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Longterm unemployed offer tips on surviving joblessness (Audio)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 25: A help wanted sign is seen posted in the window of a Middle Eastern restaurant on March 25, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES)

What do being productive, being honest with yourself and driving around the Beltway screaming all have in common?

They’re all suggestions about how to survive unemployment, offered by the jobless themselves.

As part of the “Help Wanted: Stories of Unemployment” project, The Post asked the unemployed to submit tips for surviving unemployment.

Stephen Peacock, a former special education teacher from New Jersey, said it’s important to be productive, even if you’re not being paid.

Kimberly Yaman, of North Carolina, said it’s critical to be “completely honest with yourself about your financial situation.”

And Jewel Beamon, a former project associate from Oxon Hill, MD., recommended dr iving around the Beltway screaming.

Listen to more tips and find out how to submit your own below.

To submit your own answer by voicemail, 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 job in your responses.

Update:Readers are also submitting tips via Twitter.

@washingtonpost if it’s an option, go freelance, get references, and think long-term. #HelpWantedless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyA.C. Valdez

@washingtonpost #HelpWanted exercise is key to maintaining a positive mental attitude. I try and run 3x’s a week.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Replyjash

@washingtonpost Getting a job, or making a job, help someone, stay involved, do not sit at home, remember a lot of us are cheering for you.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyRich Roth

Tweet your own advice with the hashtag #helpwanted.

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


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