Five Important Tips When You’re In-Between Jobs

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. Is there an extension for someone who is returning to school and then trying to get established in a new career?

    • Grace,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office to determine if they can offer you benefits.

  2. Hi,

    I have a very unique situation.

    My husband worked for company x (located in NYC) from 2010 to 2016, he transferred to a new position with company x (same company – located in London) and worked there from 2016 to 2019, in 2019, he took a job with company y (in Florida).

    Company Y, let him go in Dec 2019, I am wondering if he can apply for UI in NYC as the UI in Florida is restricted to only 13 months and for $275 max per month

    Any information would help

    Katrina

  3. My husband retired from a job he had for 36 years (he is not old enough to collect SS) and now is driving a school bus in PA. Because there is no school (so no buses needed) from mid June until beginning of September, can he collect unemployment for that 2 1/2 months?

    • Barb,

      If your husband is able to and available for work, please ask him to call the Unemployment Office for eligibility.

  4. I am in a unique situation. I would like to know if even though I work for a church that does not pay into unemployment, I have only been here a year and my job previous did pay into unemployment. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits if I were laid off? This is in the state of Nevada. If so, how long do I have before that is NOT the case? In other words, I know that benefits usually go back 18 months. Would it be the same in this case?

    • Leslee,

      As much as I am aware, church employees do not qualify to receive UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  5. The unemployment office in Nevada doesn’t answer the phone. They have a recording that says they only take new claims on Monday, and Tuesday, from 8am to 4pm. But if you call at 8am, they tell you that the “Que is already full for the day.” How can that be possible if they don’t start accepting calls until 8am? No wonder unemployment in the United States is DOWN! They don’t accept phone calls after they tell you online that you “have to call to confirm your information” and then they don’t take the calls.

  6. I have called as soon as they open and they just say please call on the next business day I DID and you still didn’t answer

  7. Could you please provide a reference for the following statement in your article – please see below. Thanks.
    “You may also be qualified for unemployment benefits if:
    …You entered Commission-Approved Training and the job is not considered suitable under Section 20 relating to your availability for work, active search for work or refusal to accept suitable work”.

  8. If I exhausted all my benefits last year 2019 and my new benefit year starts back up in Jan. 2020 can I reapply? I still should have money in other quarters from my previous job.

    • Yvette,

      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. Can i receive unemployment if my car broke down and i couldnt work cause i work outta my car and i couldnt afford to get it fixed so i ended up not working there anymore cause the car situation

    • Willie,

      I can understand your situation. However, I am not sure if you can claim for voluntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      • Hello,

        I have been unemployed since this past July. My regular unemployment benefits are running out. Can I apply for Emergency Unemployment Benefits after this claim expires? What can I do?

        Thank you,D. ANDERSON

        • Debbie,

          Please reach out to the Unemployment Office to check for the availability of extended benefits.

  10. I filed my first bi-weekly claim today but it only took my first week. Are there only certain weeks I can file 2 weeks worth of unemployment?

    • How strict are they on the school program being less than 2 years for CTB training extension? I have an interview next week for a Training Extension. I started school this week, I am set to finish just a few months over the 2 year mark. Finishing in May 2022.

  11. What if it’s an employer that is threatening over it being personal home life and nothing to do with work or the work place??

    • Kelly,

      You can be eligible to claim if you resign due to hostile working conditions. Please make sure to check with the Unemployment Office before making a decision.

  12. I finally start new job on Monday. My work hours are 6;30-6:30pm.
    How can I file my last two weeks if I’m working

    Can I. Call Tuesday? What number?

      • Hello, I live in the state of Pennsylvania, for reference. I was told on 1/9/2020 I am being let go because of financial issues my employer and office is having. With that, my employer said I can work for the next two weeks to give me time to find another job and if circumstances change they will call me back to work. My question is, Where do I go to figure out my quarter dollar amount earnings for my highest 4 out of 5 quarters. I’ve been with this employer for 7 months, started June 2019. Before that I was unemployed for 5 months and before that I was employed for years up until Feb 2019.

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