1. 6 Tips For Managing Your
Finances During A Career
Original article by Ruth Cameron
2. On average, people will change jobs 10
times during their lifetime.
Whatever your reason for switching jobs—
whether it be a desire for a new career path or
the result of a downsizing effort—it can be a
3. If you find yourself at a career crossroad, the
first thing you can do is take control of your
Here are some tips for managing your finances
during a career transition...
4. 1. File For Unemployment Benefits
5. To qualify for unemployment insurance, your
previous employer must confirm that you were
Since each state has different eligibility
requirements, you can visit the Department of
Labor Web site (www.dol.gov) to obtain
information regarding your state.
6. 2. Understand Your Severance
7. Some companies allow you to negotiate a
Make sure you get reimbursed for outstanding
vacation days and expenses. See if your stock
options have vested in order to sell them.
8. 3. Health Insurance
9. When you get laid off, your health insurance
may end immediately. One option is COBRA, a
federal program that allows you to continue
group plan coverage.
10. The coverage period for the federal subsidy is
nine months and the eligible period for COBRA
is 18 months.
The recipient must meet certain requirements,
for more information and eligibility
requirements, please contact the Department of
Labor at www.dol.gov.
11. 4. Retirement Accounts
12. Consider rolling over eligible assets into a new
employer’s plan or into an IRA.
You need to check with your previous employer
regarding eligibility and retirement account
13. In addition, you should take into account any
potential tax consequences, as well as
expenses and sales charges and/or penalties
for selling or buying investments before
initiating a rollover.
14. 5. Reduce Spending And Avoid Debt
15. Take a look at your monthly expenses and see
here you can cut costs. Contact your credit
card company to see if you can reduce or defer
You may have to give up such luxuries as cable
TV, cell phone, or entertainment.
16. 6. Take Inventory Of Your Assets
17. Find out exactly how much you have in stock
options, mutual funds, savings accounts,
checking accounts and retirement accounts.
This will help you find out exactly where you
18. 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do
19. 1. Withdraw From Your 401(k)
20. Times may be tough, but resist the urge to
take money out of your 401(k). You will get hit
with income taxes and in some cases a 10%
21. 2. Rely On A Home Equity Line Of
22. It will be extremely difficult to obtain a home
equity loan while unemployed.
But if you already have one, be careful when
tapping into it. You could be without a job for a
lengthy period of time.
23. 3. Abuse Your Credit Cards
24. It may be tempting to purchase everything with
your credit card, but that can be a mistake.
Most credit card companies will raise your
interest rates if you miss one payment.
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