“We have a lot of people who have been out of work for a while, who are in their 30s and they have kids, and they’re getting older, and their incomes are stagnant,” says Jennifer DeLong, a professor of labor economics at Dartmouth College.
“They’re still working at jobs that are not paying well.”
It’s true that many of these people have no choice but to rely on public assistance.
But for many of them, that means taking a job they don’t like.
“We’ve been seeing a lot more of these long-term unemployed who are being thrown into jobs that they don.t like, and then they can’t get back to a job,” says DeLong.
For these people, job search tactics like job searches and the use of job sites are the keys to success.
But it’s not just about finding a job.
DeLong also advises workers to get out of the home.
“It’s really important for the worker to take a step back and be more engaged in their community,” she says.
“Take some time out of your busy schedule and take some time to go do some volunteer work or to do some outreach.”
And she recommends that people get to know their neighbors.
“There are some places that you could actually have some contact with your neighbors,” she explains.
“For example, you can visit a place that you’re not supposed to be, and you might find that a neighborhood association has a new member that wants to help you out.
And you can help them out by asking them questions or volunteering.”
There’s also the issue of how to manage a large family.
“The most important thing is to take care of yourself and your family,” says Marni Zellner, a managing director at the consulting firm Lend Lease.
“You need to have your own budget, and a plan to pay bills.”
And it’s important to make sure that your family is healthy.
“If you’re over 65, that’s the most important time in your life,” says Zell, “because your body’s going to be at its lowest.”
So if you have a young child, she recommends going to the doctor regularly.
“Just having them with you and watching them every day can make a big difference,” she adds.
“And also, you don’t want to get sick.”
You can also try to keep up with your own career.
“A lot of the people I talk to say that they want to work, but they don, because they don)t know how much time they have,” says Zeldin.
“So you really need to know what your career path is and know that there are options for you.”
For example, she says, a doctor who has a bachelor’s degree and has a long career may be able to find a new position in a medical specialty.
She also suggests that if you want to pursue a career in retail, “try to think of how you can make that work for you in a career that’s more flexible,” says LeDing.
But as you get older, you should still be able and willing to take on more work.
“I think it’s very important for young people, especially people of color, to think about what they want their future to look like,” says Kroll.
“Because the career options that we have right now are not for everybody.”
“We’re all in this for the same reason,” says LaHood.
“To make ourselves feel better and to make ourselves financially stable.
So we all have a role to play.”