Unemployment rules stinks.

@Chevee (5915)
United States
April 30, 2009 11:02am CST
I am putting this under employee, but really it is unemployment. I am currently drawing my unemployment insurance. I have bee doing this since February of this year. I had to go to the unemployment office today for a review. Meaning I had to prove that I am looking for a job. Well I had fill out the paper that they had given me. I thought I had done it right, I did what I thought I was instructed to do. I was told to have at least 3 places on this sheet that I had applied for a job. I did that. Well it was wrong, but it was accepted because they said I was doing what I was told, even though I was given the wrong instructions. Now the right way and the way I have to do this is, I have to have at least two places a week that I applied for a job on this sheet, if I give out of space then I am suppose to write them on an extra sheet of note book paper. My point is this is a small town, city. Where in the heck am I going to find two places to apply a week for the next 2 to 2 months to put on this sheet? Thing like this makes people tell lies. Are you drawing unemployment? What are your rules you have to follow?
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Apr 09
It's the government, Chevee. Anything to do with the government is created in order to confuse us. I'm convinced of it! It's the same where I am, or at least where I used to be. The last time I filed for unemployment was WAAAAAAY back in the early 70's. It was required to list two places we've applied to each week. Luckily, I lived in Baltimore City... plenty of places to apply for a job. It sounds like you'll have to "apply" for jobs with self-employed people, just so you don't run out of places... even if they have nothing whatever to do with any of your education or work history. I wonder if you could apply at places you've applied to before and if they would accept that. Some places only keep applications for a month before throwing them in the trash. It might be worth asking about.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Apr 09
You live in Baltimore, I thought you lived in Virginia, I am looking at your profile page. I am sure I can go and apply at the same place twice.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
1 May 09
I live in Virginia now. I moved from Baltimore. I was born and raised in Baltimore. It was a really nice place when I was young, but got worse and worse as I got older. I was very glad to leave it and it's pollution, trash and crime behind.
@kassdaw (593)
• United States
30 Apr 09
I'm not drawing unemployment but due to seperation, having a toddler, and no work to be found I am on state assistance. FYI, I hate it but there really isn't any other choice for me. I am require to go into the office everyday and check in. Checking in includes turning in a sheet of paper that has all the places I applied for the day before. By state requirements I am to look for employment for 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I live in a small city and there aren't many places that are hiring. I have decided to say screw the state financial assistance and do freelance writing 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I am no longer eligible for assistance as of May because I am making way more then I could with the help or working a minimum wage job 40 hours a week. Yay for freelance!
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Apr 09
MyLot is a wonderful place, I have often said you can find just about anything here even when you think you got it bad it is always something worse out there. I thought applying for 2 jobs a week was bad but applying for 8 hours a day 5 days a week is even worse. I am happy to read that you made something else work for you. I wish I could do freelancing. Good luck, God Bess you and thanks for your response.
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@Trensue (5262)
• United States
30 Apr 09
kassdaw - Good for you. What sites are you writing on? I would happy to read some of your stuff and give you some page views. It sounds like you are interested in making something and I admire that. So if page views count please let me do what I can from this end.
@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
30 Apr 09
I am not drawing unemployment. I am not sure if you are meant to look on-line for a job or to go to the next city or hit the same places over and over again.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Apr 09
I have to hit the same places twice.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
30 Apr 09
Hey chevee~ When I was on unemployment we had to have alot more than 2 per week and had to prove it because they are very strict in NYS and in the city that I live in! We had to have at least 10 per week! Can you imagine that? In a time that was not much better than now when the economy was also very bad we still had to have at least 10 places that we either called or went to or got interviews with! It was so stressful! And they did do random checks and if we were caught lying we would lose our benefits! Lucky for you that you don't live here where I live!
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Apr 09
You are right this place is so small if I had to do ten a week then I would be finished for the whole year.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 May 09
TEN per week?? Holy.... when I had to do it was 3 and it was okay to have the same three for a second week - because you have to wait to hear if you even get an interview. I did actually do that and then I got THREATENED by the company who had laid me off because I guess one of the places called them and they said I was only laid off and they were going to recall me so I wasn't supposed to be 'going behind their back looking for a job' wtf? LOL! I was only on unemployment for 3 months.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
1 May 09
In Illinois, atm its: 5 per week You must be looking at least three days out of the 7 day time frame Provide company name, address, name of the person you dealt with, what you did, and the outcome I live in a small town too, there's maybe only 20 businesses here that hire beyond friends and family... so you go around to the neighboring towns. Make copies of the sheets before you turn them in because if you keep applying to the same places, especially in a short time frame, they'll axe your benefits.
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
30 Apr 09
first of all i am not drawing unemployment, never did but one time in my life & that's been over 20 years ago. what gripes me about them giving u a hard time is all these people that are drawing it & ever free thing they can get when they are young & perfectly able to be out woeking. use your phone & call places & ask them if they are hiring. it will save u money on gas running from place to place for them to tell u they have no jobs for u. good luck, chevee.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Apr 09
Thanks good idea.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
1 May 09
hey chevee. u ask to hear about myy friend. she has had a stroke plus a heart attack. i talked to her grandson a little while ago. she is talking & seems to know everything, thank god. all we can do is pray for her recovery. thanks for being interested.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
30 Apr 09
Well obviously the first time you put the two places you applied for on the sheet. The following week you write down that you are still awaiting an interview from those places OR that you are waiting for results from the interview. If you go apply somewhere else, write that down too. I think they will understand if you are waiting for an interview - which can take up to a few weeks, or waiting to get results, which again can take up to a few weeks. The base rule is just there because they want people on unemployment to prove they are 'looking' for a job. The only time I drew unemployment was when I was laid off from a job, and that company intended to hire me back, which they did, it was just in a different area. Since I was laid off with intent from the company to rehire, I was not supposed to go apply for other work, and I had paperwork from the employer stating such. All I had to put was 'laid off, future rehire' or something like that with a copy of the letter from the company asking me not to go look for another job....
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Apr 09
Great advice thanks.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
4 May 09
When I was working and got laid off, I had to follow the same exact rules too and I lived in a big town but it was so hard to find a job to apply for so I could put it on the list of jobs that I did apply for. Some people lie because it is so hard but goodness, I wouldn't do that because what if the unemployment agency could call those places and check up on you to see if you really did apply and if you didn't, they could get you for fraud.
• United States
1 May 09
Apply for jobs in other towns and list those. You may want to try online to find a head hunter, or service that will have jobs in your field listed. Then you can list those jobs as being applied for. Good luck on the job hunting. Namaste-Anora
30 Apr 09
Hi Chevee, I think that is so disgusting as they know it impossible to get a job in this time of reccession and if there is any jobs, it goes to the younger people, I'm sorry you are a bad time of it there. I can't work as I am registed disable. Tamara