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Unemployment-Tips.com didn't begin because it was my main choice for a website, but I can't deny it might of got it's start to be a personal soapbox, so I could raise objections about what I thought of as the ugly truths about unemployment insurance benefits, I learned on a job I'd been doing for a living .. for years.

All I knew at the time  I paid for a year of the website builder I use to this day, (by the way, I really can't say enough good things about my website builder, Solo Build It) I just wanted to prove to myself, I could teach myself .. how to build a website.  And maybe in the back of my mind I was hoping to quiet the naysayers, I would miss if they ever left my life.  

By this time proving much, about anything meant I preferred it to also be documented as a provable fact. Talk about a job leaching into your life by way to thinking about all sorts of things, both important and mundane.

2006 was a significant year for me on multiple fronts.    One being it was the year most of the reasons I opted to express myself about the job where I coordinated thousands .. upon thousands of unemployment hearings for employers happened .. after I lost my job through no fault of my own and my employer decided to push back as if they expected I was your ordinary claimant who knew nothing before hand about proving, or rebutting UI's burdens.

The irony however, at least in my mind, is I chose to stick with the theme of unemployment insurance benefits in 2009, and not because of my pathetic unemployment story, but my reemployment due to the recession.  

It was a wild and crazy time in the unemployment cost control field.   And the unemployment questions when I got home at night proved that to me even more.  The questions, put my idea of having a website to sell handmade crafty things on hold.

In 2009, another significant year .. I voluntarily quit my job .. which had been turned into temp job that had already lasted for close to three more years.  Of course I quit for what I thought would be provable as being with good cause.   But .. even then, I knew I'd finally experience personally, what it feels like to have an employer appeal benefits and then try to sidestep the facts.  And they did .. all the way to a board of review.

Being unemployed undoubtedly sucks with, or without collecting benefits,   But, sometimes it's just as important to make the wiser choice .. when you know you're at some sort of crossroad in your life.

For me .. suitable work had become a daily purpose of earning a living, but I decided it was time to put my foot down on what suitable work for me .. meant to me.  And I knew it had to be something I could live with more easily than what I'd been doing for the past decade, only helping employers.

My name if Chris .. it's 2017 and here I sit at my kitchen table, still trying to explain to employees and claimants when they can do something if denied after losing their job through no fault of their own.  

Why they can, or why they may not, isn't a game of rules and strategies that should only be worked to benefits an employer with a denial, but a truth that to turn the truth into a credible fact more easily .. you need proof .. or a really good hearing professional .. even when you get a totally impartial employee of the unemployment department to hear the truth.

And just think ..  I do what I do by choice from my kitchen table.. because my desk has forever, been a mess with all things crafty, going on.  

By the way, I didn't drink the beer out of the can ..  I swear.

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I used to have blog forms all over this website devoted to gathering questions about common basic issues affecting eligibility when trying to collect unemployment benefits.

But after I'd answered thousands, I began to notice I was sounding more and more like a broken record, or maybe a harpy, that insisted a better question carry with it, evidence the person had first put in the effort to gain basic insights about the burden of proof .. such as that about a voluntary quit, or a discharge for misconduct.

Although I hope me insisting, you already have this basic understanding about your position to get benefits doesn't make me sound unreasonable, or that any of my previous answers might end up being enough to prevent you from liking Unemployment Tips on Facebook .. as I may, or may not share any question and answer I choose .. when I choose.

But if my answers do bother you .. tough because I do care, but I'm not obligated to pamper those who need instant gratification.

Other than this, if you do submit a question about unemployment (just below) ..

I would advise you to stay anonymous.

Be certain to provide the name of the state liable for paying you benefits.

Be sure to read the submission guidelines vs. just checking the box ..

And most of all, know I wish you well, while you continue and conduct a bona fide and documented search for a new job, whether only claiming benefits weekly until winning an appeal hearing, or receiving benefits, you'd likely be required to repay .. if you lose a lower level hearing because your employer appealed.

Chris - Unemployment Tips

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