Job Seekers: Returning to Work

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As California’s economy reopens, job growth continues. Most people on unemployment are required to search for work to maintain their eligibility for benefits. At the EDD, we can help you get back to safe and suitable work and meet the work search requirement.

Resources to Help You Return to Work

We offer job-search assistance at no-cost to help you re-enter the workforce.

CalJOBSSM

You can search and apply for job openings using CalJOBS. With CalJOBS, you can:

  • Create different versions of your resume for specific jobs.
  • Set up alerts for job openings and apply.
  • Find education and training programs, workshops, and job fairs.
  • Access job-market trends and data to support your job search.

Visit Labor Market Information for Job Seekers to find jobs that are in demand. Use the Occupational Guides and Occupation Profile to explore career opportunities.

America's Job Center of CaliforniaSM

America's Job Center of California (AJCC) offers services that bring employers and job seekers together. AJCCs provide:

  • Job search strategies.
  • Career coaching.
  • Resume and interview preparation.
  • Access to job fairs, training, and apprenticeship programs.

To find an AJCC and schedule an appointment, visit America’s Job Center of California.

The Work Search Requirement

If you are required to look for work, we will mail you a notice explaining your specific work search requirements. The requirement to look for work begins when you receive this notice.

The requirement applies to finding suitable work that is safe to return to and is comparable to your skills, experience, usual occupation, and health. For more information, view Requirements to Look for Work (YouTube).

Participating in the work search activities below can help you answer Yes to the question, “Did you look for work?” on your certifications every two weeks. Answering No will lead to additional questions and possibly an eligibility interview to determine if you are eligible for benefits for that week. For additional help visit, Understanding the Certification Questions.

You may not be required to look for work if you don’t have childcare and you have explored all reasonable alternatives for finding childcare. However, to be paid unemployment benefits, you must still be available to work and able to accept work if you receive a job offer. The EDD will contact you if additional information is needed to determine your eligibility for benefits.

The Work Search Requirement for Regular Unemployment

If you are required to look for work, you must do one or more of the following activities to be eligible for benefits. We encourage you to document your efforts.

We will notify you to make sure you’re aware of the specific requirements for your claim.

Note: If you file a new claim for regular unemployment on July 11 or after, you must register on CalJOBS.

Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment Appointment

You may be contacted by mail about a Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) appointment. This appointment is designed to help you re-enter the workforce.

The RESEA program will help you meet all unemployment eligibility requirements and give you access to America’s Job Center of California. If selected to participate in the program, you must attend the appointment and complete the program’s services. Failure to do so may affect your benefits.

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