Transitioning from the University

1. Retirement

Learn more about retiree benefits.

2. Reduction in Force Information & Resources

If you were a reduction in force employee, please review the documents and follow the steps below:

  1. View and complete the RIF Checklist.
  2. View the RIF Employee Summary of Rights & Benefits.
  3. View and complete the RIF temp employment pool election (optional).
  4. Complete the university Exit Survey.
  5. Place an out of office message on your voicemail and louisville.edu email account (e.g., Thank you for contacting me. Unfortunately, I do not have access to this email (voicemail) and therefore am unable to assist you. Please contact (department contact) at (department email) for assistance).
  6. Contact the unemployment office at http://www.oet.ky.gov if you would like to learn more about unemployment insurance. 


Employee Assistance Program – Human Development Company

If interested, please contact HDC within 30 days of the Reduction in Force. HDC offers some free services such as eight counseling session for stress & anxiety, 30 minutes of free legal advice, etc. Through HDC website you can register for the Work/Life Website which has helpful information.

Website: https://www.humandev.com/

Phone: 502.589.4357 or 800.877.8332


Resume & Interview Tips*

It is always beneficial to keep your resume up-to-date and interview skills polished. 

 Key Information to Include on a Resume:

  • Contact Information
  • Opening Statement: Summary or Objective
  • Work History with dates
  • Education with dates
  • Soft Skills and Technical Skills
  • Certifications and Professional Memberships
  • Achievements and Awards
  • Additional Sections (Community Involvement, Volunteering, etc.)

Helpful Information to Include in a Cover Letter:

  • Header – Contact Information
  • Personal Greeting – Greet the reader (if you aren't sure who the reader is, write "To whom it may concern")
  • Introduction – Who you are (don't spend too much time here)
  • Qualifications and why you're a good fit – Discuss the position and why you are a qualified candidate (use qualifications relevant to the position)
  • Signature – Close out reiterating why you are a strong candidate and what you can do for the position and your signature

Tips to Prepare for an Interview:

  • Do your research
  • Practice answering common interview questions
  • Thoroughly review the job description
  • Be prepared to provide examples of specific work related skills and resolutions
  • Create a list of references (Secure references prior to interview)
  • Ask at least three questions

Post Interview Tips:

  • Follow-up to all interviewers with a thank note or email (if information is available)
  • If no longer interested in the position, formally withdraw from consideration 
  • Continue to apply for other positions you are interested in

*These are only suggestions and not guaranteed solutions to securing employment


Helpful Contacts:

Benefits questions- email retplan@louisville.edu

All other Benefits questions- email benefits@louisville.edu

RIF or employment questions- email employ@louisville.edu

International Center for VISA questions-email intcent@louisville.edu

Payroll for paycheck questions- email payroll@louisville.edu


Post Employment Benefits

COBRA

Eligible employees can continue health insurance after leaving the university through COBRA for a period of 18 months. Learn more >>

Insurance Conversion and Portability Option

Life Insurance

Regular full-time employees receive Basic life insurance equal to twice their annual salary, up to a maximum of $200,000. This policy and any supplemental coverage that you purchase can be converted to a whole life policy after leaving employment at U of L, provided you make your request and pay the premium within 31 days of your termination/resignation. MetLife will be mailing you a personalized notice regarding your conversion and/or portability options. Please contact us immediately at 852-2983 if you do not hear from them, as you only have 31 days from your termination date to enroll. Or you may contact MetLife directly at 1-877-275-6387.

Option to convert when your life insurance ends because:

  • cease to be in an eligible status;
  • end of employment;
  • end of Group Policy and a policy holder for at least 5 continuous years.

Option to convert when your life insurance is reduced:

  • on or after the date you attain age 60;
  • change from one eligible class to another; or
  • due to an amendment of the Group Policy.

View Portability and Conversion options

Unemployment Compensation 

Employee Relations is responsible for administering the Unemployment Insurance Program, including processing and reviewing unemployment claims. Learn more >>

Questions about benefits after you leave the university? Contact the Benefits Team at