Each situation and each state is unique, so trying to figure out how to get help is #stressful! But you can do this, and here is how:
1. Find state specific resources and links. Go to Unemployment Resource Center or check out your state’s topic page on Jobcase.
2. Apply! There is no harm in applying and many past requirements have been waived due to our current situation.
3. Keep Record. Write down your confirmation. Keep track of dates you filed so you don’t miss a week and can keep track of your state's requirements to get benefits.
4. File online weekly. Return to your state's sites and file weekly.
5. Reach out. - Jobcase is here for you. Your friends and family are here for you. Happy, sad, discouraged, optimistic, annoyed, thankful… whatever you are feeling, share it! Someone is here to help; you can help someone else. We are in this together!
With #Coronavirus forcing many of us to stay at home, work from home jobs may be an option you are seriously considering. So, how do you do it? What do you need to actually work from home?
Most remote job descriptions outline what is needed, but in general you can be prepared for #workfromhome with the following supplies:
1. Computer - Consider a machine with Windows operating system. There are companies that allow you to use a PC or a Mac, but many remote customer service and transcription jobs require Windows (PC). Pay close attention to the computer requirements in the posting.
2. High-speed Internet - usually between 3-5 Mbps. To check the speed of your connection by clicking here when you are connected to your internet.
3. Dedicated Land Line - while this is not always true, many customer service and sales jobs require landlines. If you don’t have a landline and don’t want to get one, make sure you are looking for jobs that do not have this requirement.
4. Boundaries - set up a workspace. Communicate with family members and set expectations during your working hours/time. If you can’t physically separate your workspace, considering using visual cues. For example, a green cup on my desk means I can be interrupted or don’t need quiet, but a red cup means I can’t be interrupted and I require quiet.
*5. Accessories (headset, printer/scanner, webcam) *- These will help to make working at home more productive and comfortable, but are not alway required (check job postings).
Good news for testing! On Friday, the FDA approved a coronavirus test made by Abbott Labs. It takes as little as five minutes to deliver positive results and could be coming to urgent care centers this week.
And Abbott Labs is hiring - check their website at https://www.jobs.abbott/us/en to see if there is an opening near you!
I've found myself pausing a bit when starting conversations with friends or candidates...most of us will begin any sort of discussion with a nearly automatic, "how are you" or "How's it going?" or "How's your day going today?" and it's really more of a habit than anything else.
However, lately given the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic I find myself being more mindful when asking this previously automatic question. I have no idea how another person is handling this situation...whether they've lost loved ones already or have relatives working in a healthcare system quickly running short on supplies...we are all in this together but our experience with this virus is not one-size-fits-all.
We need to keep checking in with each other and I hope everyone in this group is doing well! We are #strongertogether!
• You will get paid economic impact money by direct deposit if you have filed 2019 (or 2018) taxes and provided the IRS your bank account info
• If you have filed your 2019 (or 2018) tax return, but the IRS does NOT have your bank account info, go to the IRS: Get My Payment to update your information
• If you are not typically required to file a tax return (low income, veterans, disability, etc.) go to the IRS: Non-filers enter payment info here so you can get paid!
This money is vital for so many of us - so I'll do my best to share updates as I hear about them.
With so many people working at home right now I think it's important to also relax and enjoy a slower pace. We live in such a constant high stress world but it's important instead of feeling locked into our homes to possibly learn how to enjoy a little more relaxation and focus on our families and things that matter most to us now to preserve these things for our future. #coronavirus #workfromhome #healthcare
The Federal CARES Act was enacted Friday, March 27th. This includes an additional $600 per week for all individuals filing in New Hampshire until July 31st. It also provides an additional 13 weeks of eligibility on top of the existing 26 weeks.
I got this information in my email. It is information about the virus and what can & can't be done. Interesting read though for people looking for or looking to keep a job in these odd times.