Being furloughed puts you in a strange position. It is in between unemployment and employment, where you’re likely (but not guaranteed) to return to work after some time and you may receive some benefits from your employer like health insurance and even some pay. However, not everybody receives the same benefits and many struggle with unpaid leave. If you’ve been furloughed, here are some things you should keep in mind when working out your next steps.
Clear Conversations with Your Employer
If you’ve been told you’re being furloughed, you should ask as many questions as you can as soon as you have a clear mind to do so. What are the terms of your furloughing, are they up for negotiation and are they following the law? If you need to sign off your agreement to the furlough, you should ask for clarification about why it is necessary and clear clarification of the benefits you’ll receive while on your leave. If you’re made to sign a contract to confirm your acceptance of these terms, don’t be afraid to write on the contract with a pen to reiterate points explained to you in clear English that might have a much more convoluted legal description on paper.
Look into Benefits
Typically, unemployment benefits are only available to those that have been laid-off. Still, if you’ve been furloughed, you might want to double-check the new stimulus law that has extended the criteria of those who are eligible to claim benefits. Make sure you get state-specific information, as amounts that you can claim do vary from state to state. If you have an expense, you need to make (such as quarterly rent). Still, your benefits don’t immediately cover, you might want to look into no credit check loans direct lenders who offer a 3-month repayment term, instead of normal payday loan companies.
Pick up the Phone as Much as You Can
Much work nowadays can be done remotely, so if you are looking for something to occupy your time and get you some extra income, look for some remote work that suits your skillset but not necessarily your experience if your industry has been hit hard. It can be much harder to find this sort of work without an ‘in’ so get in touch with your network and catch up with your friends, old co-workers or new people.
Video or phone calls are the primary sources of communication for many people currently, so start to use your network to its fullest and send some feelers out to anybody that could help you find some work. You never know where an opportunity might arise, and you should keep that in mind when deciding which of your contacts to call. Most job opportunities tend to come from networking. Have the confidence to ask those whom you might be intimidated to ask (like old bosses), as having this confidence will serve as an edge over others in the same position. If you have a lead, it’s essential to make sure you respond to any potential opportunities as quickly as possible to show that you’re professional and reliable.
Written by Danny Abramov.
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