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    ct-unemployment-office2If you have been recently unemployed and money is becoming tight, it is a good idea to apply for unemployment benefits. If you have been laid off due to your employer’s lack of work, you will likely qualify for unemployment checks. The amount you can get varies, but I am sure you know that when you have no cash coming in regularly, any amount helps drastically.

    If you are wondering where and how to apply for unemployment, you should visit one of your local state offices, or, http://www.esd.wa.gov/. Personally I recommend going to the website first, but if you would prefer to go to an office, read on.

    The state of Washington does not have an entire office dedicated to unemployment. Instead, they have a number of general information offices, and they have a call in center. If you are looking to apply for benefits, file your weekly claims, or ask a question about benefits, you can call 800-318-6022.

    istock_000002051445xsmallYou can also visit one of the many WorkSource offices. WorkSource can help you with unemployment, and help you find a new job. Note that in order to apply for unemployment benefits in Washington State you MUST call the TeleCenter at 800-318-6022.
    For Kitsap county, visit
    1300 Sylvan Way
    Bremerton, WA 98310.
    For Clallam county, visit
    228 W 1st St., Suite A
    Port Angeles, WA 98362-2639
    For Jefferson county, visit
    207 W. Patison
    Shold Business Park
    Port Hadlock, Wa 98339
    For Greys Harbor county, visit
    511 W. Heron
    P.O. Box 1136
    Aberdeen, WA 98520
    For Lewis county, visit
    151 NE Hampe Way
    Chehalis WA 98532
    For Pacific county, visit
    2601 North Pacific Hwy
    P.O. Box 876
    Long Beach, WA 98631
    For Mason county, visit
    2505 Olympic Hwy N
    Suite 420
    Shelton, WA. 98584
    For Thurston county, visit
    1570 Irving St SW
    P.O. Box 9765
    Tumwater WA, 98512

    If your county is not listed here, visit https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/worksource/StaticContent.aspx?Context=WSDirectorySeeker. Once there, click on your county on the map and it will give you the office’s address, phone number, and other contact information.

    If you are having trouble finding your location, visiting http://www.mapquest.com/ can help tons. MapQuest is a completely free, comprehensive database of directions. From the homepage you can type in your home address and the address you want to reach. You will then receive turn by turn directions to your exact destination, all free of charge! It is a phenomenal resource and you should use it whenever you need to.

    I highly recommend visiting http://www.esd.wa.gov/index.php before you do anything else. The website is loaded with very helpful info, including the benefits you will receive when you are on unemployment, how to apply, etc. It also lists quite a few helpful tips on how to get approved, such as what you need to do before applying. You can also learn how much you will be receiving weekly from unemployment benefits. In my opinion using this website is much easier than going to a WorkSource office, especially since you cannot actually apply at the offices.

    You can apply online by going directly to: https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/uia/icintro/intropage.aspx?lang=en-us and filling out the required information. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply besides calling the TeleCenter directly at 800-318-6022.

    If you don’t want to waste your time, do some research first. Look around the Employment Security Department website and see if you will qualify or not. If you were laid off by your employer in a mass lay off you are pretty much a shoo-in for benefits. However, if you quit or were fired for incompetence, you will most likely not qualify, but you may, so you should still apply.

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    Esd Wa Gov info

    Services Offered at http://www.esd.wa.gov

    Employment Security Department of Washington State, or ESD WA, is a very valuable resource for a variety of people who live in, or are planning to move to, the great state of Washington.

    For business owners, ESD WA can be used to find quality employees, in virtually any area of work. If you are looking for employees for your local business, there are two basic ways to use ESD WA to your advantage. The first is to post your job opportunity, making it available to the public. By posting a job opportunity, you will enable those looking for work to submit their resumes to you. Alternatively, you can search through resumes to find exactly what you are looking for. There are currently over 92,000 people listed on ESD WA that are eager to work for you. Whether you are looking for employees doing physical labor or more intellectual work, chances are you can find what you are looking for.

    For those looking for employment, ESD WA can be a very helpful resource. You can submit your own resume and have employers contacting you, or you can search through the jobs that are currently available, and apply to the ones that interest you. The site also lists upcoming job fairs in your local area, so if you keep your eyes open and check the site often, you can take advantage of some very good opportunities.

    Even in tough economic times, there are always companies looking for loyal employees. When the economy changes, certain jobs have a higher demand. For instance, when gas went up drastically a few years ago, the demand for employees in the field of alternative energy research skyrocketed. ESD WA can help you find the jobs that are in demand TODAY, and help you find reliable work.

    Resumés ESD WA also offers some helpful information concerning job requirements. Everyone wants a high paying job, but it is hard to find a job opportunity that you qualify for. You can learn how to improve your skills while earning money, through on-the-job training, or apprenticeship. This is great for those looking for a career, not just a job.

    If you are currently unemployed, you will find all the information you need on ESD WA. You will find information concerning the benefits you can receive from the state if you are unemployed. They will tell you who is eligible for unemployment benefits, and what you can do to apply. You can also find information concerning the actual application process, including the questions you will be required to answer, how to apply, and tracking your applications progress. They will also tell you how much money you will be receiving monthly in benefits, when your checks will come, and other information that is vital to you filing for unemployment.

    ESD WA also offers very valuable information concerning taxes. They teach you all you need to know about unemployment taxes, including what exactly you have to pay taxes on. Taxes are incredibly complicated, and very few people fully understand the system. That is why it is important to find a good resource to help you. Tax advisers could help you, but they are very expensive. ESD WA’s information is completely free, and available to anyone with a computer and internet access.

    Washington State Capitol Building RotundaSo no matter who you are you will find something helpful on one of Washington’s best information site. If you have yet to check it out, I highly encourage you to do so. Even if you are employed, you could look for a second job, or an entirely new one. ESD WA is also an invaluable resource to those who are currently moving or plan to move to Washington State, as you can easily find jobs and learn the specific regulations that are enforced in this great state.

    Revamped Indigo SearchFortress.wa.gov is a government website dedicated to finding work for unemployed residents of Washington State. At this site you can search through more than 15,000 jobs listed, all within Washington. You can do a basic search for jobs close to your residence, or you can do an advanced search, which will allow you to choose the zip code, job type, hours, etc.

    The site is entirely free, and designed to help struggling Washington residents. For employers, you can list your job opportunities and find high quality, hard working local residents to help you out. Whether you are looking for laborers, telemarketers, or something that needs a college education, you can find what you are looking for.

    The site also offers a listing of government jobs in your area. There is no job more secure than a job with the state. State workers get fantastic benefits and great pay, and are virtually never laid off.

    To search for a job or look for employees, go to:
    This link will take you directly to the search form. All you have to do is fill in your location and press “search”. Or, if you are looking for a more specific job, you can choose more options on the basic search screen, or click on “advanced job search” to choose from even more options.

    How Do You Handle Telemarketers?There are many sites out there that will help you find employment. However, how do you know if they are trustworthy? If you use Fortress.wa.gov, you are using an official government website. Your resume and personal information is completely safe with them.

    http://fortress.wa.gov/ offers many different links to other helpful sites. They have resources available for you use, all of which cost nothing. You can train for a new, higher paying job, or become an apprentice. Or you can get help properly constructing your resume. Resumes are very important. If an employer sees a well constructed, properly formatted resume, they are likely to hire you. However, if they see a sloppy, miss-formatted resume, they will most likely not hire you. The site will also help you properly construct your cover letter, which will also improve your odds of being hired.

    When you register for http://fortress.wa.gov/ you will be able to store your resume and other personal info on the site. You may submit your resume to potential employers, or just search through job opportunities.

    The state of Washington enforces and encourages fair treatment of employees. http://fortress.wa.gov/ contains links to several sites that provide you with labor laws, fair wages, and other info to protect your rights as a worker. While these resources are not actually on the site itself, the site provides links to many of the resources for your convenience.

    The best link I found on http://fortress.wa.gov/ was a list of jobs in Washington State and how much they pay per hour. This would be very helpful for someone who is looking for a higher paying job but doesn’t know where to look. Also, if you plan to go to college soon, this list will help you choose what to major in, in order to make the most money. You can view this list at:
    Just click on the second link on that page, and you can view the list. You can also sort the list by clicking on the icons at the top. You can sort by per hour wage, average wage, etc. It is very helpful, especially in this tough economy, to see what jobs are still paying well. There are a lot of obscure jobs out there that pay much more than a normal job.

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