Unemployed & Unskilled, How Can I Get Ahead?

Dear Experts, I am unskilled, unemployed, living on a poverty-level income, over 50, and can't afford to go to school to get skills. How can I get ahead? Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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Man shakes hands with his boss after he gives him a raise
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It's that golden moment, the one you always dream about. The moment your boss offers you a raise, and you didn't have to ask for it! It doesn't happen often unless you have something in your contract that stipulates your pay increases, or some other sort of mandated pay raise. However, for the majority, an impromptu raise is just a dream.

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