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2nd March
2014
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Long term unemployment benefit update today March 2, 2014:
As we move into March, approximately 2 million Americans are still waiting for policy leaders in Congress to collaborate and find a way to pass a measure to extend long term unemployment compensation. Over a million Americans lost their long term unemployment benefits in December of last year and the number of Americans who are unemployed without unemployment benefits rises with each passing week.
The economy has not helped to minimize the crisis in 2014 so far. Job additions have been weaker than anticipated according to the last two monthly job reports. According to the government’s data, the U.S. economy added only 113,000 jobs in January after only adding 75,000 jobs the month prior. This data was far below what was expected, but many high ranking political figures in the U.S., even the President, implied that the bad weather this winter could be the culprit for the weaker jobs data. Hearing this though does not bring much relief to the millions of Americans looking for gainful employment while trying to survive without unemployment benefits. March represents the fourth month during which some Americans have gone without unemployment benefits. The President called for Congress to support the nation’s unemployed, but Democrats and Republicans continue to conflict on the issue. Since his State of the Union, the President has spoke minimally on the crisis which has been cause for concern for many that continue to struggle.
So far, economic data and job additions do not appear to be improving adequately. The data should be motivating congressional policy leaders to step up to the plate and extend unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed in the United States. Americans will tune in this week in hopes of observing progress with an unemployment benefit extension.

Genny Germano

76 Comments

  1. Deb
    03/03/2014

    We all want to go back to work. But are jobs are being sent overseas. Read your labels we do not have USA made anymore. A lot of us lost jobs that were sent out of the USA. USA worries more about the others countries always sending them money we need to start worrying more about the USA. What do the young kids have to look forward to. There are so many kids and Adults out there with good education and still can’t find jobs there sure not here. Stores are down sizing cause people don’t have money to spend. Please bring are jobs back to the USA then we can all go back to work. Its going to get worst if you don’t get business back USA made. Even are food labels say they are not made in the USA. Americans are not lazy we are hard workers we care. The other countries don’t care they ripe us off and take are money. No wonder USA is broke they are making us broke and laughing at us for being so stupid.

  2. SHAME ON DEMS AND REPUBS
    03/03/2014

    minority party’s feelings are hurt. Rand Paul states its an injustice to continue EUC! Harry Reid keeps on telling us he is having positive talks with repubs. But those repubs (Kirk n Coates) say they haven’t been in touch with the senate majority in weeks! Its all about mid term elections on BOTH sides. Neither side has our best interest in mind. They have their parties best interest end of story. Don’t be fooled by people telling us..”Vote out the republicans…Ill never vote republican again”. The sad reality is that Republicans and Democrats are both to blame. Harry Reid and the majority can use this against the republicans in mid term elections to try to keep control of the senate and the Republicans can flip it on the Dems to try to be the majority in the senate. Its all lies from both sides! VOTE THEM ALL OUT AND START FRESH

  3. Tom Daniel
    03/03/2014

    I have been unemployed since my charter school closed permanently in june. I have a ba and working on a masters in secondary ed. I live in Gary, IN….I can’t find a job any where! I am a single fathe Rr of a 6 year old daughter. On March 12 my power and gass will be shut off, I owe $1,000 on my car and I am hiding it in my yard from the repo man….without foodstamps, we d have nothing…..REINSTATE THE DAMN EXTENTION, NOW!

  4. Maria
    03/03/2014

    As I read all the comments I couldn’t help but cry. I lost my job June 2013. Sometimes you feel like you are the only one feeling like no one cares in the government, but sad to say there are so………..many of us in the same predicament.I submit applications and my resume weekly, but still no job.Like so many others my benefits were terminated in December. My 401k is completely gone. They are passing bills everyday in the congress/senate but NO………not this one. If not for THE GRACE OF GOD and my son I don’t know what I would do. We can continue to write congress and senate but GOD ALMIGHTY IS GOING TO HAVE TO TOUCH THEIR COLD………hearts for them to change. Believe what I say GOD and nobody else can change a cold heart! I’ve gotta hold on to my FAITH! Congress/senate remember “WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND.” (That’s a fact)

  5. mike
    03/03/2014

    government of the people, by the people,for the people has almost perished from this earth

  6. Larry
    03/03/2014

    Here is a story that will make you sick about our government. Back in November I knew a woman who received a check from disability for $50,000 which she wasn’t entitled to, it was sent by mistake. She isn’t even disabled. Well to make a long story short, I tried to report this to Social Security for 2 weeks. I tried calling numerous times and numerous numbers. I reported it online to the fraud department as well. Reported it to EDD and SDI. Well, it now has been 4 months and she has damn near spent all of the money and nothing has been done. It pisses me off because I lost my unemployment benefits because the Republicans say there is no money to pay for them. Well, if they are making $50,000 mistakes and doing nothing about it, no wonder there isn’t money. But, when it is reported to them, they don’t do anything anyway. Our system sucks!

  7. Deborah
    03/03/2014

    This makes me sick!! Please reinstate benefits for the unemployed. People need help while they are looking for work! It’s a shame to leave 1.7 million American people out in the cold!

  8. Beth Moran
    03/03/2014

    Huffington Post has published a list of the Republicans who voted against the extension of our unemployment benefits. I lost my job when PNC bank got money from the bail out to purchase National City bank. They closed several branches and eventually multiple call centers. The town was already very depressed and around the same time two other large employers in our small town shut down, sending their jobs over seas. I have relocated to look for work but I am stuck with a house that won’t sell because no one is moving there.

  9. corey
    03/03/2014

    I dont have any money to pay for anything. My credit is now crap i wouldnt be surprised if my vehicle gets reposessed. My bank account has a negative balance. Im selling personal items to put gas in my tank to fill out job applications. Besides being financially stressed. Im becoming mentally depressed to an aweful extent

  10. Yvonne
    03/03/2014

    I have contacted MoveOn to see if we could set up demonstrations across the country. I hate to take this lying down.

    They are only requesting benefits for the areas still hard hit like Los Angeles where I live. And although they say unemployment is down to 6.6% across the nation, it is believed they are only counting those still collecting benefits.

    I also would like to see a class action lawsuit against the banks for all of the loss of homes, life savings, pensions, possessions and for pain and suffering damage from all of this. And the Sherman Anti-trust Act needs to be reenacted to break up these monopolies. I believe in becoming proactive rather than turning into a victim. Remember we are not alone – many are going through this. Get politically active and not just at the polls in November. Keep signing peitions and calling Congress and the President.

    God bless!!

  11. Tara
    03/03/2014

    This entire situation is horrible to say the least but, I find comfort in knowing that I am not alone. I truly hope the best for all of you because I know how it feels to be on the verge of losing or having lost your car, car insurance, house, gas/electric, water, medication and everything else we need to survive. Congress has definitely failed us. I am ashamed to say that I live in Kentucky which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation right now and our two representitives (McConnell and Paul) are doing everything in their power to stop this extension that we all need to survive. So, with that being said, I am urging everyone especially citizens of KY to vote them both out during the next election and also write them a letter. It can be done online very easily.

  12. Todd Eagleton
    03/03/2014

    It’s been the toughest 6 months of my life, as I have never been without a job.  I always said “At least I have a great career, and am fortunate to make  a lot of money” whenever something went wrong!  Well, can’t use that line anymore.  I’m close to a new career, but it takes so long, and I’m out of money and lost all I have.  I am so sorry for all of you who have it worse, and for many who struggle.  Continue to focus on the good….Find the good, and don’t let it take your dreams away.  We WILL make it through, and maybe this will be the week we get some help until we find a job.  Don’t give up!  No suicides, no crime, continue to be a good person and help when you can.   I sincerely say, if I can help, as I have helped many find jobs in the past, as well as I have hired hundreds of wonderful team members as a Manager, Regional training manager, and District manager over the last 15 years.  I do care, and I will help people if I can until the day I die.   Let’s help one another and focus on the problems we have…Some advice below on the way we hired, and some things to consider when finding a job.  Please, I mean no offense to those who know the below information, but only to help those that don’t find a career

    If anyone finds value or needs help (information-as I have not had EUC since my last payment of $494 the first week of January), or even need to vent.  I want nothing, and have no scams, no sales, I just care, and wish you all the best as I’m in the same situation.  If it is helpful, let me know as I will post something helpful daily….”How to save on every day life from shopping, utilities, gas, car maintenance, etc.)”.   We need to help one another live conservatively, save on utilities, and survive this!   Below is some information on applications, and the interview process…Long, but can be helpful!  Good luck and let’s help ourselves and one another!  Be safe and take care!  toddeagleton5150@gmail.com

     

    The Application:

    It’s critical that you take this very seriously, and with correct dates, no missing information as if there are employment “gaps”, it is looked at as if you are hiding something.  Example:  2002 to 2004 you worked for a company, then, you started working in 2006 for a new company (what happened in 2005?).  Need to explain, or fill in the “gap”.  The application is looked over and scrutinized.  Fill out all information, and make sure it’s all accurate.  If you left a position because you didn’t get along with your boss or co-workers, DO NOT state that, as you may not even get an interview.  The thought process from many Recruiters and Human Resource Managers is past behaviors predict future behaviors (you did not like your boss or other employees in the past, you probably will not get along with them now/in the future).  The “we want the best of the best” starts with the application process.  Spelling, grammar, and no abbreviation (you’re not texting).  Salary/Hourly rate, do your research prior, and have a rough idea of what the employer pays for the position and leave it as negotiable, as once again, the Recruiter or Human Resource Manager may feel you are outside of their pay guidelines, or you don’t value yourself well, if you “aim” too low (they may not contact you).  Focus on getting a job offer, then, negotiate with them (you can always say no, or be offered more because the interview went well).  Try and keep “negativity” out of the application process, as it’s the first attempt to “sell yourself” when seeking employment.  Get some help from intelligent friends or family if you are not 100% comfortable, but do not do this other then on-line at home applications (no help in person or on site).  Availability, and over-time, should be listed as anytime, and yes to OT.  Discuss any time constraints/scheduling needs in person (interview), unless it is something you cannot do.  Companies like flexibility, and there is always change.

    Most companies have an assessment, that is part of the application process, and if you fail the assessment, you fail to go forward to the interview process.  It is CRITICAL you read information “about” the company, on line, in pamphlets, etc., as you will understand their “Mission Statement”, their “Values”, how and what their business is about. Be a detective, as this may be a career, or you may realize the company is not a “fit” for you.  This will help you with their assessment(s).  Some are numerous questions with differ situations/scenarios, and many questions are the same, just different ways of asking the same question (looking for consistency with answers, to see if you telling the truth).  Take these seriously as well, or your opportunity may end with a failure.  Keep in mind, you must know about the job description where you are applying for.  Example:  Coach, teaching and training, in supervisory positions, empathy to a point, as it cannot violate policy and procedure.  These positions involve goal setting, team work, follow-up, your accountability, and Leadership (not harsh “rule by fear”).  Look at job descriptions if available, as this will help with the assessments.

    The Interview:

    Always dress your BEST (clean, pressed, dress or business attire (ladies), and clean, ironed, suit and tie for the men).  From your hair, clean shaven, to cut clean nails, to polished shoes.  It shows respect to your interviewer(s), and shows you are meticulous and care about getting the job.  Most companies want to have their company represented with clean, professional looking employees.  This maybe the difference between you and an internal candidate (who is already employed) getting the job as they usually do not put the effort in to their appearance due to the “entitlement” thought.  You NEED the job…They may want a promotion or a different position.   ALWAYS polite and professional and BE PREPARED!  Make sure you know all about the company (history, recent changes/press release, stock price if applicable, recent news articles, company Leadership, etc.).  If it’s a retailer or business you can visit or observe, it will be worth the visit to see what you can learn as a customer or visitor.  Never, not know about the company you are applying for, as the first question maybe “What brought you here today to apply for this position?” or “Have you ever been to one of our locations?”.   You could be “finished” before you get started.  Bring copies of your Resume (at least 5 for a panel interview) if applicable to that job (most will require a resume other then entry level).   Be polite, professional, confident (not arrogant), use proper terminology to the business, but do not use “big” words just to use “big” words.   NEVER EVER use obscenities (regardless if the interviewer does), be serious, but not “stiff” or come across as an introvert (quiet, shy, not showing any emotion).  Be exciting, but do not make it a comedy act, or out of control/over-the-top actions.  Keep in mind they are looking for dedicated, dependable, customer focused, polite & professional individuals to represent their company (look at the pictures of their team members on their company website…Make sure you look even better!).   They may ask you for a brief review of your job history “Tell us about you?”  Keep it to the “Readers Digest” version of your history.  Keep it brief for the early jobs (PT/early career), and focus on the experience/education that is critical to the position you are applying for.  NO NEGATIVITY when recapping your history, as you want to keep it positive when discussing yourself.  They don’t want to hear complaints, nor problems (they have their own, and they don’t want more). 

    Know your Interviewer:

    When they plan your interview, they will usually tell you who is going to interview you.  Human Resource Manager, Recruiter, Operations Manager, Asset Protection/Risk Management, etc.  Below is what you need to know about a few:

    ·         Human Resource Managers are focused on attaining & retaining high performance employees, policy and procedures enforced regarding diversity, no discrimination, non-hostile work environment, retention/low turnover.  Coaching/developing, training, employees for future “bench” strength/promotion, labor laws, and  State & Federal labor policies and procedures.  Simply about people.
    ·         Recruiters are focused on people as well, filling vacancies, finding talent, on-boarding, as well as retaining good people.
    ·         Asset Protection/Risk Management are focused on protecting company assets, safety (customer and employee), safe working environment, theft (internal/external), policy, procedure, and paperwork that can impact company loss, and or  liability.
    ·         Management (Operations, RVP, SVP, to CEO) are responsibility for Leadership, motivating and inspiring a team/employees, sales/budgets, cost control, Profit & Loss statement  (P & L) accountability, which incorporate all of the above job descriptions/responsibilities)  **If it’s a publically traded company you can view their prior year  P & L information on line if you search. 

    It’s important you know who will be interviewing you, as you will need to keep this in mind, along with your research on the company.  This will help you focus on “what matters most” to these individuals.

    The Structured Behavior Based panel Interview:

    As stated above, companies look at behaviors as a prediction of future behaviors.  They ask questions that are non-hypothetical, and are looking for “true” stories. You  can use names, and give stories of a real-life situation.  Example:  “Tell me a time when you provided a customer with exceptional service”…..The wrong answer:  I was very polite and professional, I got them everything they needed, and thanked them for their business…They left happy.  Correct answer:   Mr. Jones who is now a frequent customer of ours, was in our store last year for a pair of dress pants, he found a pair he really liked, but not in his size.  I apologized for not having the size, and asked him if he would give me a few minutes to call our other stores to find his size, and have them shipped to us, and I would call him when they arrived.  I did, and he was extremely thankful when they came in and said he would be a customer for life, and he shops with us all the time, and has referred customers to see me.  The “WOW” factor.

    A structured behavioral based interview is looking for real life stories in regard to their questions, but, they must be a positive result.  Example:  S.T.A.R.

    Situation-They ask a specific question to find out how you handled a situation in your past.

    Task-What task was involved related to the question.

    Action-The action you had taken to resolve or handle the problem.  **Keep in mind the action you had taken must be ethical, accepted, and within policy and procedure (most are common sense), as it must be a good action.

    Result-The result of the action you had to take.  The result MUST be positive.  Another example:   “Tell me about a time when you had to mentor a team member who lacked confidence…What did you do?”    I had a sales associate name Johnny who was struggling with closing a sale.  He was very friendly, and knowledgeable, but observing him, I had noticed Johnny would continue on with features and benefits, and sales presentation, when the customer was ready to buy, and would lose the sale due to his frustrating the customer.  I pulled him aside when we had some “down” time, and told him all the great things he was doing, and also explained what was causing him to lose the sales.  I did this in a positive way and asked him what he could do differently.  He realized what he was doing, but, I asked him to observe me, and he did.  Then I had him “role-play” with me a customer transaction, as I was the customer.  It took some time, and he became one of my top sales team members, and he was recently promoted to lead sales manager.  THE RESULT HAS TO BE A POSITIVE RESULT.  To say well Johnny didn’t do well, he was terminated would not be a good example.

    Be prepared for some good stories with good content, specific to the question (not gruesome detail), but specifics.  Don’t utilize last names if it revolves around medical (HIPAA laws), or something that may cause embarrassment/defame  the individual you are discussing (someone that maybe known to the interviewer(s))

    ***Have some good stories to tell that are true (good examples ready and prepared if possible).  Don’t lie, as you may have a trained intelligent interviewer that understands the mind….When your eyes look to your right, and your telling a story or answering a question, it usually means you are creating/constructing (using the creative part of your brain), looking to your left is utilizing memory recall (remembering what happened).  Be prepared, and be honest!

    Most panels consist of a question “Tell me about some of your weakness’s & about your strength’s?”   Make sure your weakness is not a direct expectation of the job description!  A good one for that is “I’m very thorough and a perfectionist, and I often double check my work as I strive for perfection…I’m working on that at doing it right the first time as I focus on getting things done ahead of schedule, and having that time to make sure it is 100%!”  You need to know your own strengths and MAKE SURE they are in direct correlation to the job description you are applying for.   Customer Service:  Very Customer Focused, Admin.  Assistant:  Very Organized & great with Excel, Microsoft, etc. 

    When they ask you “Are there any questions for us?”  Make sure you are prepared with one or two, and MAKE SURE they are NOT “What’s in it for me questions”….What kind of company car will I get?….How much will I make (let the offer come first or have an idea prior)?   A question I found to be the best, as it sets a mood for the person doing the interview, and inspires them is “How long have you been with the company, and how did you get to the level you are at?  It usually follows with  a great story, and you may get to know your future boss before you are hired.  Based on that story, ask who was that person who influenced your career and made you the success person you are today?  Who gave you the opportunity?  And finally, is there an opportunity for advancement, as if given the opportunity, I would like to make this my career?

    If they ask you a trick question as some do “How many sick days do you feel is acceptable in a 90 day period?  The answer is zero.  Don’t talk about or ask about sick time…It will be in the employee hand book when you get hired!

    It’s an “Employers Market” and they want the best!   Always think about what you are going to say before you say it, and how it will be perceived.  Good luck, and feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or to correct me if you disagree.  Let’s share and help one another through this tough time.  I do care…I want nothing, other than a success story of how you got the job and or helped someone else find a job!  Toddeagleton5150@gmail.com

  13. jon
    03/03/2014

    80 BILLION PER YEAR to afghan … trillions to syria, africa and egypt ..

    now sending more money to the eukraine ..but eat cake americans …the politicians know how to spend OUR money for us.

    I say its time for a revolution

  14. Richard
    03/03/2014

    There is money for war but not to help the people of the country. The American dream is gone.

  15. Ron
    03/03/2014

    Screw congress, our leaders and the banks that stole our money, just stop paying anyone and revolt. It worked for the French and Russians at one point. Our leaders need to be removed from office.

  16. Brad
    03/03/2014

    Dear Congress, Im so glad to hear that all of you are getting your paychecks plus weeks of vacation and goverment shutdowns. In the meantime while your relaxing on a beach we the American people struggle to feed, cloth and house our families after years of being employed. I lost my job from no fault of mine and I paid taxes for 20 plus years. For what? so now I cant find a job, Obama care cost money which I dont have. I could go on forever about the goverment which is supposed to take care of the ones who cant take care of themselves.

  17. Rikita
    03/03/2014

    Extend the benefits I been looking for a job and its hard out here for us I we have kids to support and without the help what are we gona do I wish a job would call me so I wouldn’t have to go thur this as a single mother we trying to survive with the little we do have

  18. Albert
    04/03/2014

    Its deplorable that more noise regarding the sad state our Politicians have us in isn’t made.
    I have worked since I was 15 years of age. I am now 60. Doesn’t that count for something? I guess not.
    Why isn’t any news station covering this serious situation. There is no mention of EUC on the news at all. hmmm, out of site, out of mind.
    We need to keep this noise loud and clear

  19. Michael Balser
    04/03/2014

    I find it hard to swallow the fact that we are going to give the Ukraine more than 1 billion dollars (that’s 1,000,000,000!) when congress will not extend unemployment benefits to the long term unemployed.

  20. 04/03/2014

    Senate Calendars for March 4, 2014 – 113th Congress, 2nd Session

    This is the EUC extension bill as shown on the agenda…

    There is no reference to the IMPORTANCE THIS BILL IS TO THE STRUGGLING UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE IN NEED>>>
    I was taken back by the write up. Makes me feel very insignificant. What do you think?

    259 S. 1797
    Mr. Reed
    A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits,and for other purposes.

    Dec. 11, 2013.—Read the secondtime and placed on the calendar

    265 S. 1845
    Messrs. Reed and Heller
    A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits,and for other purposes.

    Dec. 18, 2013.—Read the second time and placed on the calendar

    296 S. 1931
    Mr. Heller and others
    A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits,and for other purposes.

    Jan. 16, 2014.—Read the second time and placed on the calendar.

    HOPEFULLY the discussion and vote will be represented with much greater detail.

  21. Diane
    04/03/2014

    We can send money to Ukraine but won’t help our own
    THAT IS SO SAD YOU HAVE MONEY TO BAIL OUUT CAR COMPANIES AND BANKS BUT NOT WORKING CLASS PEOPE GOD HELP YOU.YOU WILL. BE JUDGED,

  22. bryan
    04/03/2014

    congress needs to come here were I live and see if you can get ajob funny I live in a crapy city were the congress would fit right in with the mayor and all the other officals that don’t give a shit and put the money in there pockets extened unemployment please

  23. Francine
    05/03/2014

    Enough of this sacrificial problem on our receiving EUC!you can’t decide and meanwhile there isn’t any other excuse the weather? How about when the presentation was to make more funds to the military. Not meaning the soldiers etc but don’t the companies that employ to produce military still have there jobs? What does an example of any party act like? That we the unemployed are asking for help and what is your example ?power plays between the parties,gossip , and negligent to the fact that everybody does not have the same securities as you who even the poor people voted for . Have a good day maybe I’ll have to sell my Eisenhower coin we all we received for graduation and get$5 for it then go get a gallon of gas.

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