In my state if you receive a severance package, you cannot receive unemployment benefits until the severance period has passed. In other words, I received roughly eight weeks of severance pay so I could not receive unemployment until eight weeks after my last day of work. I met that threshold and today is the day I received my first unemployment check. Back in November I assumed I would find something before my benefits kicked in. Clearly I underestimated how bad things are out in the job market. Still I cannot help but feel like a failure for not being back at work yet. In the meantime, the benefits are nice to have.