I use a calendar for each of us (usually get them free from a local business). Each month usually has a picture - I take a piece of paper and cut it to size and put over the picture. I use this section to staple all check stubs and income statements. I make notes on the calendar where he is. For example, on Monday, I might write UE-unemployment and draw a line to Saturday if he is out all week, or I might write something like Lagoon job and draw a line to Saturday. I also have put a sheet of paper over the back and I write company names, address, supervisor name, and telephone numbers.
When you file, you will need to have your social security number and drivers license number handy, if you don't know it. For ID purposes they use Mother's maiden name (don't laugh, but this one made my son have to think hard - he said all he could come up with was mom, and then they wanted him to spell it). A checking account makes it much faster.
One last thing before you leave the job request a written paper on your layoff. This is your documentation!
There are usually two ways to file a claim - internet and by phone. I prefer the internet because it is so much faster and you don't have to wait through busy signals or wait on hold for hours.
By notwrong from FL
I'm 27 years old and I just got fired from my job. I can get unemployment but that only last so long. When I had unemployment before it took me forever to find a new job. I'm just worried that I won't be able to find a job. Any suggestions that would help me through this tough time would be appreciated.
April from Henderson, NV
My daughter is going through what you are dealing with right now and will be moving in with us until she can get back on her feet. Try to remain hopeful and pray, pray, pray for that open door to a job that will allow you to financially sustain yourself. Best to you! (12/04/2007)
I was a stay at home mom when my first 3 boys were little. I had a child when I was 40 after the others were grown. I didn't want him to go to public school for several reasons. I got a job at age 45 with no work history at all. I started in the infant room in a day care center for minimum wage. My next job was answering phones for a delivery service. I got a job as a page in a history library, then I worked at the school my son was attending as the extended day supervisor. I started picking brains of people who taught pre k, I subbed for them, took notes and when we moved to another state I got my own pre k class. This developed into a school district clerical job. I am now subbing for that district. I said all this to say that there are jobs out there for diligent people. You might not get top salary but there is a job for you somewhere. And the next job you get make it your business in a nice way to pick the brains of the people above you on the ladder. I hope this is of some help to you. (12/04/2007)
How about government? Local, state and federal usually have very good job security. They all need people to do everything from sweep floors on up. Many also have educational opportunities with matching funds for school (as long as you pass the classes). Government takes forever to make a hiring decision though. (12/04/2007)
Good luck and God Bless. (12/04/2007)
By TD, Louisiana
By Cathy from Townsville, QLD
Keep account of all your mileage and expenses while looking for work, you can use these on your taxes. Such as: any faxes, any paper or ink cartridges you had to have for your printer if printing possible job info from the internet, any dress clothing you might have needed for job interviews, etc.
Keep in mind, the possibility that you might have to take 1-2 jobs with lower pay than you were wanting, till a much better paying job comes about.
If an offer comes about from a friend, family member or from your church family, swallow your pride and accept it graciously, it'll come in handy. Not too many people will do this for you and not want anything in return.
You'll be surprised at how little a person can get along on, just spend on necessities and bills. Our nation has been one that spends ridiculously on frivolous items without thinking about those purchases. But when you're in a predicament and wondering how you're going to make ends meet this month, your mind will go back to those items that you could have done without when you were employed and now wishing you'd saved that money, instead.
Instead of shopping for clothing at the stores, you're accustomed to shopping at, check out the local "Savers" store or thrift stores. Some folks turn their noses up at this type of stores, but if you've never shopped at one of them, you'll be surprised at some of the brand names that you might be able to find at prices as low as $2.00 for a piece of clothing and how you can possibly walk out with 2-3 bags of clothing, if needed, for as low as $30.00 or lower, depending on how many you get. These types of stores also sell other items and sometimes you can find brand new items still with the price tags still on it. If you're shopping for a gift from one of these stores, no one has to know you didn't pay a whopping sum of hard earned cash for it from a department store.
Best of luck on your job searching!! (12/07/2007)
Also, after putting in applications, don't just wait for the company to call you. Go back to where you applied several times, once every few weeks to let them know you're ambitious, motivated and truly in need of their job. One place of business that my husband talked with said, "So many people put in an application and we never see them again. We like to know people are anxious to work for us."
The job my husband got and has now, he'd first applied for in January. This job with them didn't come along till June, just a couple of weeks before his unemployment checks were to run out.
Best of Luck! (12/07/2007)
The other thing that works is volunteering your time. I had two friends who got jobs that way. Volunteerism counts as time worked. So one woman was able to use her many years of working in the hospital gift store as work experience on her resume. The other woman applied to be a phlebotomist (sp) at at hospital. She was told there were no openings. She asked if she could volunteer to do that work. Once they saw how good she was, they made a job for her. (smile)
At this time of year there are MANY seasonal jobs in retailing for the Christmas holidays. Don't miss out on this opportunity for work. You can collect carts in the parking area of the grocery or Walmart. I can assure you there is something you can do. If you do this, it gives you a better chance to get another job that you prefer. It gives you different work experience. It shows you to be a "go getter."
That said I just have to tell you and I hope you wont take this the wrong way, but I would be wondering WHY you got fired from your last job. Are you working hard? Are you doing your very best? Do you try hard? Do you take too many personal breaks or days off work? In today's economy unemployment is very, very low. There are jobs for everyone. So I am wondering why YOU don't have work. If you need further training or schooling, you must do that for yourself to make yourself more marketable. (12/11/2007)
By Carol in PA
At first I just stayed home ,went off the wall so one thing I am telling you don't stay home. Just get dressed and go for a walk in the neighborhood. Also I volunteered and took on part/subbing jobs for about 2 years. I realized after that I would go more with my college degree, so at 27 I went back to school to get my degree. Maybe take a course in something that you like? Yes, there are all kinds of programs you can get help to pay for it. Most places will hire faster if you are working on a degree in that field.
All I can say is good luck and I know what it feels like
I hope this helped you a bit (12/13/2007)
Don't worry about money for this. Financial aid is available and the unemployment office even offers financial assistant for those who are unemployed.
Good luck! (12/14/2007)
Hobby Lobby will let you teach a class for free as long as you tell your students to use their products. I once taught jewelry making at Michaels craft store. I was able to make a hundred dollars per class to hold me over. Try having parties at your home. Lease to Tupperware, Mary Kay, and others to have the their events in your home for a small fee. (12/19/2007)
1. Join the booming field of pet care such as pet sitting, dog walking, picking up poop, etc.
2. Running errands for others is also turning into a popular career.
Good luck in your job search. (12/31/2007)