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Is High Salary Expectation A Reason For Unemployment?

Updated : August 4th, 2020

We’ve come across many stories of people who once earned six-figure salaries but were then abruptly laid off. Such people often find it difficult to get another job with matching salary. Because of this, some of them opt to make themselves more marketable and pursue higher studies. The end result is that they add student loans to the burden of unemployment and may still fail to find a job that matches their salary expectations.

This brings us to the question. In today’s times where the economy is a little unstable, is it sensible to expect a salary that you once earned, especially after a break in your career?

Reason For Unemployment

Why Can’t Unemployed People Get An Offer With A Salary That Matches Their Previous Pay?

The reason for this, according to many staffing firms, is this – companies prefer to hire people who never got laid off in the first place. Such people come across as survivors and top contenders during interviews. For companies, it is difficult to make out which laid off employees are good enough. Hence, when they have an opening, if the decision comes down to choosing between a candidate who is currently employed vs. someone who was laid off, the employed candidate is given the job.

Also, if for some reason the candidate who faced a layoff is picked, they would be offered a salary that is lesser than what would be offered to a candidate with a job.

This may sound unfair to many but that is the harsh reality.

What Can Unemployed People Do To Get Better Offers?

Increasing your value and skill set is a very effective way. It can also make you look like someone who is not one to waste time. During the period in which you are unemployed, you could attend short term courses to enhance your skill set or add new skills. Going to college may seem like a bright idea but if you take student loans, it could put you in a financial crisis later.

Alternately, you can think about starting something of your own. The Internet is an open marketplace and starting something of your own is not as difficult as it was ten years ago. Small scale business owners are often credited for being the backbone of the economy and you may, in fact, be able to provide employment to a handful of people!

Above all, don’t be dejected. Stay positive, it goes a long way. Job hunting may seem tiring but keep at it constantly. Expand your social circle, interact with the right people and maybe even talk to people in the know about how to increase your market value.

How To Get By Financially?

This is the saddest consequence of being unemployed. Money will be short. Thankfully, the State and Federal Govt. jointly runs several social welfare programs for the unemployed. Applying for Unemployment Insurance or the Dole is a wise move. They are small payments designed to cover your basic necessities. It is any day a better option that having no income.

We recommend that you make use of our eligibility calculator and our benefit amount estimator to get a rough idea of whether you will qualify for UI and what amount you may receive. UI payments are given out weekly and will cease to come in the moment you stop filing for them.

In case, you apply and the State tells you that you do not qualify, you make be able to appeal the State’s decision to reject your claims. Come what may, do not think this is the end. This is a rough patch and this too shall pass.

You could also accept a lower paying job because as hurtful as it seems to your pride, it comes with the following benefits –

  • Health insurance. Something you just cannot ignore.
  • Steady income. However small, will help you immensely.
  • Better chance at a job. As discussed in the previous paragraph, being employed improves your chances of being hired at another job.

Applying For Jobs

As soon as you are laid off, you should begin your job hunt. As it is also one of the eligibility criteria for UI, you may want to keep a record of which jobs and positions you apply to each week. You may want to widen your search and include jobs that are not focused on your skills alone.

Sign up with job search websites and update your resume to suit the needs of the job you are applying too. Use social media effectively to market yourself and remember, direct contact often helps secure a job at a much faster pace.

Never Hesitate To Reach Out To Us

Facing unemployment is harsh indeed which is why you will need all the support you can get. We strongly urge you to connect with folks on the same boat through our discussion forum on Unemployment topics where you will be free to ask any question related to job hunting and UI.

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  1. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
    Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
    I feel for u all on ID.ME…

    Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

    We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
    But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

    Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
    Good luck to all of u.
    And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
    Davulia S.

  2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

  3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

    1. Nafisa,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

    2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

  4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

    1. Luis,

      Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

  5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

    1. Stephanie,

      Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

    1. Leatha,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

  6. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  7. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  8. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

      1. HI Jeff,
        I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

        1. Adam,

          You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

  9. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  10. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

        1. Gary,

          You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  11. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

  12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  13. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  14. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

    1. Maria,
      I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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