Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Resources for Terminated Employees

Losing a job is never easy, especially when you don't know where to turn. After a termination is announced, the unemployed know to apply for unemployment insurance and to start that dreaded job search. While many feel alone during this difficult time, there are actually resources they can turn to for help:

  • Rapid Response Resources  is an initiative that helps terminated employees who lost their jobs through either plant closings or mass layoffs. Services are offered through employers and include information as well as tools to help individuals find work.  There are certain criteria that must be met to qualify for this service, but each state has its own local center and can be contacted for more information. Visit the State Rapid Response Coordinator to learn more.
  • If you haven't already, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. Candidates must meet individual state requirements to qualify for coverage, including wage, hours worked and the period lapsed between termination and actual filing. Additional information can be found at the federal Department of Labor site.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has set up a one-stop career center aimed at helping terminated workers build skills and find work. Career One-Stop  has partnered with American Job Center to provide resources and training to anyone who needs it. Additional links are available to other sites as well.
  • Starting your own business is always an option. Losing a job can sometimes lead to better opportunities. What better way than to put your expertise and experience to work for you by running your own business? The Small Business Bureau is a good resource to explore options and opportunities. There are links about loan and grants, business plan outlets, and its SCORE initiative, which provides even more info. Visit the SBA's website for more info.

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