Individuals wishing to continue to receive unemployment benefits are required to perform work search activities. To be eligible for unemployment benefits you are required to complete at least three work search activities each week, unless directed otherwise by the Division.
A work search activity is an attempt made to obtain employment or to resume work. Any part-time work performed during the week also satisfies the completion of a work search activity on a per-day basis. For each week you make a Weekly Request for Payment of Unemployment Insurance benefits, you are required to complete three work search activities unless you are in approved training, have a definite recall date from an employer, or are part of a Shared Work Program.
Make sure your work search activity record is up to date in uinteract.labor.mo.gov. You may enter your work search activities during the week or when filing your Weekly Request for Payment. After logging in, select Weekly Request for Payment and then select Enter Work Search Details. Click the Save button after each work search activity is entered. Failure to complete three work search activities may result in the denial of benefits. You may update your work searches anytime throughout the week, but you will still need to file your Weekly Request for Payment after the week has ended in order to receive benefits for the week.
Examples of Acceptable Work Search Activities:
Work search activities can be completed in various ways. Some examples of valid work search activities include, but are not limited to:
Part-time employment performed during the week credited on a per-day basis. (Ex. – An individual who works on Tuesday and Thursday of the week will be credited as having completed two work search activities).
Earnings from any work performed must be reported when a Weekly Request for Payment is made.
Missouri Job Center Assisted:
· Accessing and searching for work on MoJobs.gov
· Participating in a Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) appointment
· Responding to a Missouri Job Center work referral
· Participating in a Missouri Job Center workshop
· Submitting a paper application for employment
· Visiting employer(s) about job openings
· Attending job interview(s)
· Attending Job Fair(s)
· Following up with employer(s) about job openings
· Employer Website (Completing web-application)
· Virtual job interviews
· Creating a personal user profile on web-based networking and job posting sites (Ex. - Monster, Craig’s List, LinkedIn, Indeed)
· Creating a reemployment plan
· Creating a resume
· Participating in online training during the week credited on a per-day basis. (Ex. – An individual who attends training on Tuesday and Thursday of the week will be credited as having completed two work search activities).
Union Member with a Hiring Hall:
If you are a union member with a hiring or referral hall, contacting your hall 3 times during the week or participating in union-sponsored training is acceptable.
Missouri Job Centers are available to assist unemployed workers with these requirements by providing customized job searches through http://jobs.mo.gov, job fairs, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) appointments, workshops to help develop and refine skills, and other training programs. Employers are encouraged to post job openings on MoJobs. For more information about services available through the Missouri Job Centers, visit http://jobs.mo.gov.