Due to the increased number of unemployment rates that America has faced, the United Stated rolled out new systems for applicants trying to get unemployment benefits. However, a lot of people were confused as to whether or not they even qualify for assistance. Luckily, there are some tips available that can help you navigate unemployment assistance a little better and how it relates to your situation.
List Your Situation as an Emergency
Regardless of whether or not your situation “qualifies” as an emergency, you will still want to check that box. You will then be able to explain how your situation is an emergency and if it meets the criteria of your state then you can make the process go much faster!
If you are living with a roommate but you each are completely responsible for your own expenses like groceries, then that can be a benefit for your unemployment application. You can provide a letter from your roommate stating that you two keep expenses completely separate. This will allow you to not have their income affect your application.
You may not know all of your qualifications for all of the types of assistance options available. However, you will want to act as though you are already qualified. These are free applications so the worst that can happen is that you get denied benefits. However, you may be in for a pleasant surprise if you receive assistance that you may not have thought was within your eligibility.
While this may be one of the most stressful time periods that you have had to endure, there are assistance options available to those in need. Make sure to apply for all types of assistance, even the ones that you may not think you are eligible for. You can also look into getting free certifications/training classes that can boost your resume! Take your time, and you can eventually get to a point where you feel more comfortable and secure in your situation.