Today was interesting to say the least. One of the things that you can do when "let go from your job" is apply for unemployment. I said "can do" because you are in no way obligated to. This is just a cracker barrel of fun! You get to apply on line for it, which in my opinion is always a good thing. Some of the questions though are, hmmm, well....thoughtful. Yeah, let's go with that. It does walk you through the entire process. I have to say that it is something that I never thought I would have to do. I had a great paying job with great benefits and it all went away in the blink of an eye. So now I'm a statistic. Just effing great. I'm not good at being a statistic. It's so, I don't know, limiting. I hate saying that I'm out of work. I hate writing that I'm out of work. I hate not getting a paycheck. Frankly it sucks. Applying for unemployment really, really hammers the fact home. You have to submit how much you made in the last 6 quarters. Six quarters, ugg. We didn't get paystubs, it was all on line somewhere else. Now that I'm not working for the company, I had to beg the HR to give me access to the site so that I could download and save the paystubs. Really, eight years people, gave you eight years.
Sorry, I regress. After figuring out the last 6 quarters which is a year and 1/2, you are asked if you are working, why you are not working, can you work, would you be willing to work at anything no matter the income, are you looking for work, can you prove you are looking for work. This last one had me stumped. How do you prove that you are looking for work? Most of what I do is applying on line, sending in my resume etc, etc. So I said yes, I could prove it. Right, I could forward the emails that I have sent. Figured that was good enough. Well I waited and two weeks went by and then I received a slew of letters from EDD. One saying "Thanks, got your application", another that claimed that here is what you will get up to 6 months if you don't find a job before then and another that said "nope you get nothing until you have a phone interview". OK. That interview was two weeks from the time I got the letter. Really. Glad I'm not homeless or starving. What would have happened if I had no money in the bank? I do know actually, I would have been applying at every single job that came my way no matter what it was. This is not the State's fault that I'm out of a job. Sigh. Wish I could blame them dammit. It makes me feel better to blame someone!
Anyway, the two weeks went by and I received a call from the nice lady at EDD. I'm not being facetious here, she really was very, very nice. I explained to her what they said at my exit interview and she said that she had called my old company and they would not give out any information. No kidding, they do that to everybody. You no longer exist. Sigh. She asked for the HR name and I gave it to her. The "interview" lasted about 3 minutes and she hung up but called me back.
"Are you looking for a job"
"Well, I signed up for school and I've been taking classes"
"You can't get unemployment unless you are actively looking for work"
"Yes, I'm looking for work"
No idea if I will be getting unemployment or not. Suffice it to say, this LLC thing has to get on the pony and ride cuz momma needs money coming in.
Ok, that's all for now.
Enjoy life, it's the one you have,
I lost my job and found myself floundering. So what to do...start a website and let everyone know. I cook, design recipes, a do it yourselfer for home repair and craft like a mad woman. I try not to take myself seriously!