Even though the economy is recovering from the recession, many Americans still face the threat of layoffs at their company. If it happens to you, take comfort in knowing that applying for unemployment benefits is not as complicated as you may think.
Eligibility for unemployment insurance varies by state, so please check with your local unemployment office on how to file a claim and the requirements for receiving benefits. In general, you should plan to have your social security number handy along with a list of your past employers, their addresses and dates of employment. We recommend applying as quickly as possible after you find yourself out of a job as the first unemployment check will take a few weeks to arrive.
To maintain your benefits, most states require you to be able to prove that you are actively looking for a job. This is where Simply Hired comes in. To help prove your active search status, sign-up for Simply Hired’s email alerts and keep track of your process through a job search spreadsheet or track your job views and saved jobs in your MyJobs account. (Be sure to check with your local state agency regarding their requirements.)
Finally, it’s tough to be unemployed but it is important to stay positive. Unemployment is temporary, and by working your networks, picking up new skills and updating your resume, you will find a great job soon.