I am a federal employee affected by the shutdown. Since I am furloughed, can I collect unemployment? And what happens if, when I am called back to work, I am paid retroactively?
With any luck, this nightmare and stupid political gamesmanship you are caught up in will end soon. Meanwhile, here are some general tips and guidelines. Each state determines unemployment eligibility and most states allow you to collect if you are furloughed (i.e., temporarily laid off) and available to work. You can’t collect unemployment if you are working but unpaid because you are not available to work elsewhere. Finally, if you collect unemployment benefits for periods of eligible unpaid furlough but then are paid retroactively, you will probably have to repay the unemployment benefits you received for that period. Bottom line: If you’re not working and not getting paid, visit the state unemployment Web site, file a claim and take it from there.
I keep obsessing over my resume because I keep getting different advice. Bold this, highlight that, put this up top, no, put it at the bottom. It’s making me insane. How perfect does a resume need to be in order to get me a job?
Well, if you constantly tweak your resume but never send it out, you have less of a chance of finding a job, right? Many people obsess over their resumes, and much of that is angst wasted on the wrong thing. Worry about the deficit, or if the new Jets coach is going to flop just like the others — you know, important things. As for the resume, obsess over typos and grammar and ensuring that it’s factually correct. All the rest has marginal impact, and no impact at all if you’re talking about what should be in bold or italic. Just make sure the skills, experience and accomplishments that are the most relevant to the job for which you are applying are listed and clear. The rest will be up to the person who receives your resume, and how you present yourself once you get a foot in the door.
Gregory Giangrande is a chief human resources and communications officer in the media industry. E-mail your career questions to gotogreg. Follow Greg on . His Go to Greg podcast series is .