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CaliforniaPeggy

(150,609 posts)
Mon May 15, 2017, 09:59 PM May 2017

A dear friend has a daughter who is having unemployment problems.

He wrote me today for support and possibly, help.

I told him I would ask all of you for ideas.

She is past 50 and had worked for the County. She is running out of money and ideas. Unemployment insurance is short term and inadequate.

She does not live in a metropolitan area, so perhaps her options are limited.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



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A dear friend has a daughter who is having unemployment problems. (Original Post) CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 OP
You didn't mention what state or what county. LuvLoogie May 2017 #1
She lives in California, and her pension is mostly gone. CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #5
She can start here. WIA/WIOA Funds available for training... LuvLoogie May 2017 #12
Now, that looks very promising. I will pass it along, and thank you! CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #13
Sounds like she has experience in an aspect of life coaching mnhtnbb May 2017 #18
Your response, and all of them, are exactly why I suggested to her father that I post this. CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #19
Couple of part time jobs in the interim while still scouting for something better. democratisphere May 2017 #2
At her age, that might be difficult. But I will pass your idea along, and thanks! CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #6
Home Depot, Walmart, McDonald's and the like. democratisphere May 2017 #10
go for evening hours Skittles May 2017 #20
Not knowing anything about her skills and where she lives dflprincess May 2017 #3
Thanks for all the good ideas! CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #7
Indeed.com shenmue May 2017 #4
Thanks! CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #8
Get her to think up the very places and jobs where she would be a good fit. applegrove May 2017 #9
Thank you, applegrove, for all of this. Very helpful. CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #11
If she is willing to move or have a long commute marylandblue May 2017 #14
Don't know if she's thought about that, but I will pass your good ideas along! Thank you. CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #17
Has she investigated telecommuting job sites like this one? mnhtnbb May 2017 #15
I don't know if she has looked into things like this. CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #16
check your local afl-cio labor council out bluecollar2 May 2017 #21
Thank you! CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #22
Top companies who pay more than minimum wage Laura PourMeADrink May 2017 #23
That's a good thought, and thank you! CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #24
Hi Peggy. Here they have a list of some possibly helpful sites: mvd May 2017 #25
Wow, and thank you! CaliforniaPeggy May 2017 #26
You are welcome mvd May 2017 #27
Tell her not to give up. You never know what is just around the corner. milestogo May 2017 #28
Contract work Nwgirl503 May 2017 #29
Applegrove mentioned volunteering. That'd Hortensis May 2017 #30

mnhtnbb

(31,575 posts)
18. Sounds like she has experience in an aspect of life coaching
Mon May 15, 2017, 10:29 PM
May 2017

which helps people define the skills they have (or need to get) in order to find
a job requiring those skills.

Suggest she take a look at these job categories and see whether something is listed where her skills would be a match.

https://www.flexjobs.com/jobs

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,609 posts)
19. Your response, and all of them, are exactly why I suggested to her father that I post this.
Mon May 15, 2017, 10:32 PM
May 2017

I knew that there would be a lot, and good ones at that.

I will pass this along!

dflprincess

(28,176 posts)
3. Not knowing anything about her skills and where she lives
Mon May 15, 2017, 10:06 PM
May 2017

my advice would be to look for contract work - it saved me until I found something permanent. (And I was in my 50s then.)

And, of course, resume on every possible job site.

applegrove

(120,015 posts)
9. Get her to think up the very places and jobs where she would be a good fit.
Mon May 15, 2017, 10:15 PM
May 2017

Write them and offer to do an unpaid internship for a few months. Send in your resume and cover letter. If she doesn't get a job she may at least have more experience to add to her resume and references.

Also get her to look up the names of places, that sound like places where she might like to work, in the phone book. Call them, find out about what they do, don't say anything else. Then write letters to all the places that sound like a fit. Send in her resume. A different cover letter. I can't tell you enough how important it is to call and find out who they are. I once sent a resume into what I thought was a human rights organization. It was actually a Catholic anti abortion anti birth control organization. I went for the interview anyway to get practice. But yeah. Up the experience by volunteering. And get at the hidden job market by getting your resume on file.

That would be two separate mail merges. Don't know how one finds work in the digital age.

marylandblue

(12,344 posts)
14. If she is willing to move or have a long commute
Mon May 15, 2017, 10:21 PM
May 2017

She could look at other counties, cities or state government. They usually like prior government experience and age discrimination is not as bad as the private sector.

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,609 posts)
16. I don't know if she has looked into things like this.
Mon May 15, 2017, 10:25 PM
May 2017

I will pass it along!

Thank you so much, my dear mnhtnbb...

bluecollar2

(3,622 posts)
21. check your local afl-cio labor council out
Mon May 15, 2017, 10:58 PM
May 2017

Some of the affiliated locals may be offering apprenticeship training.

Had a friend who became a journeyman electrician that way...

And union don't discriminate based upon age/gender...

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
23. Top companies who pay more than minimum wage
Mon May 15, 2017, 11:18 PM
May 2017

Yikes for Ben and Jerry's. May not have any of these companies where she is...

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/8-companies-pay-above-minimum-wage

Maybe some kind of work at home? someone was telling me about companies that hire contractors to file and track insurance claims. Like at $50/pop

milestogo

(16,829 posts)
28. Tell her not to give up. You never know what is just around the corner.
Tue May 16, 2017, 12:39 AM
May 2017

I am 60 and was laid off a year ago. I was unemployed for 7 months, had a crap job for 3 months and got laid off again. Then I got 2 job offers in 2 weeks.

I got a really great job. During those first 7 months I applied for over 200 jobs. I can't tell you why it took me so long the first time and it happened so fast the second time. I just don't know.

There is age discrimination, but there are also exceptions.

Nwgirl503

(406 posts)
29. Contract work
Tue May 16, 2017, 03:03 AM
May 2017

Set up a biz - Sec of State website has a checklist. Make some biz cards and maybe a brochure - vistaprint is great. Set up a free website and email acct.

Start cold calling non-profits that serve people from her previous line of work. Some larger churches hire out for outreach workers.

Search local, state and fed govt databases for contract work - women owned businesses have lots of opportunities and if she's a minority even better as they have quotas to fill.

She could partner with other similar, non-competing businesses and offer specialized workshops or bundled consulting programs to industry service providers for training.

She could get certified to provide CE classes for people in her industry who's jobs require ongoing education.

She could offer to write articles for industry based newsletters or blogs.

I got lots more but that's a good start. Contracting is the way to go if you have any kind of relevant experience in a specialized field.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
30. Applegrove mentioned volunteering. That'd
Tue May 16, 2017, 03:14 AM
May 2017

get her inside an organization, making contacts, showing her abilities off, etc. Including right back in county government if it offers volunteer opportunities. The socializing and contributing would hopefully help keep her spirits up also.

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