If you suddenly find out that you have lost your job, you may not know how to react or where to turn to plan for the immediate future without your usual source of income.
Avoid burning bridges – When you leave your former job, avoid saying anything that may result in a less than favorable recommendation. Be polite in all exit interviews as you do not know if another position may open up at that company. If you believe that your employer may have violated your rights, you should discuss your concerns with an attorney and not try to take action against your employer on your own.
Address your finances – It is always important to determine how you are going to cover your bills and expenses until you find another job. For example, you should contact your creditors, if necessary, to find out if they have any options for you to skip a month or two of payments while you search for a job. Additionally, you should not delay in applying for unemployment benefits as soon as possible. In the event that your unemployment application is denied, you want to have plenty to time to appeal the decision. Finally, find out if you are eligible for extended health insurance coverage through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.1
Use any resources possible to find a new position – Even if approved, unemployment benefits only last for a certain period of time depending on the particular state in which you live. Therefore, you should take advantage of any family, friends, networking, or outplacement resources available to help you on your search for new suitable employment. If you want training or education in the meantime, make sure to discuss how that may affect your unemployment benefits with an attorney.
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At the Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp, we understand that losing your job can be devastating and concerning for you and your family. There are many different ways that an experienced unemployment lawyer can help you in this situation, so you should never hesitate to call 636-947-3600 to discuss how we can help you today.