Got Laid Off? Useful Resources to Survive a Job Loss

Laid off affects your finance, future and career. It is a distressing experience to deal with. Seeking a new job and getting back into labor force becomes extremely puzzling and annoying. Whether you have just graduated, been without a job or desire to make a change, the job hunt has gotten a slight harder these days. Jobs are just not easy to get hold of as they used to be. That’s why it’s vital to use few of the effective ways to get back in gear and stay floating in economic tempest.

At some point of life, everybody has to deal with losing a job. The below mentioned are essential resources for those who need assistance with dealing with unemployment, as well as getting ready for the search for the next employer.

1. Find Community Resources for Unemployment

Where to Learn New Skills and Help Others

First steps that should be taken when you have been without a job include informing family and partner, outlining a simple plan for getting back on your feet and seeking resources that can aid you with all of the above.

Here is a solid first step in order to regain your confidence and control: place all your community resources –those right in your backyard, a lot of which you pay for with your tax dollars-that can give you a benefit or provide support when you are laid off.

2. Community Colleges and Technical Colleges

You can position community and technical/vocational colleges in your local phone book or online. When you have become jobless you might think going back to school for additional career in your job specialty or branching out into an associated field of study or pursuing a completely new profession.

  • IT technicians and professionals certification courses and “boot camps”
  • Health-care related certificates, such as certified nurse assistant, surgical tech, phlebotomy specialist, health-care informatics, medical coding and more, may influence a well paying job in the health-care field. These career fields are quite secluded from economic turmoil.

3. Local Unemployment Support Groups

In recent days, support groups for laid off or under-employed people have become popular all over the country. Try searching for one close to you. These groups not only give emotional support, but you will hit upon opportunities to set up connections with prolific adults, share ideas on job searching, resume building and just have an opportunity to mingle with people in your area who share common objectives.

4. Community Education Classes

Community education classes may motivate you to visualize basket-weaving or knitting. That was “then”. But today’s community education programs provide an amazing array of very low-cost classes ranging from $10-$100 that can educate you marketable abilities.

Some of them include:

  • How to sell real estate and study for your real estate license
  • How to write grants, business proposals, business reports, and business letters
  • New computer skills and various software applications
  • Money management and mastery of basic investment strategies
  • How to draft a professional resume and cover letter that gets you an interview
  • Digital photography
  • Welding
  • Web and graphic design skills

5. Volunteer Organizations

Volunteering with local organization when you are in an unemployment holding pattern will let you to use your career experience and skills to help others, as well as to set-up, meet people and even learn new skills. It will get you out of the house and aid you systematize your life along more routine lines. Your will feel more productive and worthwhile, guaranteed.

Unemployment can be terrifying and distressing experience. But with the help of these resources, you can find guidelines on survival from those who have been who have been there to get yourself across it with a least amount of fuss and time.

  1. Are you able to receive unemployment in the state of Ga if you receive lump sum severance (which was the same pay as a 2 week regular paycheck)

    1. Sid,

      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.

    1. Jose,

      We’re not a scam or a fraud website:) has been around for more than 10 years and we’re one of the leading forums for unemployment insurance and unemployment in general. Our daily visitor and patron base is of considerable size and we truly believe in being a center for jobless workers to access resources and share their queries.

      1. I’m confused the article is about extending unemployment benefits in Texas but there hasn’t been any approved Emergency extensions since 2013. Can you clarify this.

        1. Glo,

          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.

  2. I’m attemptiing to file my first weekly claim since my layoff, however, my PIN# is not correct. what do I do to get my correct PIN# , please?

  3. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in Texas but my calendar year does not end until September. Do I have to wait until the calendar year is over in Texas, to apply for unemployment benefits in New York in which I have available quarters?

    1. Mattie,

      As much as I am aware, UI benefits are only a one-time cycle. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  4. Help ran out of unemployment benefits for the pass 8 years i have worked at Hexion speciality chemical plant in Brady Texas how can i get my benefits extended

    1. Roderick,

      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.

    1. Annette,

      You can visit the official website of the Unemployment Office and ‘login’ to check the claim status. Alternatively, you can also call the Claims Center.

      PS: It should not take 6 weeks to process the initial claim. Please chase at regular intervals.

    1. Jocelyn,

      Unemployment is offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you can apply.

  5. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

    1. Lea,

      Why don’t you look at alternate based period? Please use the link below to access the Base Period calculator.

  6. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  7. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  8. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

      1. How long does it take Washington state unemployment to deposit your back pay after they receive the determination letter from OAH stating I won my appeal?

  9. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  10. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  11. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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