Five Important Tips When You’re In-Between Jobs

Updated : August 4th, 2020

Five Important Tips When You’re In Between Jobs

 

Are you in between jobs? If your answer is yes, it’s never easy. A day back, you were working, and today you miss going to the office. The best thing for you to do in this phase is to stay productive. You also need to take care of your health money and do many other things.

Stay calm and positive, take a deep breath, and face the situation heads on. You will bounce back faster than you imagine. Create a schedule on how you will go about your day, save money, and file for unemployment benefits. Visit a career counselor or an outplacement service that your ex-employer may offer you. We’ve created a list just for what you should be doing when your in-between jobs.



Watch your Budget

Work on your bank balance; make a list of items that you only need. Stick to a tight budget, the lower your bank balance gets, the more stressed you will get. The best and easiest way to save is only to buy items that you need, and don’t worry sooner or later you will come out of this situation. 

Look for a Side Job while You’re at it 

Looking for part-time employment is not a bad idea when you’re in between jobs. Part-time work will help you pay the bills and keep you busy. 

Create a Daily Schedule 

Looking for a job is emotionally stressful. It’s easy to get distracted and waver, but try not to let this happen. Wake up early, go for a walk, and start applying. Take adequate breaks in between and stay hydrated. Sooner or later, you will come out of it.

Start Networking

Get in touch with your college buddies or ex-employees. Networking is the best way to land yourself that dream job. Don’t be embarrassed about telling your friends or ex-colleagues about your current situation. Friends can help you in hard times.

Don’t Apply to Every Job Out There

Be clear on what role you are looking for, and make sure you keep yourself up-to-date with your sector. You need to know what you want and which company you would like to work for. 

The times in between jobs can be trying and could come across as a difficult period. The only way out of this is to be on the look-out for jobs constantly and to keep improving yourself so that you can be better prepared.  

Fileunemployment.org helps job seekers understand the process of filing for Unemployment in the United States. You also have access to a host of calculators such as the state-specific eligibility calculator and the benefits calculator. Please take note we are not a government organization, and we are not associated with any government organization.

 



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  1. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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