For the next three weeks, we will share stories of job seekers who have applied for a scholarship (see the application form here), so you can see how important it is that we get them the help they want and deserve, but can’t afford. Meet Tom*: Q: What’s the hardest part about unemployed long-term? A: The hardest part is not knowing where the next check will come from. I'm collecting unemployment but that even limits what I can and cannot do. It's worrying about bills and debts. I'm also a single dad, so it's supporting myself and my daughter. Q: What have you been doing to look for work so far? A: I receive e-mails that provide matches based on criteria I've entered into job search websites. The e-mails get tedious and monotonous. The positions that are posted seem to be the same on almost every site I search. I've also updated my resume a few times. I'm still not certain it looks the best it can look. That includes my LinkedIn profile. Ultimately, I need to keep improving and getting better but I'm not certain how to get there at this stage of the game. Q: Why do you feel our Job Search Accelerator Program can help you? A: I feel that I'm not a "true professional" when searching for a job. I'm lacking the focus and drive to do the best that I can day in and day out. I could use a guide. A structured pattern of doing the right thing and feeling better about my searches as I go along. As the program states, I need to accelerate my job search. Tom is one of the 30+ scholarship applicants we have received since launching Allies to the Out-of-Work. Want to know how you can help job seekers like him? Harnessing the power of the micro-fundraising site, Indiegogo.com, we launched a campaign to raise $10,000 that will give 100 long-term unemployed people a full scholarship to our Job Search Accelerator Program (JSAP). This program is helping hundreds of people find work. However, it’s not something we can give away for free. So, we are hoping to get donations from those of you out there who: A) Have been out of work recently and know how hard the job search really is. B) Know somebody long-term unemployed and want to sponsor them. C) Care about getting Americans back to work and on their feet.
February 24, 2013