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Work Search Requirements  

Ohio Work Registration

When you apply for Unemployment Insurance with ODJFS, once your initial application is submitted, there are certain work search activities you must complete each week in order to qualify and continue to collect benefits.

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Ohio’s Work Registration Program  

When you file an initial application for Unemployment Insurance Compensation, you are required to search for work and must complete reemployment activities at OhioMeansJobs.com. Everything must be completed by the dates listed on your New Claim Instruction Sheet.

If you do not complete the following required steps, your benefits will stop until you comply accordingly:

  1. Create or upload a resume with specifics about your work history.
  2. Complete the "Career Profile" assessment to identify careers that match your skills and interests.

For details of new and changing requirements click here.

NOTE: If your application for Unemployment Insurance benefits shows an expected return-to-work date, verification from an employer will be required. If you are a student or in a union, you must show proof of status, as well. If ODJFS verifies your claim application, your work search requirement could be waived.

What You Need for Work Registration

You will receive a New Claim Instruction Sheet from ODJFS within a week listing dates and actions needed on your part. When you visit the OhioMeansJobs website, you will register and follow the instructions for unemployed individuals.

There are specific activities you must complete before weeks 8 and 20 of your Unemployment Insurance claim. You will have an account where all of your unemployment claim information is located. You can maintain and update any changes through the OhioMeansJobs website 24 hours a day.