Unemployment Claims Guide & Useful Resources: Find a Job, How to Get out of Debt & More

Now that you have your Unemployment Claims Guide, which you can download below, we have consolidated a wealth of information for you to see what programs and resources are available to you. We have included information on finding a job, opportunities to work from home, as well as giving you information on affordable health insurance and resources to help get you out of debt.

While an unemployment debit card is a good solution if you unexpectedly find yourself without a job, it is only temporary. An unemployment debit card is a way to receive unemployment benefits electronically. Depending on the state, you may also set up direct deposit to obtain your benefits. However, there is usually a maximum number of weeks in which you may receive assistance and you are required to actively seek a job in the meantime. Our guidelines may help you find a job that best suits your skills and needs. In addition, we provide key insights on affordable health insurance and tips for getting out of debt so that you can be better prepared to solve your money-related issues.

Find a Job

The best place to find a job nowadays is online, as there is a wide variety of job posting websites to choose from. These sites are designed to make it easy to find available jobs in your fields of interest or in your area. You may search for jobs by entering a general profession in the search bar or by entering your zip code. In addition, you may be able to find potential opportunities by connecting with employers and employees on networking sites. Job posting websites that offer some or all of these features include Indeed, LinkedIn, Career One Stop and USA GOV.

Free Job Postings Online

Applicants may also find a career training program by searching for opportunities online. A training class may give your resumé a boost and help you learn essential skills for your desired profession. While most programs require about a year of training, there are also 6 month career training programs, which usually provide quick certification for jobs in healthcare. These jobs include medical coding, billing, transcription and editing. Depending on the program, you may complete the course online or in person at a weekly class.

The main categories for training programs include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental health and safety, such as construction training and general industry training.
  • Real estate, appraisal and mortgage, including real estate license exam preparation.
  • Food and beverage, such as server training and food handler training.
  • Insurance education, including preparation for license exams.

Ultimately a career training program may expand your options and lead to more opportunities. Once you complete a program, be sure to update your resumé with the new information. Some job posting sites allow you to make this change to your profile without uploading a new resumé as a way of simplifying the application process. While it is most likely free to apply for any position on a job posting site, some sites charge a fee for their services.

How to Get Out of Debt

Paying off debt is ultimately the only way to get out of it. To become debt-free, there are several steps you can take. First, it is important to keep track of the total amount you owe. Without having a total number in mind, you may not be able to create a plan for paying off your debt quickly. If you do know the total, you may begin developing a payment strategy that goes beyond the lender’s minimum requirements. Some online services have debt calculators which determine the length of time it will take to pay off your debt, depending on your interest rate and the size of your monthly payments.

It is important to recognize how debt affects your credit score if you want to decrease it. This is because the more debt you have, the harder it will be to receive help in the form of a debt consolidation loan or a balance-transfer debit card. Without good credit, you may not qualify for either of these solutions. If you do, you may be saddled with high interest rates. High interest rates make it even harder to meet minimum payments each month. However, you may improve your credit and qualify for a consolidation loan or card by paying more than the minimum each month.

If you need help paying tax debt, there are several plans of action available to you. For instance, you may make an offer in compromise to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that allows you to settle your tax debt instead of paying it in full. The IRS may consider your offer if you have a legitimate reason for being unable to pay your tax liability. You may qualify for a compromise depending on your ability to pay, your income, expenses and asset equity. Make sure that your filings and payment requirements are current before you apply. If you are in the middle of an open bankruptcy proceeding, you are not eligible.

Affordable Health Insurance

Health insurance for unemployed individuals may be hard to come by because insurance plans are often too expensive to afford. However, unemployed workers may qualify for Medicaid or an affordable plan through the health insurance marketplace. With a marketplace insurance plan, an applicant may be eligible for tax credits on his or her premium and savings on deductibles, copayments and other out-of-pocket costs. In fact, some marketplace customers with very low incomes may qualify for very small premiums. For those who are unemployed with children, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is another option. To determine eligibility for one of these low-cost coverages, an applicant’s household size and income are taken into consideration.

It is difficult to find cheap health insurance without having significant downsides to your plan. For instance, a low premium might mean that you have a very high deductible. If you do not need expensive prescription medicine or medical procedures, this type of plan may make sense. However, you must save money on the chance that you get sick or injured and need emergency medical care. Without a savings plan, you may not have enough money to pay off the resulting medical bills before you reach your deductible. It is also important to consider what you need on your insurance plan as opposed to what you can afford.

Comparing health insurance quotes is the best way to find the most affordable plan. Without a comparison, you may not know if a better rate exists at another company. To obtain quotes, get in contact with different providers by filling out a questionnaire online, calling the company’s help line or meeting with an agent in person. You must then submit personal information, such as your name, address, phone number, email address and the number of family members that would be on your plan. It is free to receive a quote and you are not required to pay for this information.

Work from Home

You may consider applying for work from home jobs if a remote position would fit your needs. If you have a disability, for instance, a remote job allows you to make a living without needing to travel a great deal. Alternatively, a remote position may appeal to you if you care for young children or an elderly parent at home. It is relatively easy to find work-from-home jobs online on job posting websites.

Medical billing and coding work from home positions typically pay more than other remote jobs. Other high-paying remote jobs may include nursing and accounting. While nursing requires you to visit the homes of different patients, it is still considered a remote job because you do not go to an office and you work as an independent contractor. You may also find positions as a:

  • Data entry clerk.
  • Customer service representative.
  • Teacher of the English language.
  • Sales agent.
  • Guest services representative.
  • Travel consultant.
  • Freelance writer.

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