If you're looking for a mission statement, my mission is to avoid making choices that make me feel ashamed of myself, both away from work and while I work. Ultimately, this is what put me squarely on the side of advocating to employees here on Unemployment-Tips.com.
In 2006 I was laid off. My job was coordinating all the aspects I had been trained to know as relevant, to preparing for an unemployment appeal hearing to the ultimate benefit of the interested employer listed on the notice of hearing.
I worked for a TPA (third party administrator), also called an unemployment cost control company, or unemployment claim management company.
Up until I was laid off, I'd been kept extremely busy with little free time to think about my choices as an at-will employee, because there were thousands of clients to serve and each one of them was a client for the soul purpose of fighting every claim for unemployment benefits..
For close to a decade, I was just one of many cogs, in a big well oiled machine of corporate indifference to real live human employees.
So, if you think I was devastated when my position was eliminated in 2006 after an acquisition, let me assure you .. you'd be dead wrong.
What I felt was an overpowering sense of relief wash through me. But, the feeling didn't last long because I was shortly thereafter, recalled to the same job same desk and the same cubicle next to same co-workers whose position hadn't been eliminated. Funny how that can be made to works sometimes.
The new term and conditions of employment however, was I was now to be the employee of a temp agency, bereft of all the fringe benefits I had once enjoyed as a permanent employee.. including the precious paid time and the health insurance I was using when I was laid off .. while on FMLA leave and couldn't afford the COBRA premiums to replace.
Obviously, a little free unemployed time was the wrong thing to give me. After well over thirty years of working long, hard and to the best of my ability for a living, too much free time made me start wondering about how, I let myself get to this point, after the age of fifty .. when I was doing all I could to make sure we were set up for retirement age.
Well, they hadn't coined the phrase yet, but today they call aging employees .. legacy employees.
In 2009 after nearly three years of working as a temp employee, I knew my employer had handed me an arguable case of good cause to quit at least the three year long temp assignment I'd been on. Ironically, it was only supposed to last for six months when I was first asked to come back.
Quitting? Trust me, it didn't hurt my feelings I would no longer feel like Igor to the infamous Dr. Frankenstein. But, I hadn't just been resting on my laurels.
For the last three years I'd been doing everything in my power to set myself up to go forward without the benefit of having an employer .. or the constant guilty conscience I 'd always felt as that employee to handled Ui appeals for employers .. to simply earn a living.
Unemployment-Tips.com may not be the most valuable legacy my life will leave behind, as I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, not to mention being a loyal friend first. I'm grateful to those have those I love and care for care back for me.
They also haven't judged me harshly for preferring to march to my own drum and help one unemployed underdog, or confused employee after another with an answer, or as a job coach .. albeit a I am a different sort of job coach.
Helping claimants learn how to spin a more effective argument out of a truthful unemployment story is what allowed me to reclaim the right to be the person I prefer to be not only while I work, but how I work and for whom because I am free to take the indifference out of the equation.
Personally, I think it is giving up on dreams formed with ideals of youth, that can turn us bitter .. and leaving this life with bitterness in my heart seems the worst possible way to go out.
Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely grateful, for the job I had because it did teach me how unemployment really works.
But, I'm more grateful for the unemployment experience that in 2006, prompted me to take a big leap of faith that I, a technical idiot of the enduring kind, could/would learn, or die trying, how to build a website. It was a scary choice I wasn't sure of, but shortly after I made it, I understood my fear was coming from ignorance I hadn't yet minimized.
Most of all, I'm grateful for the ongoing experience of life offers each day. It's an adventure and one that has led me to an understanding that guides me each day.
All any of us are born with is choice to do what we think is right for ourselves.
This power to choose may be tempered because of the terms and conditions of your job, but your power to make choices best for you, doesn't stop just because your employer has the wrong idea about what at will employment actually means, or is ignorant of any employment law, that makes an exception to how it must work.
I set this particular blogging invitation up a long time ago to write about my journey to having a website that just so happens to be about winning unemployment appeals .. if you're the claimant.
To be completely honest, I'm not much of a writer as you might of already noticed. And it seems I definitely have a problem writing about myself .. unless someone drops a question on me and it's as if I become a broken vending machine spitting out redundant answers.
Well, I'm over the redundancy part, but I'm still intrigued and have a hard time resisting intelligent questions of a general nature about how unemployment is working, or isn't working for you.
Of course if you're still employed you should submit your question here.
Or, if you really want to know more about me, you can ask, I'll be happy to explain me as well as possible for anyone to explain what they know, about who they are, or why I do, what I choose to do now.
Chris - Unemployment-Tips.com
Click any link below and read.
Quit due to Emergency Medical Condition
I have worked with the company in the pet industry for 3 years. About 6 months ago I developed a severe medical condition while at work. I was told by …
Military Spouse moving from Maryland to Hawaii
My husband and I currently live in MD, but he received orders to Hawaii. I am an hourly employee who works anywhere between 24-40 hours a week. My last …
4 real?! Terminated b/c Clinics going in a diff direction than where I see it going?
Im a pharmacist and recently lost my job in Virginia at our local free clinic (a 501c3 organization) in which I've been employed part time since Dec 2013. …
Christmas 2014 my boss says he is no longer going to pay my salary.
I was offered a sales position from a friend in my Bible Study group. Going to Bible Study together for over a year we became friends. He is a General …
Boss says I quit because I no called/no showed, but I did call and I did show up
Hello, not sure if you can help me or not. It is 3 in the morning and I apologize for being too tired/lazy at the moment to thoroughly look through your …
I Want to Be a Multi-Media Artist Not Just a Low Wage Earner
Since graduating with my BFA in May 2009 I have been looking for decent employment. I have had 5 low paying jobs to get by that didn't work out for various …
Edd revoked my benefits! Not rated yet
So I had my EDD benefits revoked because after my phone interview, they say my training (tattoo apprenticeship) is not approved for CTB and is preventing …
Quit a job to get new job and was laid off soon after. Not rated yet
My wife had a job for a couple years making good money. Although she got sick of them piling on duties without raising the pay. So she sought and found …
Employer wanting me to do tax evasion Not rated yet
I work for a dentist...their daughter is CEO and recieved salary bi-weekly. She has always been issued 1099 for her income. This year their CPA and the …
If working for temp agency, then hired on full time through the company... Not rated yet
I live in Georgia but I was hired on through a temp agency to work for a company in Tennessee. The temp agency said that the job would be for 550 hours, …
Can I get unemployment when I move for a job and then get laid off? Not rated yet
I quit my job in MN to take a better position in CO. I worked in CO for 5 months and was laid off due to revenue problems. I am now being denied unemployment …
Had no choice but to move, employer trying to block me. Not rated yet
We lived in Fort Lauderdale for 2 years. I was employed at **employer name deleted**. My family and I had a series of events that cost us all our savings. …
What Are The Odds You'll Receive Unemployment Benefits From Your State? Not rated yet
Ever since I got into the field of unemployment, I became aware that when things were veering away from what I would normally expect an eligibility decision …
Working over seas in Afghanistan and Iraq Not rated yet
I am a W-2 employee and currently work in Afghanistan. I work for 6mo on and a few weeks off (it sucks but its a job). My question is when/if my job …
3 Months and Still No NH Unemployment Benefits Yet Not rated yet
Hello, My sister's husband is a mason for a company located in New Hampshire. They currently reside in Massachusetts. It is customary for him to be …
Can Florida take back unemployment benefits? Not rated yet
I applied to the state of Florida for unemployment at the end of 2011. I quit my job because of a hostile workplace; also my pay had been reduced. I …
My long Term Temp Assignment ended how can I get unemployment? Not rated yet
I was recently let go due to what my immediate supervisor said was unprofessionalism (because I had the audacity to tell a Quality Analyst how they made …
A Sound Argument Against The Move to a "Fuck You" Culture Not rated yet
It was the f-word in the title that no doubt caught my attention. But it was the word fight, that made me want to read. "Fight the Fuck You Culture" …
My Unemployment Story Not rated yet
I suspect now, that if I hadn't been laid off from my job as an unemployment appeal coordinator/consultant in 2006 the way I was, or what happened to my …
How I Started Unemployment Tips Without Unemployment Benefit Concerns Not rated yet
Collecting unemployment benefits if you start your own business is an ambitious idea. I can't tell you it didn't appeal to me, but then, I'm no unemployed …