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Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 08/24/2011

What’s the first thing you'll do when you get a job? Longterm unemployed share their plans (Audio)


People wait in line during a job fair, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, on Aug. 18 on the campus of Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta. (Bob Andres - AP)
When Kristine Connor finally gets a job, after months unemployed, she knows exactly what she is going to do: go to the store and buy perfume.

“I know I should pay bills,” Connor said in a recent voicemail message sent to The Post. “But I want to do something just for me for once.”

As part of the “Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment” project, Connor and other longterm unemployed submitted audio testimonials with their plans for what they are going to do when they get a job.

Help Wanted - Brenda Tate (mp3)

For Brenda Tate, a woman from Monroeville, Ala., who has been unemployed for three years, her plan has more to do with her son than herself.

Help Wanted - Angela Nelson (mp3)

Angela Nelson couldn’t pick just one first action. The California woman is going to thank God and President Barack Obama, among other plans.

Help Wanted - Robert Roos (mp3)

Robert Roos, a 59-year-old former software engineer, is eager to pay back his father for some support he received.

Help Wanted - Morristown, New Jersey (mp3)

And this Morristown, N.J. man just wants to get a full tank of gas.

Help Wanted - Kimberly Yaman / 3 (mp3)

Kimberly Yaman, a former writer from North Carolina, noted that this question was especially difficult because “it says when you get a job rather than if you get a job and I’ve tried so hard that it’s hard for me to wrap myself around that word ‘when’ anymore.”

Help Wanted - Kristine Connor (mp3)

And then there’s Connor and her perfume, of course.

To submit your own answer, call 888-279-7678 and leave us a message. We will select voicemails to feature on the “Help Wanted” project page. All entries must be your own and they must abide by our discussion policy. We ask that you identify yourself with your full name and former occupation in your response.

We’ll also collect tweets of the plans of the unemployed. Please tweet with the hashtag #helpwanted.

See past “More Voices” audio testimonials here and here.

To find out more about the “Help Wanted” project, click here. To visit the project’s homepage, click here.

By Brian M. Rosenthal  |  07:45 PM ET, 08/24/2011

 
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