In order to maintain eligibility for unemployment benefits, you are required to make a minimum of two job contacts each week, unless this requirement is waived by the department. The work search requirement may be waived if you are temporarily unemployed and expect to be recalled by your former employer within a reasonable period of time (generally 4 weeks or less), are unable to work or if you are in school and approved for Department Approved Training (DAT) or you are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits due to a medical diagnosis or lack of childcare directly related to COVID-19. Your work search requirement is determined each time a claim is filed.
In order to meet the work search requirements, you must make the two job contacts between Sunday and Saturday of the week you are claiming benefits.
The work search must be a reasonable and honest effort to find suitable work. Failure to do so may result in the denial of benefits. Participation in reemployment services activities may qualify as a work search.
You must be willing to accept a reasonable wage for the job for which you are applying. You may not apply for the same position with the same employer more than once every six weeks.
You must keep a Work Search Log of all work search contacts for a period of one year after you stop claiming benefits and be ready to provide a copy if requested by IWD. Failure to comply may result in denial of benefits.
The work search record must include all of the following:
- Date of the contact/event
- Company name/event name
- Address, phone number, website URL or email address
- Contact name (If available)
- Method of contact i.e. in person, online, email, mail
- Results of contact
Members of a union hiring hall are required to be in good standing and must contact the union in accordance with hall rules.
Review these Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance.