Looking for work can be frustrating enough, but doing so while collecting unemployment can be even more frustrating. That's because you have to take the time to verify your job search efforts to continue collecting your benefits. While job search criteria may vary depending on the state where you collect unemployment benefits, there are certain activities that provide proof you are looking for work.
Select Appropriate Activities
Job interviews, either by phone or in person, are not the only activities that offer proof you are looking for a job. Other activities include completing and sending job applications to potential employers, making visits to different companies to inquire about job openings, attending job fairs, updating or preparing resumes and participating in training to improve your skills and employment prospects. These activities are easy to document and verify.
Keep a Log or Journal
The key to proving you are looking for work is to document your efforts. This includes capturing detailed information about the type of activity and specifics such as dates, times, contact names and phone numbers. If you attend a job interview, for instance, you should record the date and time the interview took place, the name of the company, the name of the person who interviewed you, her contact info, and the position you interviewed for. You can create a log book or journal to document this information, or use a form available from your state unemployment office. For example, Texas residents can download a work search log form to capture search details.
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