Here are some resources to help if you find yourself out of work due to the pandemic.

Check back as this page will be updated periodically as new resources become available.

File for Unemployment

How to file for unemployment benefits from the CT Department of Labor:

Renter’s Rebate Program – Essex

Here’s a quick and easy breakdown of the CARES Act from Forbes:

Information on the CARES Act for Workers and their Families & small businesses from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Contains links to get payments,

Economic Impact Payments information center.  Includes information on eligibility, calculating payments, receiving payments, etc…

To check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment:


Job & Career Connection from State of CT –  The link below offers self-assessment to help match up individuals to potential jobs and careers based on interests, skills and personality.

Career Builder – Find jobs, seek advice, lots of great tips.  Up to date with focus on Covid.  The advice page features articles on how to improve skills from home, jobs on the rise during Coronavirus, etc..

Indeed – Same info as Career Builder with focus on Covid.

Zip Recruiter – More focus on just job search

Linkedin – jobs, networking, courses (some free), advise


Resume/Cover Letter/Resources
Most of the Job/Career sites I included above offer resume writing tips.  Here are some others, there are so many, just focused on top ones that are supposedly free.


Free Online Courses to improve skills

Coursera offer courses, certificates and degrees online.  Lots of free classes for unemployed (usually have free classes, but increased due to Corona virus)

HubSpot offers quick business courses to certifications

Salesforce – Not sure if you would want to include, focuses specifically on their product but it is used in so many companies.


Online Class – Not free

Included Udemy is not free but classes are affordable and one of the top online learning sites.