Tomorrow on @katiecouric, we will be hosting a discussion on the economy and job loss in America. Our guests include Conor Dougherty of The Wall Street Journal and Ellen Gordon Reeves, author of “Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview.” Katie will also be talking to bloggers Scott Pierce (RecentlyLaidOff.com) and Norm Elron (JobLessandLess.com).
Like our other shows, we welcome your questions in advance for any of the guests. You can submit it on the Couric and Co. blog, Twitter or Facebook.The video is scheduled to go live Tuesday, August 10, 7 P.M. ET.
Seth Fiegerman from MainStreet.com sent an e-mail to us looking for Unemployed Americans:
Hi, I’m working on a new series for MainStreet.com, a personal finance site, about the faces of the unemployed. Every few weeks, we will feature stories and updates from unemployed Americans from all walks of life. At the moment, we are looking to reach out to anyone who is out of work and still looking. I was wondering if you might be able to pass this info along to the community at Pink Slips Are the New Black.
Thanks for your help with this,
Staff Writer, MainStreet
(212) 321-5207 | (212) 321-5016 (f) | Seth.Fiegerman@thestreet.com
So shoot him an e-mail if you want to tell your story!
Can’t they just get employers to give the unemployed jobs instead?
A staggering nine percent of college grads ages 16 to 24 are unemployed according to the Huffington Post. Check out ten of their stories here. Does a college diploma mean anything these days?
WSJ reports that New York City’s unemployment numbers declined last month to 9.6 percent. I hope I can contribute to that number dipping soon. While I’m getting by on a combination of unemployment and freelance work here and there, I’m sick of the uncertainty of it all. One week yields enough work for two people, so I’m basically working day and night for a week, while another week brings nothing. None of my gigs are steady, so I’m constantly on the hustle, looking for every way I can to make money. I really hope New York City’s unemployment numbers continue to drop this month and that I’ll be a part of that!
On the last interview I went to, the HR manager revealed to me that they received 250 applications for the two freelance positions, and that they selected 15 to interview and that two lucky candidates would be hired. That’s basically a .8 percent chance. He thought he was giving me a compliment when he told me I was one of 15 selected to interview. I thought to myself that my odds of getting into an elite Ivy League university, like Harvard, for example, are much higher. And they are, at 6.9 percent!
The going rate for competitive industries in New York is pretty low. I heard one job posting yielded 500 applications for one position! It’s ridiculous!
It must be insane for the hiring managers who have to select one lucky person out of several more than qualified candidates. I’m sure any one of the candidates would do a great job, so it really comes down to who you know, how they felt they got along with you or some other detail you can’t really control. Any suggestions on what I can do to make myself stand out more?
I saw this editorial on NYTimes.com today calling for the Senate to extend unemployment benefits. I feel like this debate happens on a monthly basis, and once again, the Senate needs to vote. I know this is a controversial issue for many of you, but without these benefits, millions of Americans would be on the verge of homelessness without any means to support themselves. If there was a way to increase job growth, I’d be all for that. If someone gave me a full-time job, I’d be more than happy to accept, but until more people find work, unemployment benefits are the only way to keep going.