I’m a veteran, just exited the Army, want to work-part time and go school

unemployed_personQ) I’m a veteran who just exited the Army a few months back and just started school at Zane State College. I’m using the G.I. Bill to pay for school, but an currently on unemployment to pay for bills.

I want to work-part time, and have been out to local business applying and putting my resume out there. However, if I get hired on part time I will defintely take a pay cut and will fall short (as I’m barely making it with unemployment and bills).

I’ve heard that you can work part time and get part time unemployment benefits as well? This sounds like a rumor to me so I wanted to get a response from an actual worker here. I want to work, but I with part time, plus college, I will not have enough income to pay rent, bills, etc…as I’ve budgeted many times.

Please contact me at samuel.*******m@*******.com
I’m also trying to get in touch with any Veteran Employment offices in the area.

Thank you so much for at least hearing me out,
Samuel W*****

A) If you work part time you may be considered as a “partially unemployed” worker and thereby qualify for unemployment benefits. Due to the fact the each state administrates their unemployment benefit program differently, I suggest that you read your state’s information on ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. You can also call or visit your local unemployment office and speak with a counselor regarding your situation.

Each state has special programs for veterans so please enquirer about such programs.

New Employment Initiatives for Veterans – DOL
The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today’s job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).
Image of Gold Card – Services for post 9/11 era veteransAn eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:

  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions.
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months. read more

General Requirements for Unemployment Benefits

Be totally or partially unemployed.
Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
Be physically able to work.
Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
Be actively looking for work.
Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.

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