How to Handle Being Unemployed

Man finding jobs
••• Geri Lavrov / Getty Images

What should you do when you become unemployed or receive warning that you might be unemployed? What's the best way to survive unemployment? First of all, start now and build a career network, so you have support in place for when and if you need it. Be prepared to job search, as well, even if you don't have to right now.

If or when you get a layoff notice, it's important to check with your company on the employee benefits you may be entitled to when you leave - including continuing health insurance coverage.

Next, it's important to file forĀ unemployment insurance, and to make sure you have all the basics covered, so you can start a job search.

Tips for Handling Unemployment

Be Prepared for a Job Search

Sometimes, it happens by choice. Sometimes, you don't have an option. In either case, it's important to be prepared to change jobs - because you never know when unemployment might happen to you. Here's how to prepare for a job search before you need to.

Build a Career Network

Even if you're not looking for a job right now or don't expect to be unemployment, career networking should be a part of your daily, or at least weekly, routine. You never know when you might find yourself in need of a new job - and sometimes unemployment is a big surprise.

Prepare for Unemployment

When a company is struggling financially its employees could face a layoff. Preparing for a layoff may shorten the period of time you will be unemployed. Here are steps you can take to help keep a layoff from hitting you too hard from Dawn Rosenberg McKay.

Filing for Unemployment

If you have been laid-off from your job you may be able to file for unemployment online without visiting an unemployment office. You should file a claim as soon as you receive layoff notification. Here's information on eligibility requirements, disqualifications, where to file, how to file, benefits, rates, and answers to questions on unemployment compensation.

Employee Benefits After You Lose Your Job

Find out about the employment-related benefits that you may be eligible for when you resign, get fired, or get laid-off from your job. Here's information on unemployment, severance packages, giving notice, health insurance, retirement plans, workers compensation, disability, references, and more resources for people who have lost their job.

How to Handle a Layoff

Have you lost your job? If so, you're not alone. Companies are continuing to cut back jobs, to downsize, and to restructure operations. Here's how to handle a layoff, including filing for unemployment, what happens with your benefits, and how to start a job search.

Employee Rights After a Layoff

When the economy slows, companies run into difficulties, businesses scale back their workforce, and layoffs increase. In fact, if you look at what has happened with major corporations, it's often not predictable. It's important to know what your rights as an employee are when you lose your job.

What to Expect in a Severance Package

Severance package information including what's included in a severance package, typical severance packages, and who may be entitled to severance package after a lay-off.

Layoff Checklist

When you have lost your job, it's important to check on compensation due, benefits, references, and unemployment. Review this checklist to make sure that everything is covered, then focus on your job search.

Leaving Your Job

How to handle leaving your job including how to handle a termination or layoff, how to resign, retirement, how to say goodbye to co-workers, along with sample letters and job loss advice.

Ten Steps to Find a New Job

Ten steps to find a new job, including where to look for jobs, the top job sites, how to use your connections, how to ace the interview, and how to follow up.