Plan B – What will you do when the unemployment checks stop coming?
In the past year congress extended unemployment benefits twice. Now we can all live meagerly, for as many as fifty-nine weeks while we look for a new job. I consider 59 weeks of unemployment to be pretty generous, actually. Under most conditions anyone should be able to find a new job in a year, right? But with layoffs increasing by hundreds and hundreds of thousands each month, it’s not a surprise that many people are having a tough time finding their next paycheck before their benefits dry up. And since the U.S. has lost 5.1 million jobs since the recession officially began in December of 2007, many people have remained unemployed far beyond their 59 weeks of unemployment checks. In fact some estimate that 700,000 people will have exhausted their benefits by the second half of this year.
So here we are – the broke, the downtrodden, the wretched. Scratching and clawing at job boards, networking like rabid dogs and ‘trying to squeeze a dime out of a nickel when we haven’t got a cent.’ At the end of each long week, dozens more resumes have been sent out without as much as a phone interview while you’re one more week closer to the end of your unemployment. So what’s your next move? What’s plan B?
That’s the question I’d like to put to our readers. What do you think you will do when you reach the end of your lifeline? How will you get by then? Will you move back in with Mom and Dad? How creative or industurios can you be when you run out of other options? Will you go back to the land, or take the most basic of jobs? What would you do? What will you do?
We at the Unemploymentality would love to hear your answers or anything else you’d like to add to this conversation. Share in the comments section or email us pictures, videos and/or stories that tell us something about your plan B. Don’t be shy – we’ll still respect you in the morning.
And remember – just because you’ve got a job, doesn’t mean you can’t have an unemploymentality – so don’t be afraid to join the conversation if you earn a paycheck.