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Expansion to Claimant Work-Search Requirements

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is adding new ways to meet your work-search requirements.

Previously, unemployment claimants were required to apply for jobs with at least 2 different employers each week. Now, you can meet your work-search requirements by conducting 2 work-search activities each week. Acceptable work-search activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying for jobs
  • Interviewing for suitable work
  • Attending a job fair
  • Creating a personal user profile on a professional networking site (such as LinkedIn)
  • Creating and maintaining a reemployment plan
  • Creating and maintaining a searchable, active resume
  • Participating in the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) and/or Unemployment Compensation Reemployment Services (UCRS) programs
  • Completing a career profile in
  • Any other good faith reemployment strategy reasonably expected to result in reemployment

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LinkedIn: A New Option for Unemployment Claimants in Ohio

Ohio is partnering with LinkedIn to help you in your re-employment journey: You can use LinkedIn in addition to OhioMeansJobs to help meet your work-search requirements.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this resource, please visit our website at where you can find out more.

Work Search and Reemployment Activity Reminder

Claimants who file new applications for unemployment compensation and who are required to search for work must complete these reemployment activities at

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.

These activities must be completed by the dates specified on your New Claim Instruction Sheet. If they are not, your benefits may STOP until the activities are completed.

For more information about the requirements, CLICK HERE

For help navigating, click on the links below:

Accessing and Logging into DESK AID | VIDEO

Creating or Uploading a Resume in DESK AID | VIDEO

Creating a Career Profile in DESK AID | VIDEO

NOTE: If your application indicates an expected return-to-work date, verification from an employer will be requested. If you indicated that you are a student or in a union, proof of student or union status will be required, as well. If verified, your work search requirement may be waived.

Help Prevent Fraud

ODJFS needs your help to prevent unemployment fraud and improper payments. If you're a claimant, provide accurate and timely information regarding your work and earnings, job searches, and other eligibility requirements. If you're an employer, provide accurate and timely responses to requests for information. Report unemployment fraud at

SharedWork Ohio Works for You

SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, the participating employer reduces affected employees' hours in a uniform manner. The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides eligible individuals an unemployment compensation benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. For more information, go to

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