If you had steady employment for many years but now find yourself unemployed, you may be thinking about the process to file for unemployment assistance. This should be your number one priority.
While the procedures may vary by state or country, the general process is likely the same no matter where you live. Make sure you look up the procedure for the state or province in which you live so you will know exactly what to do and when to do it.
Here are some suggestions:
- Apply for government unemployment as soon as you receive a layoff notice or anything that indicates your work hours are reduced or eliminated. Do not wait on this. If your spouse hasn’t done this yet, make sure you pester them to do it right now, as soon as possible, and without delay
- Save any confirmation numbers or proof that you applied. You may need this number later on. Try to print the internet page that shows your entry and save this in paper or electronic form.
- Keep applying or looking for work. Some governments require proof that someone who receives unemployment compensation to make an effort to apply for work, so make sure you keep records of your progress in this area.
- Accept offers of employment. If you are not subject to a stay-at-home order or anything like that, and you’ve been offered a job, I recommend that you accept the offer and start work. There is going to be a big scarcity of jobs in the near future so, yes, accept the offer of employment.
- If you start work, make sure you inform the office of unemployment services and compensation about your newfound position, per their rules.
- Keep up on your skills. One day the world economy will be back to normal and there will be lots of employment opportunities. Make sure you spend your time wisely and learn new skills or show that you have been active in some manner, either through volunteering or doing a side business online.
- Don’t give up. There will be many millions of people applying for unemployment aid and services, and many websites and phone numbers will get overloaded. Work hard to find the times when it is not so busy and call the number or visit the website then. Keep trying and don’t let frustration overwhelm you.
Remember that you worked for many years or even decades and you paid part of your wages or taxes to fund the unemployment compensation fund. It is right for you to expect this assistance in your time of need. You should receive that money, and the government wants you to have it so you can help spend it in your local economy.
Do your best to make applying for and receiving unemployment compensation your highest priority if you are out of work. Don’t neglect this important task as you could lose out on thousands of dollars.
We will get through this worldwide crisis if we keep sharing tips and suggestions that are helpful for one another. If something worked for you regarding applying for unemployment assistance, make sure you relay that information to your friends and family members.