployed**
FACT: There are jobs everywhere. Thing is many of them are not advertised and do not need to be.
FACT: That is not a statement about the “old boys club” that is a true statement as it pertains to the world we live in.
Take this statement via Harvery McKay; ” Dig your well before your thirsty…” Pretty simple concept that is often overlooked. Why? It takes some effort, well truthfully a lot of effort. But incorporating somethings into a lifestyle concept pretty much makes it easy.
Maybe as a condition for receiving the monetary benefit you do not teach them a skill instead you make them look in the mirror and assess their “network.” Maybe instead of looking at their skill set first lets look at who they are as a person. Lets look at who they know. Lets look at why they are in the position they are in and why they are there.
Unemployment is not the problem. The problem is whatever caused them to become unemployed.
So how do we address it? Some thoughts;
1. What have they done to keep up with the world? I do not mean updating the resume I mean have they continually added to a skill set? Have they added another skill set? Have they developed any sales skills (don’t kid yourself, we are all in sales)?
2. What is their on-line presence like? Do they have all their contacts in one place? do they even have contacts?
3. Assuming they have contacts, do their people know what it is they actually do? More importantly, do they know what they want to do?
4. How have they stayed in touch? Have they brought any value to them? Is there any reason for their network to help?
By the way, so far everything above is free or basically no cost since all you are doing is keeping in touch with friends. And since you are already paying for internet and phone service you are all set.
Reality and likely the fact is that if you are open to new opportunities and you are keeping up with your friends you can likely avoid the fate of millions of others. You do not need a job fair, you do not need the want ads or job boards or whatever other tools supposedly can help. As long as you are making an effort to be a good human being, remain in touch with as many of your friends as possible and are bringing some value to the world you can avoid the unforeseen. Better of looking at yourself as an independent contractor responsible for his or her fate than letting the world determine it.