At Experience Factor, we recognize this has been an incredibly trying time for many. Everyone has been impacted in some way by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. Our goal is to be here for you to help you navigate these tricky next steps, from filing for unemployment to establishing a virtual job search plan. If there is anything we can do to support you, please let us know.

For now, here are some tips:

1. If you’re out of work due to COVID-19, file for unemployment ASAP.

Unemployment claims are at an all-time high. To ensure as many people as possible qualify to get aid, the Department of Labor has announced more flexible guidelines during this time.

Unemployment benefits vary by state, so be sure to file your claim where you were most recently employed. Here is updated information for filing a claim in Colorado.

Be sure to have the following information available when filing a claim online:

  • Your telephone number, email address, and home/mailing address
  • Social Security number
  • Most recent employer’s name, address, and phone number
  • First and last day worked with this employer
  • Reason for leaving (include severance package or pension information, if applicable)
  • Your bank name, address, account number, and routing number for direct deposit

Typically, your first deposit will be received within two to three weeks of filing your claim. However, due to the current situation and high volume of claims, be prepared for possible delays. If you don’t have a bank account set up for direct deposit, you will be issued a debit card to access benefits.


2. Take a Deep Breath

Living in such a stressful, uncertain time is bound to cause extra anxiety – it is natural, and there are many experiencing similar feelings. Tap into the rituals and routines that bring you joy and set you at ease. Step away from the computer a few times a day to go for a walk, do an online exercise class or some YouTube yoga. Maybe today’s the day to try that meditation app, dust off your journal, or break out the old watercolor paints.

Self-care looks different moment-to-moment for everyone; be gentle with yourself. Even taking small action steps can leave you feeling productive, empowered, and clear-minded.


3. Map Out Your Move

Now could be the perfect time to reflect on your work history and list out responsibilities that you enjoyed, felt neutral about, or didn’t care for. Spend some time tuning into what energizes you and what you’d like your ideal day to look like. Try to dismiss the “shoulds” and really focus on what career options would leave you feeling fulfilled.

If you are unsure where to start, it may be beneficial to look into working with a career coach (we know a few good ones!) or reach out to a past employer or potential mentor