Jul. 14—Mary Lou Larkin said she has had problems accessing the CareerLink website, impeding her ability to fulfill the job search requirements that were reinstated this week after having been paused because of the pandemic.
"I've had several online issues with logging in," said Larkin, of Girardville. "When I go to job search through the CareerLink portal, I get errors."
Larkin went to the CareerLink office on Tuesday and said she was able to log in with no problem through a computer there, but said it's been a stressful process.
"It's not listing my searches," Larkin said. "It gets nerve-wracking."
Larkin said she was fired in April for disability related reasons, but she has not been able to collect unemployment because her former employer has not filed her termination. She has had trouble resolving the situation, both with the employer and the state unemployment office.
"When you call the toll-free number, it's hard to get a person to talk to," Larkin said. "I've been calling daily since April, and on three occasions have I talked to an actual person."
Cynthia Bonilla, of Pottsville, went to the CareerLink office Tuesday to make sure she was fulfilling the job search requirements. She said the search process and website are easy enough to use, but finding jobs to apply for has been challenging.
"It gets harder when you start filtering for weekend jobs, income levels and qualifications," Bonilla said. "There are a lot of jobs you might not be qualified for."
Bonilla said she previously worked two jobs, one that paid $20 per hour and offered a flexible schedule, the second as a self-employed home caregiver.
"Finding something to fill those two positions is going to be hard," Bonilla said.
Bonilla said she needs to find a job that pays enough to take care of her five children, alleviate her partner's workload and pay the bills. Furthermore, she said day care would be too expensive, so she needs a schedule that will allow her to be home during the day.
"I want to go back to work," Bonilla said. "I want things to go back to normal."