New Year With Fresh Possibilities in 2018

Author : Steven De Nazareth

Updated : June 11th, 2019

Just like that two months have flown by and you should start 2018 as a year full of untold possibilities. You need to make this year exciting enough to make tough decisions that could have a positive effect on your job.

Does this make you part of the 40 percent of Americans that want to really make their resolution count? Well, you could be among the 8 percent that does keep their resolutions but unfortunately most us of us seem to find that we’re nowhere close to those plans. Well, if you haven’t been able to meet those goals in the past then 2018 is the year that you should push hard to succeed and work hard to make some important career decisions.

New Year With Fresh Possibilities in 2018

Similarly, you need to step out of your comfort zone, reskill or upskill to stay relevant and make tough decisions that determine the future of your job. What is really important is to review methods to take advantage of these possibilities and make the most of it.

Planning Your Career in 2018

These pointers should help you review if you are making the right decisions and plans to further your career in 2018 and make an impact:

  1. Recruitment


    With thousands of jobs available in the market, you need to determine the right mix and match of skills to be able to fill the opening for your dream job. Local companies have a lot of variety when it comes to choosing from when looking workers. Most companies would list job postings, have recruitment drives and job fairs and provide assistance to several companies that are looking for qualified candidates. You can either apply through recruitment firms or directly with the company. Also, you should know that there are staffing agencies that perform recruitment and selection processes for organizations. They usually do not have time, resources and expertise to manage employment processes and assist job seekers.

  2. Training

    There are several companies that spend on Workforce training through training grants to continuously train employees. There is a specific fund set up to assist with training for thousands of employees across the US. There is an option to help with reducing payroll costs, design on-the-job and maintain a valued workforce.

    You should make it a point to learn from the best and work with a mentor. Determine who makes you enjoy and helps you excel in your work. Can you learn from them? Do these people have a certain amount of positive energy? This infectious energy can help better your career if you let that energy rub off on you.

  3. New Job


    Make the choice to find a career-related resolution. Whether it is to look for a new job, promotion, or venture on your own and start your own business. What you need to do if to get your resume ready and send it out to all the recruitment websites and write a cover letter for each one and for each position that you are applying for.

    You should enroll on Linkedin and stay in touch with the business community and have your profile updated and professional. Connect with your friends, family, neighbors, and well-wishers to put yourself out there. Also, attend events, meetups, and mixers. What you should know is that nearly 70% of all jobs come through networking. Don’t forget to search on job boards, apply for positions online and respond to potential opportunities that come your way. Relevant searches on company pages, on search engines and applying through the company pages, should be able to help.

    Look through all the aspects of the job and figure out what you like the most. By doing this, you can do what you find more to your liking. You should find that the project that you are engrossed in, is energizing and not draining. At times, you may seem to like certain tasks unlike coworkers that dislike it and then by understanding this, you have a win-win situation for yourself.

  4. Define Your Work Traits

    Think of it as if you had to write a statement that covers your entire career and encompass you, what would you write professionally and personally? You should take some time to clarify what is your unique career signature and use this statement as a guiding statement to determine who you should be and what you should become. You should recognize what is in and not in your control. By doing this, you can write down things like what stresses you at work and circle things that you can control and cross out those you cannot. Find ways to make solutions to redirect your energy to these problems that you should try to change. Take strides to work on a job that is above your current position. By doing so, you can offer to take on certain roles and responsibilities of a position above you and become familiar with the role and helps you be the obvious choice for the promotion in future.

  5. Workforce Predictions

    Every year, we tend to not review workforce trends and once we do, we can look at the bigger picture. This helps you get an idea as to whether the market is hiring or not and how effectively we can use these conditions and make better choices. These are usually economic conditions and indicators that provide a positive outlook for the economy every year. In terms of the situation, this will help you determine what are the salaries offered and whether there is a tendency to increase and for employers to invest more in advertising, benefits, training and staffing needs.

    There are people that look to upskilling and retaining employees by making programs that focus on financial and wellness to prevent burnout and open more cultural awareness and diversity programs. Therefore, you need to find a new job only when the conditions are right and look at efforts to grow your team or create learning programs to assist your efforts. You should take advantage of these opportunities and make the most of it. In time, you should accomplish projects and tasks that you can pull up in your resume. Make sure that you select new projects and those that you can benefit from and what you can do to help quantify your results in terms of your work. You should add these accomplishments in your resume and update it regularly. At work, you should cultivate a habit of making friends with your coworkers that can understand you and appreciate life. You should take time to develop a friendship and build relationships with them. This way you can benefit personally and professionally when you invest time in them and get to know them.

    Look at the bigger picture and have an overall vision of what your professional life should be. There are small daily steps or tiny pictures that put together make the bigger picture and get you there. When you take a small goal and join a professional organization and find a mentor, you should be on your way to accomplishing these goals in the near future. Make sure this is part of your resolution and work towards it by putting some genuine effort behind this.

Most importantly, you should review if you are on the right path and doing what you truly love. Does what you think you should be doing come in the way of what you are currently working on? Well if none of these suggestions work for you and you need to take time to align your career, then do just that. Your personal interests, traits, natural abilities will help you assess your career better and help you determine your priorities.

May this year help you choose the best career option that best suits you and give you the job that you are working hard to be a part of. The possibilities are limitless, it’s only time and hard work that will work in your favor and help you truly succeed in everything that you put your mind to.

On this note, if you should know what to do when you quit your job voluntarily, and what to consider when you sign a job offer. Similarly, if you are looking to start your career then you need to make tough choices when you find your first job, and that you must read the job offer before signing your contract. May this year be filled with opportunities and success!

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  1. I applied for unemployment on 8-1 and was approved. I received my letter of eligibility and debit card about a week ago. I did not file my intitial bi weekly claim because I missed the deadline by 1 day (didn’t realize they would be closed on Saturday). When I logged on it said I would have to reopen a claim because mine had been closed. I filled out the online form to deactivate the claim. My question is this: will I have another waiting week? And will unemployment have to contact my employer all over again to verify my wages and go through the entire process all over again or will they just reopen the claim with a new date window to file?

  2. Lost my job in 10/2018 due to plant closure, collected vacation and severance pay. Opened a claim in 1/2019. Got an on the job training job through career link in 5/2019 worked one week and became very sick and was off for two weeks VA could not find anything wrong but gave me medication for the symptoms and an excuse to return to work, prior to returning got a call from my recruiter at career link telling me the position was filled so i did not return. Reopened my claim, a few weeks later got a letter informing me the employer had appealed and said i did not return, had a hearing and the employer did not show but i lost and got a 2500.00 over payment. Got a temp job through an agency but have only worked 4 days in two weeks. Reopened my claim and was told i need to earn 2604.00 from current employer before it can be opened, did i do something wrong? Still applying for work but am days away from losing everything, need income to pay bills. PLEASE HELP

    1. Rodney,

      Your eligibility to claim UI benefits depends on multiple factors including monetary eligibility. If you’ve been officially told about the shortage of earnings, there’s nothing much one can do. If you’re still confident of winning the appeal, please make a strong case.

      1. I live in KY but my base wages were from earnings in GA when I lived there. I’ve exhausted my benefits in KY. Am I able to now file through GA since my earnings through 10/18 came from there?

        1. Dee,

          As much as I am aware, Unemployment Insurance is a one time cycle. Please call the Unemployment Office in GA for more.

  3. The hours at work have been cut due to lack of business for every department.
    So all full-time positions are now part-time.
    How do I file for partial unemployment?
    The only options I see (in Texas) are for full unemployment.

    1. Eric,

      You should be able to claim partial UI benefits. Please consider applying online until full hours are restored.

    1. William,

      If everything goes well, it should not take more than 7-10 business days (waiting week). Please call the Claims Center for more.

  4. I was employed by a VA company for 5 years, my contract ended yesterday (07/31/19), however, I worked remotely for those 5 years and live in FL, which state do I apply to for my unemployment benefits?

    1. Oscar,

      Please check with your employer if they remitted UI taxes into the system. Contract workers are generally not eligible.

        1. Oscar,

          In that case, please go ahead and apply if your employer remitted UI taxes into the system.

    2. You apply in Virginia…however, I worked seasonally and they used a ‘quarter’ that was empty, so even though my employer paid in, I only got a 1/3 of what I should have received. Figured that out later :/ They will also question WHY you aren’t able and available to work IN Virginia. They froze my account for about a month.

  5. I worked 37 years with the same company in Texas. On July 2nd of 2018, I was let go due to workforce reduction. I signed up for benefits several months later and now have drawn my 26 weeks of benefit. Is there any program currently open in Texas or federally that will extend additional money while job seeking?

    1. Lonnie,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  6. I have been an employee of my company for 34 yrs. My position is being eliminated but I have been offered another position for less money. It is a much more physical job that I am not sure I can perform well. I am 75. If I try to fulfill the position and cannot do it, will I still be able to get benefits if I quit? They want me to try it for a couple of weeks to see if I am strong enough and if I can afford the cut in pay.

    1. Lynda,

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office to find out about eligibility before making a decision on continuation.

      1. I recently lost my job..i was late for work and they took me off the schedule..never told me i was fired..didnt ask for uniforms back. Another cook was andd has been late for work and he didnt get taken off the schedule.can i still get unemployment?

        1. Kandie,

          Please note UI benefits are only offered to claimants who lose employment due to no fault of their own. You can call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  7. Are there any training benefits or programs that will pay for an advanced degree, such as a PhD which is needed to become more employable?

    1. There are multiple training programs administered by the Labor Department in each state. For more info, please call visit the official website of the Unemployment Office.

  8. I’m about to exhaust my Unemployment benefits. I was laid off from my first job and
    found employment then I lost my job and became unemployed again. I applied for benefits and have have almost exhausted my benefits but have not found employment. Can I file for an extension?

    1. Deanna,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  9. After reading your article it’s still not clear to me about requirements surrounding moving to another state and completing/continuing to collect. I have 8 weeks eligibility left, I am moving from MA to FL. The end of your article says: “Since it’s all virtual (online), you may still consider the option of continuing your claims from the base state even if you move to a different one until completion. As a responsible claimant, it’s your duty to inform the base state about your movement to ensure there are no hassles in the near future.”

    So it sounds like even once I am in new state I am eligible to continue to collect from my base state. I can just continue to do my required weekly job search and reporting to and filing in my base state (I do it via phone call-in). No need to complicate things by doing some crazy state transfer of benefits. Benefits also done via direct bank deposit and no need to change anything. Do I even need to tell my base state I am now living in a new state? Why? Thank you.

    1. Paul,

      For the ease of understanding, each state has its specific rules and laws with regard to administering Unemployment Benefits. It might be an obligation for a claimant to inform about the movement. For clarification, please call the Unemployment Office and speak to a representative.

  10. I was recently fired from my work 25-June-2019/due to me not meeting their “standards/ expectations” i submitted my UE claim on 28-June and have not received any pay as of today, 19-July. The status is currently “adjudication in progress,” my question is, should i be worried this will be denied? I read the FAQ on the UE webpage and it said only a couple applications require the adjudication process. How long does this process usually take to get the final answer of whether I’m denied or approved? The website stated it susuallt takes ~25 days for the adjudication process, does this mean once that’s done then i still have to wait another 2-6 weeks for final processing after? THANK YOU SOO MUCH to whomever is able to provide me with some answers/ input.

    ** this is my first time ever being fired or having to file for unemployment so i really have nooooo idea what is standard or normal or whatever. I feel like an idiot with my simple questions but it would bring me so much relief having them answered, truly

    1. Talia,

      I can understand your reason for the anxiety. Adjudication is a fact-finding process where both the claimant and the employer will get an opportunity to present their case. During this process, make sure to produce supporting documents that amplify your stance. For all you know, the adjudication can be a lengthy process.

      Best Wishes!

  11. I was permanently severanced from my job due to a Co. Reorg & received my last severance pay last week. I called UE & was told that I should now do my application online since I will no longer be getting funds & still without a job & that this coming Sunday regardless of knowing if I will or will not get benefits yet that I should still file a weekly claim in case of UE back pay.
    So my question is, do I still have to report 4 jobs applied to within this week, even if I do not know if I will be approved/denied for benefits until possibly next week anyway?

    1. Lynda,

      You should continue to report the job applications as long as you’ve been asked to do so. There will be a “Waiting Period” and the first payment will take about 7-10 days after which they’ll flow much quicker. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  12. I tried to transfer from one state to another. When I left Montana I was told there would be no problem transferring. When I arrived in North Carolina I had trouble reaching the area manager by phone. When he finally called me back he said to meet him for lunch to discuss when and where I would be working. He did not show up for lunch. Then he never returned any of my calls. I went PA to visit a friend a few weeks later and tried there. I met with the hiring manager and was told there should not be a problem doing the transfer since I was still in the system. I called the store a few times and they said it was still pending. Then I was terminated without even a phone call. Am I eligible for unemployment and if so do I file in Montana or North Carolina. I still have a Montana drivers license but I am living in NC.

    1. Stacey,

      As long as you were unemployed involuntarily, you should be able to claim UI benefits. Please consider applying.

  13. I have worked for 32+ years and recently have become unable to work due to health reasons, so I have had to resign from my job. I have contacted SS and will be able to apply for disability but it will take awhile to process. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? I live in WV.

    1. Sandra,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  14. I had to quit my job at Walmart in Fairmont West Virginia and moved back to my home state ky, I’ve got a son with drug problems and 3 older sisters that are not doing so well in health cause of their age. I didn’t understand about the transfer part they had at Walmart that I could put a date when I could start back because of my car problems I thought when I left I had to go in like in s few days, I’ve applied here at Walmart in Winchester ky 40391 two times already plus dollar store, speedway, truck stop, bp, a few other places it’s been going on 7 months without a job I live with my son and its getting harder on him paying rent and utilities and food, not to mention our personal hygiene stuff I really need help I have no income coming in to help him and his wife out I get foodstamps and Medicaid I was praying I could qualify for unemployment PLEASE HELP!!!

    1. Vicky,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

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