Texas is joining the growing list of states that are cutting off the $300 federal weekly unemployment benefit supplement.
On May 17, Gov. Greg Abbott said the extra $300 per week payments would end on June 26. He made the announcement just days after a group of Texas business leaders urged him to do so, citing a shortage of workers.
What does this mean for you?
If you’ve been collecting unemployment after losing your job during the pandemic, you’ll no longer be getting the extra pay after the last full week of June. That much is obvious. But more importantly, nearly 1 million other Texans will be in the same boat.
That means hundreds of thousands of people could all be looking for a job at the same time, starting around July 1.
Will you be one of them?
Beat the Rush – 4 Ways to Start Your Job Search Now
Even if the pandemic and / or a problematic background kept you out of the workforce for more than a year, there’s never been a better time to look for a job than right now.
Texas employers are eager to hire you – but you’ll need to do some prep work first. Here are a five ideas to help you get started
1. Cast a Wide Net
Is all of your job experience in just one area, like retail sales or warehouse labor? Consider applying for a wider range of job openings. Focus on what’s important to you in a job besides pay: hours, location, environment, and so on. Even if you’ve never worked in a specific field before, many employers offer on-the-job training to help you develop new skills.
2. Get Some Help With Your Resume
Even if you’ve never written a resume before, there are many free options available to help you get started. We found a number of free online services, such as Resume Help, Resume Genius, and Indeed. Many libraries in Texas also offer free job search help, including the Dallas Public Library.
On that note, your local library is a great all-around place to work on your job search, with most locations offering free Wi-Fi and use of computers. Be sure to call before your first visit to ask about hours of operation and any pandemic policies that may still be in place.
3. Boost Your Professional Network
Before you get any kind of job, you’ll need references. Those are people you know (excluding family members) who can vouch for you and tell prospective employers why you’ll be a great fit and work hard. References can include former employers, spiritual leaders (priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, etc.), or even a favorite high school teacher or coach. Ask your resources for permission to use them as references, and prepare a list with their names and contact information that you can share with employers.
Keep growing your reference list and learning about new job opportunities by meeting leaders in your community. An easy way to do this is by volunteering. Not only will you be doing good in the community, you’ll meet others who can connect you to employers. Again, check with your local library, community center, or house of worship to find volunteer opportunities.
4. Talk to a Staffing Agency
Did you know there are recruiters who will do everything they can to help you land a job – and they’ll do it for free?
Cornbread Hustle is a staffing agency for second chances. We help people with criminal backgrounds, and those in recovery from drug and alcohol use, find meaningful employment.
If you or someone you know is looking for a job in North Texas, we are here to help.
When you apply for one of our jobs online, one of our caring recruiters will get in touch with you and help place you in a job that can pay even more than you were getting from unemployment, stimulus checks, bumming off of friends, or that tax return. Plus, many of our positions are temp-to-hire. That means after a certain amount of time on the job, you’ll be offered a permanent, full-time position with benefits!
Having a job not only lets you pay the bills, it changes your life for the better. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills, and grow as a person.
We can help you get started, today. We are filling hundreds of jobs in the Dallas / Fort Worth and Sherman areas, and we have one for you. Don’t wait and get left behind when unemployment benefits expire – apply now!
Dallas Morning News