Should You Job Hunt During a Furlough?

Image: ShutterstockIf you’ve been furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic, you might be asking yourself whether it’s better to wait it out or whether you need to start looking for another job. First, a reminder: People who have been furloughed are generally eligible to apply for unemployment (though specific requirements vary by state); if their unemployment…

Should You Job Hunt During a Furlough?

Image: ShutterstockIf you’ve been furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic, you might be asking yourself whether it’s better to wait it out or whether you need to start looking for another job. First, a reminder: People who have been furloughed are generally eligible to apply for unemployment (though specific requirements vary by state); if their unemployment claim is approved, they’ll also receive the extra $600/week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation provided by the CARES Act.For some people, the combination of unemployment income and the prospect of resuming their current job in the future will be enough to get them through an indefinite furlough. Other people may find that their unemployment benefits do not provide enough income to support themselves or their families, and will begin looking for a new job out of necessity.But what if you’re on the fence about your current job? What if you’re kind of meh about your workplace and have been thinking about making a change? Is it a good idea to look for a new job in a period of uncertainty (and pot
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