I, along with many other teachers district wide, lost my job today. Technically, i actually lose my job August 1, so August 2 will be my first day unemployed. I spent the day scrambling to find a position, but I like to be prepared for the worst. So for all you who have been there done that, some questions:
How long do you have to be out of work before you can apply for unemployment?
What does "actively looking for work" and "documenting job searching" really mean?
Can I hold out for a job in my field (education) or am I supposed to look for and take anything I can get?
And what about registering with the employment office? Is that just a name or is it like a temp job office?
What about childcare? I can't just take any old job. I need one that pays me enough to pay my childcare. Do they take that into consideration?
How long does it last?
Will collecting unemployment affect my credit rating?
Anything else I should know?
My DH makes enough to cover the house payment, plus some food, water and power, but without my income we are pretty much looking at losing both cars, phone service, all luxury items like Netflix and chocolates...
This sucks. Really sucks.