Monday, May 30, 2016

Dynamic Employment Resources for the Unemployed

 Tax Effects on Unemployment-Job Loss, Benefits, Exclusion

It can be frustrating trying to find help and resources when you have lost your job. Your main goal is trying to figure out how you will pay your bills, explain the layoff to your family and friends and learn how to keep your sanity instead of being depressed.

The key to surviving unemployment is to set goals that can help you gain employment again.  Let everyone you met or know that you are looking for a job. Consider performing volunteer work in your field and add it to your resume. Take free or low cost courses at local community centers, organizations or colleges and add them to your resume. Be prepared to explain any gaps in work experience. Spend time keeping up-to-date with news in your field or industry. During phone screenings or interviews, discuss your and explain how it can benefit the company.

Eliminate the negative thoughts and negative people in your life.  Do not give up hope. Here are some free resources to help those who are currently unemployed or will become unemployed in the near future. Develop a plan of what you hope to accomplish each day towards regaining employment. Spend at least one hour a day on calling companies, submitting resumes, filling out job applications or following up on job leads. Here are some free resources to help you regain employment.

Career Services
1.      Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) – mental health services, home health & hospice care, career services, adoption services, call 301-816-2683 or visit
2.      Career Service One Stop,

Vocational Counseling & Job Placement
Contact your local YMCA for services for divorced, separated, widows and disabled including educational & vocational counseling, job aptitude testing, resume writing, job placement assistance, life skills, computer classes, additional programs for women and families.

Women's Clothing for Interviews
Provides work clothing for women for interviews.

Men's Clothing for Interviews
Career Gear provides clothing, career counseling and workshops for men.

Job Training for the Elderly
1.      Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Office of Special Targeted Programs, Employment & Training Administration program provides training and employment assistance and transition support. Call 202-219-5500.
2.      The Department of Labor Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) provides counseling and training and places elderly workers in part-time and full-time positions call 877-872-5627 (877-US2-JOBS).

Special Government Projects for Retirees, Senior Environment Program (SEE)
1.      American Association of Retired Persons, call 202-434-6153
2.      National Association for Hispanic Elderly, call 213-487-1922
3.      National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, call 202-637-8400
4.      National Council of Senior Citizens, call 202-347-8800
5.      National Council on Aging, call 202-479-1200
6.      National Pacific and Asian Resource Center on Aging, call 206-448-0313
7.      U.S. Forest Service, Dept. of Agriculture, Human Resource Programs (SCSEP program), call 703-235-8855

Apprenticeship Jobs
Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, Dept. of Labor provides apprenticeship opportunities

Free Money for Re-training for Dislocated Workers
Provides retraining and assistance for dislocated works including those who worked for the Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Energy and Defense call 202-693-3500.

Veterans' Employment and Training Services
  1. Veterans Employer Representative Program call 202-693-4701.
  2. America Works call 855-840-5627.

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