Recently I've heard a lot of everyday Americans ponder the question: What can I do to help the unemployed. There's a good chance that if you're reading this post you are either unemployed or know someone who is. If you ARE employed and have friends or family members who are unemployed, you likely feel powerless and frustrated seeing your loved ones go through such difficult times.
So, what can you do to help? I have a few suggestions that do not take a whole lot of effort on your part, but could make a huge impact.
If you live in Chicago, I'd like you to check out the Chicago Career Tech website. I learned about this organization a few months ago via a WGN news segment. Being unemployed myself, I contacted them and went through the process. I'm happy to announce that I've been accepted into their program to earn a certificate in Social Media Marketing!
The organization offers certification courses (at many city colleges and other accredited institutions) and the chance to work hands-on with a company in the target field to prepare to re-enter the job market with improved, updated skills. What an opportunity!
So what can you do? Well, while you may not be a decision-maker at your organization, you CAN pass this site along to your manager or HR department and encourage them to become a partner with CCT. It's an amazing and positive PR opportunity for your company to be one of the few being a part of the solution to our terrible unemployment situation in our country!