Unemployment Extension is Misleading: Use Social Media to Help Those in Need – “The 99ers”
May 1, 2010 4 Comments
Recently, Congress prolonged unemployment benefits through June 2nd for SOME people. Many think that the unemployed must be counting their blessings, but this extension does not help those who are the 99ers, (those who have used up their full 99 weeks of benefits.) Congress currently has 4 tiers of extension in federal government unemployment benefits. There is a bill on the table to create a 5th tier, but it seems to be stalled.
I interviewed a well educated single mom, we will call her Janine. She has worked in mid-senior level management for over 20 years and receives no child support. “I attend job networking groups and conduct informational interviews for introductions. Submitting resumes online is not good enough anymore.” Janine shared she has also been volunteering for a nonprofit organization as a means to find work. She has no more benefits.
I also spoke with a gentleman, we will call him Tom. He is 55 years old and is told he is over qualified by companies. “They assume I wont fall into their pay scale despite lowering my salary expectations significantly.” Tom goes on to share, “The market is so saturated with people looking for work. I had a recruiter tell me she received up to 500 resumes in just one day.” Tom tried to go to his bank to get his mortgage payments reduced. The bank refused because he can’t prove income for the next 9 months. Tom told me if he doesn’t find a job soon, his only choice will be to let his house go back to the bank.
As I heard these stories, I wondered how we could use social media to influence politicians to make a difference for people like this soon? Change.org has a petition asking Congress to add a tier 5 and help those who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. http://bit.ly/95ZVR1 . Their goal is to get to 25,000 signatures.
Sign another petition here: http://bit.ly/bBpYwa
How can you help and use social media to help those in need? Please share below.