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Hi, my name is Chris and I think it should be important to anyone looking for advice on how/if they can  collect unemployment benefits, to understand where I developed the insights that may, or may not help you to do that.

In 2006, I lost my job, through no fault of my own, when my position as an unemployment hearing coordinator was eliminated.

Believe me, I knew I was lucky to of had that job title for years, working for a series of unemployment claim management companies, because the goal of that type of company, is to deny your benefits, even if it means the employer client, must win a tribunal unemployment hearing. 

Of course, being the hearing coordinator, I also wan't the actual person who represented the employer at a hearing, but I did prepare the file and witnesses for the hearing, which I hired an independent unemployment hearing representative for.  

Over the years, I came to understand emphatically, that what employee/claimants didn't know about using the unemployment process and all those regulations an unemployment agency writes to interpret unemployment laws, was an added advantage to an employer when there was two opposing, but legitimate arguments to make at a hearing .. about who was at fault for the loss of a job.

What I Did On My Own Time .. While Unemployed

I suspect I did what many unemployed people do when they find they have extra time on their hands, after applying for job and logging that job search, specifically because they know they must also be able to satisfy a state's job search requirements, in the event of a random job search audit.   

I thought outside the employee box, where I knew I was subject to the direction and control of at will employer as a subordinate.

In reality, I spent a lot of time daydreaming about  the day, I might finally be free to direct myself and still be sufficiently self employed, doing something I still love to do, using my creative side to make pretty things others might want to buy..

Suffice it to say, I took to the internet like many and searched incessantly for an opportunity.   Yet, being me, I found, I'd had been transformed by my work in the unemployment insurance field.   

I wasn't just looking for any opportunity, but one that offered proof it might work for me.   

Proof, that if I was willing to work and learn something new, I would one day be be in the position of feeling I didn't have to needing to work for someone else .. because I could afford to choose to work for myself.

But, like I alluded to, wanting proof, as a way to substantiate a fact, is not something I think I'll ever be able to shake, so when I decided to use SBI to  learn how to build a business website .(affiliate link), I also decided I would write about unemployment benefits, because the passion to do something .. anything doesn't always mean you have to be driven by your love of an experience. 


Moving Toward Your First, or Next Week of Benefits With Your Own Best Interests In Mind

I've been know to suggest, that as an employee, you may need to move forward, to address a problem in the workplace.  This is because for me, I know proof begins to be developed prior to the final incident which ends an employment relationship.   And I know that procedurally, proof is what works, to weight relevant testimony related to a document, at administrative law hearings, of all kind, no matter the laws the agency is administering on behalf of legislators..   

It's literally our willingness to confront problems while still employed and in our best interest to document  efforts made, up to and including any lack of effort from an employer,  for the unemployment department who may simply, not believe what you tell them, or ignore what you say .. althogether.

Alternatively, you remaining silent, may be you working toward what in the best interest of an employer, when they finally make the attempt to deny benefits .. for the right, wrong, or  indifferent reasons employers fight benefits.  

Shortly after I was laid off in 2006, I was recalled to my job as a temporary hearing coordinator.  I went back .. because who would I be, if I didn't know I couldn't remain conditionally eligible to collect had I refused the offer of suitable work.

By the time I voluntarily quit that temp job .. with good cause in 2009, I  waited for my former employer, to fail at both a tribunal unemployment appeal hearing and to then have their board appeal dismissed.

Then, and only then, was I ready to face a hard choice, I just wasn't sure I could afford to make, no matter how much I believed I needed to .. to just move forward.  

I thought my choice was to either work on Unemployment-Tips.com with the intent I could turn it into some sort of venture to earn an income .. even a small one.   Given the traffic numbers were no small drop in the bucket, I wanted to stop collecting my remaining benefits (and there were extended UI benefits at that time).

It came down to focusing fully on my dream of being self employed .. or give up on it.  .

Here it is, almost 2019 and I'm still not the type to go quietly into the night.  But quite a lot has changed for my husband and myself, during the last 13 year journey together while I learned .. if I could even build a website that anyone would visit.

I remain passionate about the only thing that has absolutely kept me connected to the subject of unemployment.

My incessant desire you not ignore an opportunity to use your rights to due process in this country, not even those connected to a burden of proof .. connected to assigning the fault for a job separation .. correctly vs. erroneously.

My husband and I have both reached retirement age. We both continue to work .. because what else does one do with time on your hands when retired.

I of course also work at my own leisure making pretty things I love to make.

Whether I'm making something, or helping someone with unemployment, I'm content to be doing what I do these day. because it's now only my choice to work .. and whatever that is, I no longer feel conflicted if what I'm doing, is  the right .. and not an erroneous thing for me to do for a living.

Chris

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PS  I can't promise I'd be sticking to only unemployment insurance.  I can promise I

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