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Unfortunately, you generally can't collect unemployment if you resign because to collect unemployment you need to be unemployed "through no fault of your own" and when you resign you are becoming voluntarily unemployed. You would need to prove that you are resigning in lieu of IMMEDIATE termination (i.e. "sign this resignation or you're fired"). Otherwise, it is unfortunate but in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits you need to be actually fired.
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Ultimately, the unemployment office needs to conclude that you are unemployed through no fault of your own. So, you can't really "ask" to tell your employer to resign or be fired, because if you demanded that then you would be unemployed due to your own actions. There is no "trick" way around this. The unemployment office doesn't care about labels, they care about whether there is anything you truly and legitimately could have done to avoid becoming unemployed. If they find that you intentionally became unemployed, they will deny benefits.
Generally, if you are fired for poor job performance you will be eligible for benefits. The only way you'd be denied is if your employer could prove that you were intentionally not following instructions or making no effort whatsoever to improve. In that case it might be considered "misconduct," but this is generally very hard for the employer to establish and benefits are rarely denied on this basis.
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