Laid Off from a Part-Time Job – Collecting Unemployment

Unemployment and Part-Time Workers

Looking for a Part-Time Job When You’ve Been Laid-Off

Part-time workers are often overlooked in the recession-speak, but they comprise a vital part of the workforce AND rely heavily on those part-time wages to sustain their lives. Under the stipulations of many state UIB laws you may be recognized as a part-time worker if your situation dictates you only are able to work part-time.

Looking for New Part-Time Work: When a Resume is Not an Option

You are certainly welcome to apply for a part-time job with a resume and cover letter, but in many cases your best bet is to be as stellar as possible on the application. And certainly for many part-time job search sites you may not have an option to upload a resume or produce a cover letter. Your user profile and job applications will speak for you. Check out our Tips for Part-time Job Seekers below.

Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment

Click this link to find out if you are eligible to file for unemployment: 

Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Part-Time Job Application: Making an Impression

Everyone wants to set himself or herself apart—it’s that rugged American Individualism. HOWEVER, when it comes to interviewing and applying for a part-time job you must stand out in a positive way, particularly when you don’t have a resume to present.

  • Hand-written applications must be very legible
  • Include accurate and complete information: past employers, job titles, hourly wage, responsibilities, all contact information
  • Be concise and complete on job skills, show improvement from job to job
  • If you are filling out an application on site be prepared to meet a manager and possibly participate in an on-the-spot interview: be dressed appropriately, have a resume just in case one is welcome
  • Be cautious with sporting body piercings and ostentatious tattoos—truth is that these could color a manager’s decision, rightfully or not.

Part-time Job Opportunities in Recession

Reality is that some of the better job opportunities right now are in part-time jobs. Many employed full-time workers are already being forced to acclimate to work schedules more akin to a part-time job in order to save their jobs. Employers committed to employees and being well-positioned for economic stimulus are working overtime to convince their employees that this is the better option.

You’ll find that most of the online employment search sites maintain jobs categorized as part-time, freelance, and contract—those not considered full-time permanent. Search for the following types of part-time jobs:

  • part-time permanent
  • part-time temporary
  • telecommute or work-from-home jobs
  • seasonal part-time

Tips for Part-Time Job Seekers

Tips for getting noticed in a part-time job search:

  • Complete your online profile as completely and accurately as possible
  • Double check the accuracy of contact names, phone numbers and email addresses: have a list of these prepared ahead of time so you are not scrambling for information again and again.
  • Have a respectable sounding email address for yourself—avoid using some campy version you chose with friends. There are plenty of free email accounts and if nothing else set one up just for your job-hunt.
  • You must have a cellphone if you’re going to be competitive in a part-time job search.
  • Provide reliable references, both professional and personal—these should be people you respect, who respect you and who are willing and able to have a professional phone conversation that paints you in a good light. Check with them ahead of time and ask their permission.
  • Show job skills that improve over time. If you can bring skills—from basic accounting to customer service-- to a job you are much better positioned than most of part-time job competitors. 

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# Jessica 2010-08-28 14:13
I have been offered a temporary contract position and don't know how long it will last. What will happen to my unemployment? I have just been given the 13 week SEB benefits and the job that I am being offered pays about the same as I receive from my benefits, so I don't know if it's worth even taking the job. I don't want to go through the hassle of refiling and waiting at the DOL for hours again.
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# Michael 2011-03-11 01:35
i recently started a job full-time working 40hrs a week in replacement for a previous employee who voluntarily left, he than decided to come back for whatever circumstance and I was given no notice and unfairly terminated for no cause, would I be able to collect unemployment?
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# Joanne 2011-07-14 12:04
I was told my contracted position of 3 days a week is ending. I was offered another but it is 70 miles from my home and 6 hrs less per week. Would I be able to collect if I don't take that job its another contract and my car is old.
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# Pamela 2011-08-20 00:42
I have recently began selling mary kay beauty cosmetics, I thought sales would be difficult and believed it wasn't for me, after watching my friend take off with her mary kay business, I decided to check it out, and I love it! It is so easy and the products are quality so they sell themselves! I am 4 months into this business and have made $700/month for the last 2 months working 2 hours a week! NO JOKE! Feel free to contact me. 856-809-1153
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# charlotte 2011-07-22 09:36
Can I apply for more unemployment compensation if I could only find part-time work? I was also collecting unemployment about 8 dollars a week, and now I don't know if I will be re-hired at a school district when school starts up again
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# Daniel 2011-08-11 01:05
If i quit my part time job after being there for six months can i receive unemployment? I hear only full time employees can receive unemployment. i work 32 hrs. a week. The reason for quiting is because i start college in a week. PLEASE HELP
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# Ivona 2011-08-23 11:20
I have a job in Florida in a touris based business.It's a salary position that I get laid-off for 4months period every year.I claim unemployment than.I do return to the same job after that period of time.Am I eligible for benefits this year?if I look for a job and say can only stay there till my regular job reopens nobody will hire me in the off season slow time anyways.What to do to be eligible for benefits in my case?
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# kim 2011-11-22 08:51
I have been full time with a company for 5 years. I recently had surgery and went on FMLA for 3 wks. My company said they will bring me back Part time. If they go ahead and decide to let me go can I collect unemployment?
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# kathy 2011-12-07 10:55
i have a full time job and a part time job but my part time job might be laying me off ive been there for 8 years can i collect unemployment benifits
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# Chantal 2012-01-08 20:42
I am about to be fired from a part-time job that I've had for three years. I transferred from one retail store to another within the same company. The new manager I got stuck with decided to make a big deal about my being late 2 times over a 7 month period of time. She is moving to have me fired if it happens again. If I do get fired, would I qualify for unemployment? Would I qualify for any sort of benefits with my situation? To be clear, I love my job and don't want to be fired. Help!
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# Jimmy 2012-01-19 15:15
I currently am on unemployment . I have the opportunity to take a few freelance art jobs, 20-30 hours a week for a few weeks.

I plan to report the work I do, but Will I loose my unemployment benefits (after I finish the freelance jobs) that considered self employment? Live in Connecticut
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# Stephanie C. 2012-03-11 21:55
I've been working at a part-time job since August 2011, before I was hired I advised my employer that I was pregnant, and would need to take a leave... Now i'm only a month away from my due date, and was informed that my job is not secure and they are not sure whether or not i'll find a job there after my maternity leave... Can I collect unemployment if they decide that after my medical leave they no longer need me?
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# Vanessa 2012-06-25 11:34
I took a part time job, and was still able to collect partial unemployment in NJ for a year. I have been unable to find a full time job, and my unemployment claim just ended. Can I file a new claim? I am still at my part-time job, but looking for full time work.

Thanks for your help!
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# gina 2013-08-15 17:44
I work a full time job 31 hours a week, and worked a part-time/relief job of 9 hours a week. I was laid off today from the part-time job. I have worked for them for 7 years. Am I eligible for unemployment from the part-time job. My full-time job hours have been cut down to 31 for over a year now.
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