It began with Hyundai - offering to take cars back in the event that one purchases a vehicle and is laid off, they will take the car back after the layoff, giving a grace period in the event that suitable employment is found. I recently saw a local car dealer offering the same benefit. Men's Warehouse is offering free suits to people needing them for interviews. I confess, there was a time I seriously considered returning to retail in order to work at Men's Warehouse and check out men - I mean - be of assistance to men with their clothing needs all day - how fun would that be? I digress.
As I was walking to the gym earlier this week, I passed a local dry cleaner store - they were offering to dry clean clothing for free for interviews for unemployed folks. If a small locally-owned business can do this on their level, think what would happen if more national chains were to offer freebies or reduced items for job seekers - how about a free cup of coffee or a bagel on the way to an interview, or inbetween meetings? A person could bring their debit card/unemployment card to Starbucks - for example - and get a break on a newspaper and a coffee - we could truly change the world for the unemployed.
Meanwhile, on Facebook, my amazingly talented and service-minded Town Supervisor, Paul Feiner is listing jobs every day and has created a job networking group to assist citizens in finding jobs. Here is a link to his website: http://pfeiner.blogspot.com/
Here is some valuable information for Westchester folks who seek employment in the event you don't have time to review the blog in it's entirety: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8….10 AM TO 2 PM…JOB NETWORKING EVENT AT GREENBURGH TOWN HALLON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM VOLT WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS WILL SPONSOR A NETWORKING EVENT. Representatives of VOLT will review resumes, provide residents with interview tips that could help you get your next job. They will discuss the latest job trends and will advise of openings that their company is aware of. This event is being held at Greenburgh Town Hall. Please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We are all working together to help each other stay sane and get back on our feet financially.
I am encouraged that the Administration at the national level, and local elected officials are very aware of the needs of their constituents.
We are going to survive, because this is a great nation - we have fought wars, lived through depressions and recessions. We are slowly coming back to life.