I'm in Florida. My profession is self-employed so I didn't think I'd qualify for unemployment benefits and just burnt through my savings during the lockdowns. But then I kept seeing and hearing others in my profession getting Federal "Pandemic Unemployment Compensation" so I was told to apply through Florida DEO/CONNECT system just for them to turn me down and then I'd qualify for the federal PUA. So I applied 8/21/20 and I've provided every bit of information you could possibly imagine but they've "Locked me out" ever since. I've had to re-verify my ID over 100 times, I've called them hundreds of times and it just hangs up or I'm put on hold and have waited for over 4.5hrs just to be disconnected. I've requested help every which way possible dozens and dozens of times with no response. towards the beginning I got a letter in the mail that said I had to respond within 7 days but that letter arrived 2 days after the 7 day deadline! But I had already seen and taken care of on-line what the letter was about, thank God! And all I've needed Florida DEO to do is determine that I haven't worked for any employers who carried unemployment insurance in the last 2-3 years and to turn me down so that the federal PUA would kick in! Then on 4/2/21 my wife's employer remodeled their office and she had a "slip and fall" down the stairs which fractured 4 lumbar in her back which she's been bed bound recovering ever since. I've been doing my best taking care of my wife like an in-home nurse, and taking care of our 2 children. Recently our car was repossessed, we've sold every last asset/possession of value that we owned, our house has foreclosed and is going up to online auction this Tuesday 7/27/21. Our credit scores are in the dumps which triggered our car insurance rates to double(apparently Progressive monitors their customers credit reports) and home rental rates have skyrocketed. We've applied to rent at over a dozen places that charged us rental application fees(at $100+ a pop) just to turn us down. So we're probably going to be homeless in 2 weeks. But our faith is strong and our prayers are being heard as God has provided just enough to keep our family together and our health intact. We're not starving. Clearly the DEO/CONNECT system is intentionally broken or designed to not pay out benefits to hard working Floridians like myself. That it's actually designed to make us claimants just give up on any attempts to make a claim... #unemployment #FloridaDEO # #advice #benefits #florida
Which of the following perks are most important to you?
A. High pay
B. Flexible work hours
C. Health insurance
D. Education reimbursement
E. Paid time off
F. Free lunch/snacks
G. Other (please specify)
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I got an offer for a better job that starts early next month and so like that respectful employee I am I let my boss know at least 2 weeks before that I will be resigning. I specifically timed this because I knew I couldn't lose my work benefits before March since there would be trouble (long story, wife needs surgery and can't let insurance lapse). That was obviously a mistake because my boss said that they don't employ quitters and said I could leave right away if I was going to quit. Is this legal and if so is there anything I can do? I can't lose benefits before the end of the month!
I finally landed a job. I applied to a minimum of 5 jobs each week. I had many interviews and most of those turned out very well but I didn't get the job.
I am an Application Security Engineer with over 10 years of static code analysis experience and over 20 years of software development experience. You would think it would have been easy to find a job. It wasn't.
The problem is my age and my high level of experience can be a turn off. I got to the point I almost landed several jobs but I lost out to younger and cheaper help. I kept on trying in spite of losing so many opportunities.
I finally found the right job. It pays less than my last job but what I am getting is perfect. It is the most I can make without effecting my social security benefits. And I am working remotely again, which is perfect also.
The best thing you can do is to keep on applying and do the best you can. Tell the truth about everything, even if you think it might limit your chances. Interviewers may prefer your honesty and it's easier for you.
Remember it is a very crowded job market. Don't believe that BS about how great the job market is. In my experience it is very tough and you need to stick it out if you are going to succeed.
Apply, apply and apply some more. Refine your resume so it is easier for the HR person to read. Do some searching on the internet on the subject of effective resumes. I was fortunate and had a professional resume writer do my resume. It was the best money I ever spent.
A great resume makes a huge difference. Do not under estimate it. Take time to make your resume stand out. And then apply, apply and apply.
I'm having real challenges with my unemployment payments. I have not received a payment since I started on March 3rd. They were sending my claims forms and when I wrote a note stating I was not being paid, they have since stopped sending the claims forms altogether. There is not a number in California where you can reach a person at the EDD and I'm currently burning through my previous savings. Hope this is the right forum where I may receive some assistance.