Unemployed

  • 5 Job-Hunter Tips Through The Holidays

    5 Job-Hunter Tips Through The Holidays

    By Meghan M. Biro Unemployment refuses to drop below nine percent, which means real unemployment -- counting all the people making do, juggling multiple part-time jobs and the people who've given up on looking -- is probably much closer to 15 percent. This reality, for those of us struggling to make ends... Continue Reading

  • Stop Looking For a Job, Start Looking For An Opportunity

    Stop Looking For a Job, Start Looking For An Opportunity

    A lot of jobs that once were, aren't coming back. Ever. To look for what isn't there is a waste of time and an insult to your dignity. If you haven't noticed, the world has changed -- radically. The traditional yellow brick road to success and financial security has imploded. The path to a high-paying job used... Continue Reading

  • 4 Common Job Hunting Fears & How To Overcome Them

    4 Common Job Hunting Fears & How To Overcome Them

    By Mona Abdel-Halim When you're unemployed, tackling the job hunt is a major step. There are many things that cause fear initially, but these should be faced head on to help get you on track at the start of your search. Let's look at some of the most common fears, and how to overcome them: Continue Reading

  • Unemployed Seek Protection Against Job Bias

    Unemployed Seek Protection Against Job Bias

    By SAM HANANEL WASHINGTON (AP) -- After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she'd found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her qualifications. But Forte, a 55-year-old from Cleveland, says a recruiter for an employment agency told her she would not be considered for... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: A Job Can't Buy You Love

    My Unemployed Life: A Job Can't Buy You Love

    Earlier this year, AOL Jobs solicited resumes from our readers as part of our "Employing America" Jobs Week Resume contest and we splashed the winning resumes, as voted by our readers, on AOL.com for millions of prospective employers to see. This Jobs Week, we caught up with a few of the winners to see how... Continue Reading

  • The Good News About Career Transitions In Today's Economy

    The Good News About Career Transitions In Today's Economy

    In an economy wracked by layoffs and downsizing, finding a new job often means changing career paths. Despite the financial strain and emotional turbulence that comes with job changes, there is good news. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work. Continue Reading

  • How Can You Help The Unemployed? Support The Companies That Hire Them

    How Can You Help The Unemployed? Support The Companies That Hire Them

    The unemployment rate is holding firm; companies continue their refusal to hire the unemployed. We wonder what more a nation of desperate job seekers can endure. They are terrified and we can all become a member of that class of people, the unemployed. Continue Reading

  • Empowering The Unemployed To Find Hope

    Empowering The Unemployed To Find Hope

    "Kelly, You're Fired." I've now heard those dreaded three words twice in my life --the first time as an executive at a prestigious PR firm, the second, in front of millions of American TV viewers as I vied for my "second chance" as a contestant on The Apprentice. Continue Reading

  • Jobless Need Not Apply? 5 Tips For Pitching Your Talent, Not Your Unemployed Status

    Jobless Need Not Apply? 5 Tips For Pitching Your Talent, Not Your Unemployed Status

    You are more employable when you are employed. It may seem unfair, but employers prefer to hire someone who has already been chosen and tested. Plus, with so many talented people competing for jobs, employers must find ways to quickly screen out lots of us, thus the rise of online applications, blind ads, and... Continue Reading

  • Unemployed Woman Forced To Live A Lie

    Unemployed Woman Forced To Live A Lie

    Sukhraj Beasla is a successful 30-year-old, recently promoted at LaSalle Bank from trust manager to assistant vice president. At least that's what Beasla's parents' friends think, when her parents brag about their go-getting daughter at dinner or temple. At least that's what they thought until CNN published... Continue Reading

  • Obama Proposal Would Ban Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed

    Obama Proposal Would Ban Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed

    One problem that has bedeviled many jobless workers is the inability to apply for jobs simply because some employers won't consider them. Now, President Barack Obama wants to end the practice by making it illegal for employers to discriminate against job candidates because they are unemployed. Continue Reading

  • 9 Ways To Prepare Before Starting Your Own Business

    9 Ways To Prepare Before Starting Your Own Business

    If you are unemployed, underemployed or unhappily employed, the idea of taking control and becoming your own boss might be sounding pretty sexy right about now. With the unemployment rate exceeding 9 percent, it has become clear that jobs aren't quite as dependable as perhaps we previously thought. However,... Continue Reading

  • 6,000 Jobs Touted By Wisconsin Government Are Actually Out of State

    6,000 Jobs Touted By Wisconsin Government Are Actually Out of State

    By SCOTT BAUER MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nearly one-in-five of the jobs listed on a state website touted by Gov. Scott Walker as a resource for unemployed Wisconsin residents are actually located in neighboring states, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Continue Reading

  • Obama Says GOP Must Back U.S. First, Create Jobs

    Obama Says GOP Must Back U.S. First, Create Jobs

    DETROIT -- President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. "Show us what you've got," he said. Continue Reading

  • Unemployed Face Tough Competition: Underemployed

    Unemployed Face Tough Competition: Underemployed

    By PAUL WISEMAN and CHRISTOPHER LEONARD WASHINGTON (AP) -- The job market is even worse than the 9.1 percent unemployment rate suggests. America's 14 million unemployed aren't competing just with each other. They must also contend with 8.8 million other people not counted as unemployed - part-timers who... Continue Reading

  • Back to School of Another Kind: 4 Career Management Reset Activities

    Back to School of Another Kind: 4 Career Management Reset Activities

    It's that time of the year again – back to school. And although my oldest of three years is only starting preschool for the first time, very soon she'll be getting older and then so will my youngest and then they'll be going back to school again and again, to someday make the working world a better... Continue Reading

  • Infrastructure Bank Could Be Part of Jobs Package

    Infrastructure Bank Could Be Part of Jobs Package

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A national infrastructure bank that would entice private investors into road and rail projects could be a major part of the jobs package that President Barack Obama hopes will finally bring relief to the unemployed. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment In July Rose In 28 States, Fell In 9

    Unemployment In July Rose In 28 States, Fell In 9

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in July in more than half the states for the second straight month, evidence that job growth remains weak nationwide. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment increased in 28 states, fell in nine and remained unchanged in 13.... Continue Reading

  • Job Openings Rose In June, Though Levels Are Low

    Job Openings Rose In June, Though Levels Are Low

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) -- Employers posted more job openings in June and layoffs fell, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months. The number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the highest total... Continue Reading

  • 9 Ways To Bounce Back After Losing Your Job

    9 Ways To Bounce Back After Losing Your Job

    By Alina Dizik, Special to CareerBuilder Rebuilding your confidence after a job loss can be difficult. It's easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself, which can cause you to doubt your ability to land a new position. If that happens, make bouncing back your top priority. Continue Reading

  • Overcoming the Unemployed 'Stigma'

    Overcoming the Unemployed 'Stigma'

    By Michael Froehls, Ph.D., author of "The Gift of Job Loss" In the movie "The Company Men," several managers get laid-off. One of them is afraid that the neighbors will find out. He dresses up in the morning, and then leaves home in a suit, only to return for dinner as if coming back from work. Apparently,... Continue Reading

  • 4.4 Million Americans Unemployed for a Year or More

    4.4 Million Americans Unemployed for a Year or More

    As the nation's economic recovery continues to struggle, more and more unemployed workers are joining the ranks of those who have been without work for a year or more. The long-term unemployed make up about 30 percent of the nation's jobless -- about 4.4 million people, according to June data released by the... Continue Reading

  • Online Job Listings Slip: How Are Your State, City and Occupation Doing?

    Online Job Listings Slip: How Are Your State, City and Occupation Doing?

    As if you needed it, here's further proof that June was another bump in the road to recovery. Although online "help wanted" ads rose in May, they were down again in June, leaving the rate of supply to demand at 3.11, which means that there were just over three unemployed job seekers for every vacancy... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: From Corporate Desk to Squad Car

    My Unemployed Life: From Corporate Desk to Squad Car

    January 8, 2010. That's the day I walked out of my office in Melbourne, Fla., with a box full of personal belongings: A picture of my boys, a smiley-face coffee mug, mementos from my military past that I had used to decorate my office. All were just remnants of the five years I had spent working behind a desk. Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: Choosing Happiness Despite Being Laid Off Twice

    My Unemployed Life: Choosing Happiness Despite Being Laid Off Twice

    Confession time: I am an unemployed writer. And I couldn't be happier. No, seriously. I couldn't be happier. I've been laid off twice since the Great Recession began and I've gone from being a Jaguar-driving, gourmet-food-shopping, designer-clothes-wearing marketing executive to being a... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: Making the Great Escape

    My Unemployed Life: Making the Great Escape

    Unemployment can be devastating, especially when you have a family that depends on your income. We all know that story, but I'm here to tell a different one, a tale of optimism and adventure. It's about the sunny side of unemployment. My name is Jennifer, I'm unemployed, and I've never been happier. Continue Reading

  • Unemployment Could Kill You

    Unemployment Could Kill You

    As if the devastation of your personal and professional life isn't enough, a recent study now shows that unemployment can torpedo your health as well. In fact, it can kill you. The research revealed that unemployment increases the risk of premature mortality by 63 percent. You read that right: You're 63... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: Magical Changes

    My Unemployed Life: Magical Changes

    My name is Chris Miller. I am a 49-year-old living in the "Sportsman Paradise" state of Louisiana. I was born in a small town in southern Mississippi called Pascagoula and developed a great work ethic as a child. I worked on a family newspaper route for seven years, mowed the neighbors' grass, washed cars,... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: Sharing the Knowledge

    My Unemployed Life: Sharing the Knowledge

    My name is Syndi Blatt, and I am a 52-year-old woman who was recently laid off, after working for 25 years. Six months ago, my boss walked into my office and closed the door. He was accompanied by the president of the nonprofit organization we worked for, so I knew immediately that I was getting the... Continue Reading

  • My Unemployed Life: Getting Sober and Finding a Way

    My Unemployed Life: Getting Sober and Finding a Way

    I joined the ranks of the unemployed at age 62 in a market with little demand. A variety of different approaches led me to an unexpected discovery. There is no way to trace it, find a beginning or even a warning. It simply occurred, that one day, at age 62, I found myself unemployed in a collapsing economy.... Continue Reading