Economy
11:06 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Long Term Unemployed Face End of Federal Benefits

Credit www.workforcewatercooler.com

The long-term unemployed are facing a new challenge.

Starting next week, federal extended unemployment benefits will be ending for those who've been out of work more than 26 weeks.

In New York State, that will impact more than 100,000 people and 3,740 in Monroe County.

Local career strategist Hannah Morgan has some advice.  She says it's crucial that you zero in on the type of work you want to do. "Many times when speaking with job seekers, they want to keep their options open. They go around telling their friends and families 'I'll do just about anything, I just need a job.' But that's not right and it's not helping them. People don't have a rolodex of jobs that they are trying to keep in mind for people. You need to be very specific about the kind of work you're looking for."

Morgan says another danger for job seekers is isolation. She highly recommends support and networking groups. And she says rather than send in a resume and hope for the best, find advocates within the companies you're interested in, and ask them to recommend you for openings.