BlogBreak contributor and vice-president of e-resume.net Chandra Fox encourages those that are eligible to apply for your unemployment benefits:
If you get laid off, fired, whatever it was called in your case, be sure to look into your unemployment benefits. Go to your local office, fill out the forms and get it started. It is typically money your company put aside for this very instance.
Don’t be too proud. Go down to the office, be treated terribly by angry government employees (at least in my experience) and get your money.
Check into the tax ramifications so you are in good with the IRS. It varies depending on the funding of your benefits.
Statistics show that many people are applying for unemployment for the first time in their lives. If you are applying for unemployment benefits here in Georgia, you can use the Georgia unemployment resources guide on ajcjobs to assist you. If you are applying for unemployment in other states, the About.com Guide to Job Searching has collected some good national and state resources.
Good luck. Would you leave money in the slot machine if you had hundreds of dollars of winnings? Of course not – take what is yours.
What has been your experience in collecting unemployment benefits? Were you at all ashamed to apply for unemployment benefits, or do you consider the benefits rightfully yours?