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Losing Your Job
Losing your job can be a serious financial blow, especially if it's unexpected. There are many reasons why you may find yourself unemployed. Maybe you've been fired or laid off. Maybe you quit in order to find a better job, or to move somewhere where the employment situation is better for you. Whatever the case, being unemployed is not a vacation. Your new full-time job is to find a job. Fortunately, there are many resources available to aid you financially, and to help you regain employment.
Finding a New Job
Finding a new job can be difficult and demoralizing, especially if the economy is not strong and there are few openings. Aside from searching newspapers for job postings, consider other resources that can help you find work. There are many web sites devoted to matching workers with employers, and posting an on-line resume only takes a few minutes. Notifying your friends and acquaintances that you're looking for work is another effective way to gain employment, and by having a friend refer you to an employer, you get a built in character reference. In addition, your local Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office has self-service kiosks and computer workstations configured to assist you in your job search. The tools are available, and usually all it takes to find a new job quickly is dedication and hard work - skills that any potential employer will value.
The ESDC office is also where you will go to apply for Employment Insurance benefits. If you find yourself out of work, you should immediately fill out an EI application. It may take as long as 28 days to receive any benefits from EI, so don't delay. Also, be aware that EI benefits are not guaranteed; you have to qualify to receive benefits under the Employment Insurance Act. If you have any questions, contact your local ESDC office for more information.
Budgeting Between Jobs
If you're unemployed and living on a reduced income it's a good idea to make a temporary budget. Simply taking stock of what you have and how long you need it to last can prevent you from ending up in serious financial trouble. Even if you start a new job in a couple of weeks, it may be another month before you receive your first cheque, and any reasonable budget should reflect this fact.