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Work Search Requirements

Montana Work Registration Program

You must register for work and remain actively registered with Job Service, unless you are told otherwise by the Montana unemployment office. You may do so by going to your local Job Service office or on This website is different from the one you used to file your claim. Your registration remains active by logging into your account and using a reemployment service, such as resume updating and job search assistance at least once every 90 days.

Failure to register to work or remain active will put a stop to any future payments. If you live in another state, you must register at the Job Service in your area and remain actively registered. You may be asked to provide proof of your registration.

You will also need to apply for work and make appropriate employer contacts each week. According to the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, you are required to make at least one work search contact per week and the contact must be made during the days of the week that you are claiming for benefits.

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Complete details on Montana work search requirements can be found on the Montana unemployment insurance website.

What You Need for Work Registration

To fulfill work search requirements, you can register with Montana Job Services online at You’ll need to provide your full name, social security number and date of birth. You also need to create a username and password that you’ll use to sign in. You must keep a detailed log of all your work search activities. You can find a printable log at the end of the Montana Claimant Handbook.

The Worker Profiling and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) programs are designed to help people who may need extra help getting a job or returning to work. If you are selected for either program, or both, you will be notified by mail and you must participate. If you do not respond on time or refuse to attend, your benefits will be denied.