How to collect unemployment if you quit your job

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Quitting your job does not automatically disqualify you for unemployment compensation, but you'll have to prove you had good reasons for resigning.

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Things you need

  • Details of your employment
  • Employer's address and phone number
  • Supervisor or manager's name and phone number

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    Before quitting your job, make sure you've considered the challenges of being unemployed. Don't quit your job because you're having a bad day or because someone got on your bad side. Carefully review your choices and ensure that quitting your job is the best decision for you.

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    To qualify for unemployment compensation after you've quit a job, you must show you left for "good cause." The unemployment agency will require evidence of unsafe working conditions, health damage, on-the-job dangers or an employer's breach of the original employment contract.

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    Visit your local unemployment office to complete the application or complete the application at your state agency's web site. Answer questions with as much detail as possible.

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    Follow up with your application and immediately respond to any correspondence from the unemployment office. Failure to meet the deadline for responding can cause your claim to be denied.

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    If you have presented a clear and detailed case that meets the agency's requirements, you should receive a prompt response and approval. Make sure you follow the weekly requirements to continue receiving checks, and respond right away to all correspondence from the agency.

Tips and warnings

  • Check your state's application guidelines before visiting the unemployment office. Many states require online applications and no longer accept in-house applications.
  • Misrepresenting your case in an unemployment application can result in federal prosecution.

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