When it comes to employment or more specifically finding a job, there are many aspects of your life that you’d need to polish up. This is to ensure that all your positive traits and skills are highlighted by your potential employer. You may have the perfect tie and suit for the interview, a perfectly presented resume, certificates and awards to boost your chances, but one aspect many forget to clean up is social media.
A nationwide survey by careerbuilder.com revealed that 39% of employers comb through their candidates’ social media profiles before selecting them. This means that 2 out of 5 of your potential employers determine your employability based out of your social media profiles. Out of 10 employers in a company, 3 of them are solely hired to screen through the social media profiles of their potential candidates.
Now based on this survey many points arise on what one should or shouldn’t do when it comes to having a presentable social media profile. So here are a few things you’re probably doing that is costing you that dream job!
Deleting Your Social Media Profiles
You might think that this is the quickest and easiest fix when it comes to cleaning up your act online. It Isn’t. In fact, this does more harm than good. 50% of employers do not consider candidates who simply are ghosts online. They feel that the candidate is untrustworthy if he’s so scared to be seen in the public eye.
Some organizations do even have access to your supposedly deleted social media profiles, so there’s pretty much nowhere to hide. Also deleting your profile days before applying for a job is perceived as a suspicious activity. Employers have experts who are equipped to still gather information about you even with your profile deleted
Having a social media profile basically is key for employers to get a glimpse of your personality. A persona could be the key to nailing a job or losing a job as well.
This is a no-brainer, but using a lot of profanity and cuss words depict poorly when it comes to your employer. The employer gauges the kind of language as a depiction of your temperament and in some cases your maturity. A candidate who uses a lot of cuss words on social media is usually considered as someone as aggressive, which is not appropriate for a workplace.
Alongside the use of bad language, employers keep a close eye on your grammar. Grammatical errors in your Facebook posts or tweets play a huge role when it comes to employment. This is because you can always have someone make a polished and refined resume and have the most beautifully structured cover letter. Won’t you see that level of flowery language on your Facebook post, do you?
Your social media posts depict your level of literacy and give an insight into how well you can articulate and communicate. So poor grammar is an absolute no when it comes to keeping your social media profiles clean.
Watch Your Content
Potential employers also keep a keen eye on the type of content you post. Provocative, Inappropriate images and text will certainly send you to the bad books of your potential employer. This is because hiring you would make you an employee as well as a representative of the company to the outside world. Posting negative and controversial content on social media brings the company in a negative light, this is why most employers don’t entertain candidates with such content on their profiles and feed.
Pictures Featuring Drug and Alcohol Abuse
While employers don’t encourage their employees to drink or use drugs, they certainly will not tolerate such vices in a potential candidate. So any imagery, videos or posts related to your drunken revelry or experiments with drugs would be an instant rejection from your potential employer. As you would expect, posting pictures or videos indulging in such vices depicts in your personality and that is something which employers do not expect out their employees.
Announcement of Political Allegiance/Political Posts
Most organizations do not have any political bias or allegiance to any political party. Hence employers also look out for posts that are extremely supportive or negative towards political parties. This is because hiring a candidate who tends to propagate a certain political party would lead to the candidate unintentionally presenting the company he works for to have a political bias.
This should come as a no-brainer to you. Sexual Harassment, Sexist comments, racism, and racial slurs are now shunned upon and are regarded as condemnable offenses. Naturally, employers and hiring organizations would not like to employ a candidate who indulges in spreading hate through racial slurs or makes demeaning statements to women.
Companies also do not hire candidates with sexist and racist ideologies because of how they might behave with their colleagues at the workplace. Sexual harassment cases and arguments over race has cost many companies their reputation and a lot of money in lawsuits and damage control. The same applies to candidates who tend to demean and belittle people belonging to a different religion than theirs.
Talking Ill of Your Past Employer
No one likes it when someone airs dirty laundry. The same goes for your future employer. Your future employers don’t take too kindly if they find posts of a candidate ranting negatively about their previous employer. This makes the candidate look disloyal as well as unreliable. It also presents the candidate as selfish and someone who is unwilling to align with a company’s goals.
It’s apparent that each employee at a company has a unique experience with his employer, and this experience does not represent how a company treats all its employees. So when an ex-employee begins to negatively rant about his/her past workplace, future employers see someone who would try to tarnish their reputation if they were to be hired and fired.
Divulging Company Secrets
Another issue which future employers have with candidates is when they divulge company secrets on to the public. Every company has its own rules, guidelines, and policies. Divulging them in a public space leaves a company vulnerable as well as embarrassed in front of other corporate companies. This also tells the employer that the candidate is unreliable with sensitive information and cannot be trusted.
Faking Online Presence
Even when you have cleaned up your act online, and got the job! It doesn’t end there. More than half of the country’s companies (51%) still use social media to research their current employees. So just because you’ve got the job, doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods and can go back to posting the content you used to post before you got your job. Employers still do check on their employees via social media to fare how they are doing. There have been many cases where activities on social media have led managers to fire their employees because of the content that has been posted.
But one should remember. Employers aren’t looking online at their candidate’s profiles only to find dirt and not offer them a job. Employers also tend to look for qualities and posts that show off the candidate’s skills and its relevance to the job at hand. So while you can cut down on the fluff on your social media profiles, you could practice pushing good organic content and writing posts and comments that compliment your skill set.
When it comes to combing through social media accounts of potential candidates, they aim to look for skills, habits, and behavior that seem appropriate for the type of job requirement and whether it aligns with the workplace. They also look for unique skills that make the candidate more marketable when it comes to getting a job. So it is rather best to explore new skills as they only serve as added perks when looking for a job of your choice.
So when it comes to nailing that job and working towards the American dream, it doesn’t stop with just a perfect cover letter and resume and a fine dress code. Your online persona requires a professional revamp as well. Hopefully, you realized the mistakes you were making above and rectified them and are now ready to be the eager boy scout-like an employee that your future boss expects you to be! Now fine-tune that social media persona and go get ’em, tiger!
Have you attended an interview which you thought you owned but then didn’t get a call offering you the job? You probably prepared tirelessly for that interview and knew everything that you needed to know about the company and possessed all the skills for the role. You would have also known the answers to every question asked and were confident throughout. Here are 5 blunders that could cost a perfectly suitable candidate to lose out on a great job role.
Interview Mistakes That Could Cost You The Job
Here are some interview mistakes that candidates make without realizing that could make you miss out on the opportunity.
Plenty of interview candidates make this mistake that makes an instant black mark on their profile. Most interviewers don’t share their concerns about candidates during the interview as there are other candidates lined up in the lobby battling it out for the job. This gives you reason to take matters into your own hands to pinpoint what exactly it was that was missing in your application and address them on your own.
There’s a minute difference between answering a concern addressed by your interviewer and highlighting a weakness. The longer you take to explain yourself, the more suspicious you sound. If you’re in a situation where you’ve been out of a job for a while, lost a job or left a job, you need to work on an answer that is brief and confident. If you sound like you’re trying to justify yourself or you give out excess information, you are likely to create room for more questions. Frame your answer in a short and succinct manner. There’s nothing worse than sounding nervous, bitter, unsure or unprepared while addressing a delicate matter.
For example, let’s say your company decided to restructure or downsize and you lost your job in the bargain. When your interviewer asks you why you decided to leave your previous company, you could say something like this, “It turned out to be a blessing when my previous company decided to restructure as it gave me the chance to refocus on the career path I’d like to take and I’m really glad to be here with you for this very reason.” Voila! In one sentence, you addressed the concern and shone the spotlight on the opportunity at hand.
2. Trying to be everything
While it is important to showcase traits of being a quick learner and a self-initiator, don’t go overboard with it. It’s important to keep in mind that the company is hiring for a specific role. If the job requires you to perform a task that requires a certain skill for which you don’t have much experience with, it’s best to be transparent.
For instance, the interviewer tells you, “We require our new hire to be familiar with digital marketing,” and he/she looks at you as if to ask you if that’s something you’re comfortable with, it’s ideal to be honest. You could probably say something like this, “I do not possess rich experience with digital marketing. However, I’m a quick learner and would be truly excited to deepen my knowledge of that in this position.”
3. Leading the interview
Keep in mind, they called you in, and it isn’t the other way round. Make sure you allow your interviewer to lead. Don’t try to get too paly and begin to ask personal questions. While it’s admirable to be warm and approachable, it doesn’t always work in your favor. It can sometimes even backfire, 17% of hiring managers consider asking personal questions during an interview to count against you. While it is a positive to ask some questions about at the end of the interview (or in between, only if they open up the window), it’s very important to keep in mind that they’re in the pilot’s seat.
4. Lacking warmth
A lot of candidates who walk into interviews seem so professional and polished that they lack the basic warmth that’s required to connect. You’d be surprised to hear that 38% of hiring managers have dismissed potential candidates due to their unwillingness to smile.
Interviewers often come across candidates who are so clean and perfect that they can’t connect with them. While being professional is highly sought, it is also important to remember to be human. Interviewers want candidates who can connect with the organization, gel with the workers, and bring results.
If you think that you might fall into this category, you could prepare a statement that sounds something like, “the reason this opportunity and company strikes a personal chord with me is…” Tell your interviewer what it is about the role and company that you really like. Make sure it sounds natural and not contrived. If it sounds staged, your answer is either too long or you haven’t practiced enough. Make sure you look your interviewer in the eye when you say this to them.
Just like most social groups, nobody likes sitting with someone who has anything negative to say. 49% of hiring managers stated speaking negatively about a co-worker or former boss as one of the top mistakes they observe during interviews. Don’t badmouth and no matter what don’t tell your interviewer that you hated your previous job, even if you did. Instead, approach the subject from an angle of gratitude. Talk about what you learned from the job, the exposure you received with the company, and that you’re moving out now because you’re ready to grow further.
It all bottles down to your ability to stand out from the other candidates and how well you handled yourself during the interview. To land the job, it’s necessary to be personable, professional, and be able to sell yourself in a simple and concise way.
Keep in mind what not to do at your next interview and you will notice the results. You might also find our article on helpful interview tips useful for your next interview. We wish you good luck from fileunemployment.org!
Are you a recent graduate who’s looking for a job? Have you been looking for a change of jobs to upgrade your skill set? Or have you left your previous job and now in search of employment? Regardless of the category you fall under, these interview tips will come in handy for the next interview you attend.
11 Helpful Interview Tips
These interview tips don’t require much of your time or effort. Use these tips while preparing for the interview as well as on the day of the interview to effortlessly get through interviews.
1. Prepare to Ace the Basics
There are a few questions that are inevitably asked at every job interview. Make a note of these questions and prepare answers for each one of them. You can also write down your answers and then say it out loud to know how impressive it sounds.
Here are some of the most common questions asked in interviews:
- Q: Tell me about yourself
A: My name is <first name>. I did my elementary school at <school name> Elementary and then went to <school name> school. After graduating from high school, I went to <university name> University to pursue my interests in <name the field of study>. I then took up a job as a <role name> at <company name>. After working there for <xx> months/years, I moved jobs and took up a role as <role name> at <company name.
- Q: Why do you want to join this company?
A: I’ve taken as much as I could at my previous/current role and company and grown as an individual and a professional, now I want to learn more. I’m aware of this company’s work environment, the opportunities it presents to its employees, and how it inculcates growth. This is the reason why I want to join this company.
- Q: What are the skills that you possess that set you apart from the crowd?
A: I am extremely patient, a quality that is not very common these days. My patience helps avoid misunderstandings, helps calm situations, and take level-headed decisions at all times.
- Q: Name a few of your strengths. Narrate past experiences to support them.
A: I’m a team player, confident, and have good communication skills.
Once a teammate was burdened with a lot of work that was due by the end of the day. I took up a sizable portion of her tasks and also requested our teammates to join in and help her. We helped her finish the task on time.
- Q: What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?
A: I find it hard to meet very high targets.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I want to be heading the <team name> of the company.
There are some more questions that could be asked in an interview
- Q: Why are you leaving your current job?
People’s reasons to move jobs vary. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.
A: I moved from <area name> to <area name> a couple of months back because I bought a new home. I’ve been finding the commute a little too hectic. So I’ve been looking for a place that’s closer to home.
I’ve grown to the maximum potential that my current/previous employer could offer me. I’m looking for an environment that is more challenging and where I can learn more.
I was working in <city name> and my spouse got transferred here. Since we were moving here, I had to leave my previous job.
- Q: Why does this role interest you?
A: In this role I see myself utilizing all the skills that I already possess and see the scope to implement my newly acquired skills (from a course that I just completed).
- Q: Describe your work style.
A: Structured and Fast: I begin my day by spending the first 5 minutes planning it out. Then I make a list of tasks that I need to complete and allot time for each one of them. Only once I’m done with my tasks, I take a break. I come back from my break and review my work with my manager.
- What are your requirements in terms of salary?
I’m looking at a 30% increase in my salary which is within the industry standards.
- Would you like to add anything that we didn’t cover?
I’d like to tell you that I have 4 children, one of whom will be going to university this year.
- Is there anything you would like to ask us?
I’d like to know to whom I would be reporting to and what my daily tasks would be.
Make sure that all your answers remain under one minute. Don’t ramble, keep your answers concise and articulate. This will give your interviewer the impression that your answer is well thought through.
2. Research about the company
Regardless of how new/old the company is, it’s always good to know about the company before attending an interview. It not only shows the interviewer that you are interested in the job but it also helps you understand what the work life in the company is like.
Run a search on the company and see what it’s known for. Read about the company, its products, and the team on sites like glassdoor.com, vault.com, and indeed.com. If the company has a blog, read through the posts, it’ll give you a feel of the company. See if the company has been featured in the press, who are its competitors, what its sec filings are (if it is a public company; you can do this on sec.com). You can also look up the company on LinkedIn and check to see if you have any mutual connections. Talk to them and find out what the work culture is like and if there’s anything that you should know before interviewing.
3. Don’t Underdress or Overdress
You’ve always heard, “there’s no such thing as overdressing for an interview”. Overdressing for an interview could give out the impression that you don’t understand the culture at the workplace. That’s why it’s important to research a little about the company. Before attending the interview, figure out the dress code, and go one notch more formal.
If the people in the company dress in casuals like jeans and T-shirt, wear a blazer with flats. And if it’s flats-and-a-blazer kind of place, dress in business casuals. Just make sure to go one step more formal than the dress code.
4. Keep it Conversational
While attending an interview, keep it conversational. It’s not a test. It’s just one person trying to find a match for an open role. Don’t let your answers sound like speeches. Avoid speech patterns and buzzwords. When you hear the question, flip the question over in your mind, it’s okay to think out loud as you do so. You can flip the conversation back to your interviewer by asking him/her if they think the same. Interact with your interviewer, don’t let it be the same old boring question-answer-question-answer. Your interviewer is someone getting by another workday, break the monotony and make it fun for him/her.
Make sure to not go overboard or lead the conversation astray or come off as someone who’s overconfident.
5. Run a Social Media Check
Check your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social media handles to check what kind of posts you’ve made. Interviewers often scan their prospective employee’s social media profiles. If there are sexist, racist or any other kind of memes or comments or embarrassing pictures that you’ve posted that could put you in a negative light with the interviewer, take them off.
You can also google your full name to see what content pops up.
6. Use the Products & Services
Interviewers like it when the candidate they’re interviewing is prepared. Use the product/service of the company. Get a feel of what the company’s into. Companies are always happy to receive constructive feedback.
7. Arrive at the Venue Early and Prepared
Reach the venue on time if not early. Download directions to the venue and anticipate traffic delays in advance. You don’t want to get to the interview late or sweating and panting. Don’t get to the venue too early, reaching 5 to 10 minutes in advance is ideal. Turn off your phone before your interview begins. You don’t want it buzzing or ringing during the interview.
8. Take Mock Interviews
Practice for your interview with your friends or family. If one of them has experience with interviewing employees, even better. These practice or mock interviews will give you a greater level of confidence and also provide you with the chance to experiment with different answers and hear how you sound. Ask for feedback on your answers, what could be avoided, and body language. Request the mock interviewer to ask you a few offbeat questions so you know how well you can think on our feet.
9. Checklist of the Documents
Make sure to carry 5 or 6 copies of the required documents on the day of your interview. The required documents include:
- List of references (include each person’s title, company, and contact information such as phone number and email ID)
- Reference letters
- Samples of your work like writings, design layouts, etc. (Be sure to not give out any confidential information about your current employer)
After providing the employer with your professional references, contact the references and give them a heads up on the company and the job position.
10. Schedule for the Right Window
The best time to interview, according to Glassdoor, is at 10:30 AM on Tuesday. On Mondays, employees are usually gearing up for the week, while on Fridays they are preparing to wind down for the weekend. The same principle applies to the first and last slots of the day. The interviewer has other responsibilities beyond hiring. Similarly, it’s best to avoid the slot just before noon as your interviewer could be too hungry to concentrate; or the slot immediately after lunch as they could be in a food coma.
However, in circumstances where the decision needs to be made quickly, it’s best to pick the earliest slot available. Decisions are often guided to those options that are presented first when there are immediate requirements.
11. Prepare for the Unexpected
When faced with the unexpected at an interview, remind yourself that this is an interview and not an actual situation. Keep your cool, take your time before you answer. Don’t feel pressured to answer quickly and say the first thing that pops up in your mind. Some interviewers ask questions that help them understand the personality of the candidate. Some such questions are:
- Tell me about someone you admire.
- How many people are flying in the US right now?
- If you were a boss, what kind of people would you hire?
- What bothers you most about other people.
- Tell me about a colleague that you really got along with.
These questions aren’t always asked at interviews, but if you’re asked a question, it’s always good to know how to answer unexpected questions.
Use these tips for your next interview and be sure to notice the difference in your performance. We wish you all the luck in your next interview.
You can gain additional tips by interacting with people in similar situations or experts in the field at our Community Forums if you have any queries regarding unemployment insurance.
A nation’s economy is its backbone, having an immediate as well as a lasting impact on pretty much every single citizen. The need to want the country’s economy to grow and flourish – to want the currency to hold its position globally, to keep import and export healthy and financially viable, to strive for employment for all and to have a yearly budget that looks after the needs of all, amongst many other things, are essential to the sustainable existence of generations to come.
From affecting the savings of every family to budgets of the largest charities, workers keeping the jobs they have to the unemployed and economically backward having an easier time finding work, and even retirement savings and insurance – a strong economy can make all the difference.
What is it that makes a nation’s economy develop and grow? Understanding that isn’t about having a degree in micro-economics or being a math wizard – all you need is to comprehend how economics works into daily life and burst the myths that are commonly believed.
One of the most common flaws in understanding the economy of a state is looking at it as one static whole, which can be divided into parts of various sizes, where in the differences in size creates the economic hierarchy. This analogy functions much like cutting a cake for all the guests at dinner, but the economy doesn’t quite work that way. Firstly, the whole is a not a static constant, instead, it can be made to increase by us creating wealth, and shrink in size if there erroneous decisions made. While the size of the part each individual gets depends on the wealth they create, it is possible to assure a larger part for each citizen as compared to what they would have gotten before.
The 2008 Crisis
The importance of a growing economy is most easily proven when we look back at the crisis in 2008, marked by the fact that the consumption rate in the United States of America in 2007 and 2008 was much larger than its GDP – the Gross Domestic Product. The GDP measures a nation’s economic prowess and performance.
The subprime mortgage crisis marked the beginning of the recession in the US, caused by a sudden drop in housing prices which couldn’t be made up for due to foreclosures and mortgage wrongdoings not having value anymore. Between 2000 and 2004, loans were granted without any problem at all, and the façade of a high demand was kept up – causing the prices of houses to remain high even though they should have technically dropped. When the tables turned in 2007, prices dropped but the money had already been invested, pushing the banks into a state of economic emergency.
While the cause of this crisis has been attributed to various flaws in government and housing policies, financial institutions, regulations, consumers and credit agencies, the primary concern did arise when subprime mortgages and loans allowed for fervent investment in homes without a worry of repayment in the near future.
The recession had a gross effect on the stock market, housing prices and employment status across the entire continent – each falling by 50%, 30% and 6% (9 million workers lost their jobs) respectively. Though the stock market got back up in approximately five years, the widespread unemployment and low housing prices remained.
Keeping the economy at its best and constantly growing for years to come is essential for our lives and that of the future generations.
While there is much debate about how that can truly be achieved, here are 5 ways which illustrate steps towards economic growth.
Keeping Manufacturing Units in the Country
From cheap labor abroad to the lack of tax incentives within the US, manufacturers have relocated to other parts of the world in startling numbers. This outsourcing of production and manufacturing is a game changer when it comes to the lack of good employment opportunities for residents. What is more, the manufacturing unit takes with its facilities and profits, making the rate of investment back in the country significantly less.
That has to change – manufacturers keeping their holdings in the country and forming a bond with the government with tax reforms can generate job opportunities for millions, whilst allowing for the investment of profits in other companies and consequently increasing the economic structures further. Companies should be allowed to get back their overseas profits at moderated rates, as long as a part of a sum is invested back into the boost of workforces and increased manufacturing scope and capacity.
Free and Fair Trade
A very small percentage of American companies export, even though approximately 95% of the world’s consumer base is in countries outside of the US. Policies incorporating trade and export as a way to build financial strength can make a large difference not only to the economy of the US but to the other nations we trade with as well.
Global competitiveness, relationships with other nations through import and export, and exchange of both tangible and intangible products and skill can be a crucial player when it comes to economic forte, but the first step lies in the hands of the policy makers.
The Strength of Innovators and Entrepreneurs
For a country’s economy to flourish, it must call for new and fresh ways to build upon each of its industries and sectors – giving investors a reason to look their way and keep the demand-supply relationship with consumers alive and thriving.
For a country which has grown year after year because of its groundbreaking and state of the art ideas, industries and businesses, it is essential for new blood to be allowed to innovate, compete, take risks and develop new launch pads for the next generations. If the economy does not continue to forge new bonds with entrepreneurs, a time will come when the major wealth makers of the country will either reach stagnancy, or the monetary funds will pool up into pockets.
Crowdfunding; Bringing the Nation Together
From the time of the crisis in 2008, start-ups both big and small have had a hard time getting hold of investors and capital to get the ball rolling on their ideas.
A solution that has off-late led to a very functional way to tackle this issue is Crowdfunding, where in individuals can contribute small sums or money towards an entrepreneur or innovation they believe in, allowing it to grow with the support of numerous people. Breaking notions of distance and monetary strength as necessities to become an investor or entrepreneur, crowdfunding fundamentally democratizes the concept of investment and keeps the creation of wealth going even in times of recessions.
Bridging the Gap Between Economic Growth and the Environment
Last but definitely not the least, economic growth is often used as an argument to hold back on environmental laws and policies – constantly stating that it is either one or the other than can be strengthened at a time.
At a time like today, when the need to save and be efficient is a matter of life and death, the assumption that both economy and environmental strength cannot coexist is flawed. Economic strength itself boils down to the individuals in society, their livelihoods at present and the sustainability of the financial and social model for generations to come. When the environmental deterioration is left out of the discourse, long-term arguments fall flat.
For the economy of a country to strengthen and grow, sustainable sources of energy, environment-friendly infrastructure, innovation to cut down carbon emissions, and regard for careful and efficient waste management have to be worked into the system itself, instead of being postponed or looked at as hazardous to the economic boost.
Education is an economic issue when the unemployment rate for people who have never gone to college or dropped the education is almost double what it is for those who have gone to college as per the statistical report.
Workers face serious hurdles when it comes to obtaining a degree. Time and money are the two considerations to learn and improve their skills and eligibility. No doubt, you get new skills through education. You get employed with your skills and brings in better job opportunities.
Proper education must be provided to the younger men and women who will be playing a role in developing the nation’s economy. Every society should concentrate towards the reconstruction and overhaul of the education system according to the changing requirements and environment of the State.
Is it a Better Idea to Study while working or Searching for Job…
With the implementation of better education and training programs offered by State, private players and non-profit organiations, jobless people can now find more jobs with better earnings potential. In tough economic conditions, it may be a good idea to go back back to school to gain better knowledge.
Jobless workers who are already receiving Ohio unemployment benefits may also enroll in special education and training programs to improve their job prospects in and outside of the State.
Federal financial Assistance for unemployed for training purposes
Federal government has implemented multiple grants, loans and work-study programs in order to assist for continuing education and training. At present if you are treated as unemployed, you will be eligible for Ohio’s federal student aid, which includes the Federal Pell Grant.
Eligibility and Benefit of Federal Grant Aid
If you are treated as unemployed from the State of Ohio’s employment agency then you will be eligible for federal financial aid. Federal student loans and grants are also available to the eligible candidates. Financial aid administrators and participating institutions consider unemployed person’s current economic circumstance into account while deciding the student’s eligibility for assistance.
Every student who is about to get the benefit of federal grant aid are expected to meet few criteria that include:
- Not being in default on a federal student loan
- Having a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) equivalency, and
- Being a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Pell Grants are not available to students who have already received a bachelor’s degree.
For the annual budget of 2013 $4 trillion is proposed for the educational and career development project which favors the following priority areas:
- Community colleges work training that will lead to skill building
- College based training programs that provide certified training
- Paid internships for low income students and the ability to earn credits for work based learning.
- Incentives for training providers by ensuring them that those trainees get a permanent job.
- State and local governments offering grants to companies to locate and organize in US that lead to quick job to the students.
- Six-weeks of online training course on entrepreneurship that could reach up to 500,000 new entrepreneurs, and an intensive six-month entrepreneurship-training program resulting in entrepreneurship certification for 100,000 small business owners.
Education and Labor department have funded to equip the workers in cultivating skills in the areas of transportation, advanced manufacturing and health care. These investments have enriched community colleges with best resources to become the best career provider. Such community college ensures that the employers provide skillful work.
Educational Assistance of Voluntary Organizations
Assistance of voluntary organization will also give supporting hands on training and finding prospective employers. These organizations are equipped with the unanimous view that more employment exchanges should be opened in order to give guidance to the people who are in search of employment. They also assist in motivating self employment proposals.
In general, Unemployment Insurance is considered as the temporary or momentary income for those who are looking for new jobs or awaiting recall from the company and for workers who are unemployed because of no mistakes of theirs.
Education and Training
An excellent idea is to overcome unemployment stress by improving your skills and techniques to get better jobs. Your talent should be compensated in accordance with what your employer would expect. It is very necessary to increase the depth of your skill either through education or through training that will surely help you to land on a suitable job.
Pennsylvania Workforce Commission has featured various programs to assist and continue unemployed education, further by providing training and offering new skills.
By empowering youth with the skills and opportunities they can build their careers that create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. By utilizing State or private education and training programs, unemployed citizens will be linked to job opportunities.
Pennsylvania Unemployment Career Counseling and Financial Assistance
Pennsylvania unemployment benefits consist of career counseling, weekly benefit check, job and skill re-training services and job placement services. Further, it includes information about other resources and services and also help making a resume and training on how to interview well.
The state is also furnished with the Temporary Assistance program that can help with financial assistance, food stamps, training and job searching in the Pennsylvania. Spending on training schemes to re-skill the unemployed through investment in vocational education or guaranteed work experience for unemployed is the highlighted assistance from the State Program.
Unemployed and Training Programs
If you are unemployed, looking to start your career, or if you are planning to change your career direction then you are assisted by large number of optional education and training programs funded by Pennsylvania.
PA Unemployment Insurance Agency plays a vital role in supporting unemployed workers as well as their families through crucial time of financial crisis. Programs are featured in order to support during economic hardship by providing temporary monetary benefits for those eligible and qualified.
Vocational Training Programs
This program offers you with the opportunity to return to full time education, if you are considered unemployed. One of the main intentions behind this scheme is to offer unemployed people with education and training skill that will assist with job mobility. Another aim of this program is to equip unemployed to get paid for their employment or to further opportunities leading to paid better.
Training Courses are implemented in order to offer unemployed an opportunity to develop or upgrade their skills in the field of commercial or industrial sectors if you are unemployed.
General training course programs includes the training in the field of:
- Construction Project Management
- Land Surveying
- Textile Merchandising
- Workplace Success Professional Skills
- Entrepreneurship training
Trainee-ship offers the on job training who is already working for a company or if in case if he/she is a first time job seeker then they are trained under offline job training procedure.
Higher Education Programs
This programme provides the skill developing programs for employees who are already working in the field of construction, manufacturing or other sectors of the economy assist with higher education programs. These education and training programs are done by identifying different sectors of economy that offers solid growth potential but lack appropriately qualified candidates.
Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits
If you are an unemployed and have decided to obtain the unemployment benefit then you must file the claim where you are expected to have worked at least 16 weeks in the base period. If you have worked minimum of 18 weeks then you can afford to get 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. You can follow the thread link of Pennsylvania (PA) unemployment benefits guide.
In order to consider the qualifying wage of Pennsylvania there are different techniques involved to determine the unemployed weekly benefit amount. Pennsylvania considers into calculation of two high quarters method for computing weekly Benefits. This quarter reflects the near wage of full time work of the worker.
Further, 13 divided by with the average weekly wage. Based on the percentage of the weekly wage, weekly benefit is calculated.
For instance, a worker who earns $2600 in the high quarter has average weekly earnings of $200 a week ($2,600 divided by 13). If the state substitutes ½ of the average weekly earnings, the weekly benefit amount is $100. To make the calculations simpler, states determine the “overall” multiple of the high quarter wages to decide the weekly benefit amount.
The minimum weekly benefit amount for Pennsylvania is $35 – $43 and the range of maximum is $573 – $581.
The minimum wages required for maximum WBA for highest quarter is $14,898 and for base period is $22,840.