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Work Search

To receive Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must:

Complete two Work Search Activities each week.

Visiting is a quick and easy way to complete your Work Search Activities.

Find additional job search resources here.

Keep a written record of your weekly Work Search Activities.

DWD can verify your work search activities at any point during your claim. If your activities are found to be incomplete or inaccurate, your benefits may be denied.

Save all confirmation emails or documentation for six (6) months after the work search activity occurred to prove your work search activity.

Simplify this process by using DWD's Work Search Log. (Spanish Version) (Burmese Version) (Arabic Version)

The English and Spanish work search logs have recently been updated. The updated Burmese and Arabic versions will be available as soon as possible.

Work Search Activities

A qualifying work search activity includes:

Job Preparedness & Networking ActivitiesEmployer Contact Activities
  • Create a resume
  • Create a cover letter
  • Create/Update a LinkedIN account or an account on another professional
    networking website
  • Attend a Job Fair/Networking Event
  • Submit a job application for an employer that has, or is expected to have, job openings
  • Follow through on job referrals or job development attempts as directed by state workforce or unemployment insurance staff
  • Make contact or in-person visits to employers who have, or are expected to have, job openings.
  • Interview for a job
  • Job Shadowing
WorkOne ActivitiesOnline Activities
  • Attend WorkOne (RESEA) Orientation
  • Create a Re-employment Plan @WorkOne
  • Attend WorkOne initial interview or Follow-Up Meeting
  • Complete a WorkOne Workshop
  • Complete an Assessment/Test (TABE, Accuplacer, WorkKeys, etc.)
  • Apply for or participate in employment and training services provided by partner programs @ WorkOne
  • Upload your resume to Indiana Career Connect
  • Register for work with Indiana Career Connect
  • Click on Pivot, an Indiana Workforce Engine, in CSS
  • Search for jobs online (Indiana Career Connect, Indeed, LinkedIn, Monster, etc.)
  • Complete a Career Related Assessment (through Indiana Career Connect, Indiana Career Explorer, etc.)
  • Discover Labor Market information
  • Complete an online Workshop

Claimants are encouraged to complete work search activities which secure full-time work, or positions the claimant to secure full-time work. Other activities reported by a claimant will be reviewed to determine if the activity constitutes a valid work search activity.

Work Search Waivers

Your work search requirement may be waived if:

  1. You are enrolled in training approved by DWD;
  2. you are a job-attached worker with a specific recall date that is not more than 60 days from the date of separation; or
  3. you are a member in good standing of a DWD-authorized union hiring hall.

If you are unsure if you should complete weekly work search activities, visit our Contact page to speak to a representative.

Re-Employment Services (RESEA)

You also will be required to show previous weeks' logs when you are required to appear in person to your local WorkOne Career Center for Re-Employment Services. You will be notified when you have been selected for this service. Full participation in the RESEA program is required to continue receiving unemployment insurance. If you have questions about this program please contact your local WorkOne office.

Help with Work Search Activities & Getting Back to Work

DWD offers a variety of services to Job Seekers looking to enter the workforce, return to the workforce or locate education and training opportunities. Our WorkOne Career Centers are the heart of our workforce development system. The WorkOne staff can assist you in understanding the INDemand Jobs of today, help you determine your interests and abilities, offer access to training opportunities and provide information needed to succeed in today’s economy.

DWD Job Search Page


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