Work Search Letter

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Work Search Letter

Governor Eric J. Holcomb recently signed Executive Order 21-13 that brings back the requirement that claimants need to search for work to receive unemployment insurance. You must be able, available for, and actively seeking full-time work starting with benefit week June 6-12, 2021. 

What does this mean for you? Starting the week of June 6-12, 2021, DWD will review your answers to the weekly claim questions about being able, available, and searching for work. If your answers show that you may not be able and available, or were not searching for work, your benefits may be delayed or denied.

What counts as an active search for work? You must complete at least one work search activity each week. You can choose from a list of activities to meet this requirement, such as:

  1. Submitting a job application, or
  2. Attending an interview, or
  3. Completing an online employment workshop.

A list of approved work search activities is available on our website at IN Unemployment: Work Search. This page contains additional help that will assist you with work searches, including DWD’s Work Search Log, which you can use as a written record of the activities you completed for each week. DWD can request to view record of activities at any point during your claim.

Individuals also may be required to participate in Indiana’s Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment program (RESEA). After receiving unemployment for four weeks, UI clients may be required to come to a WorkOne Center for reemployment services. You will receive a letter if you are required to participate in this program.  Failure to participate can lead to a delay or denial of UI benefits.

Find more questions and answers regarding work search requirements at IN Unemployment: Work Search or in The Claimant Handbook.  Also, make sure that you have created a profile in Indiana Career Connect using your Uplink username and password. This resource provides multiple ways to complete the required work search activities, including career training. 

Additionally, the last payable week for the federal pandemic unemployment insurance programs will be week ending June 19, 2021. This means that if you are receiving the additional $300 FPUC payment, the last week that you will receive this payment is June 19. Also, if you are on the PEUC or PUA program, the last week that you will receive payment is June 19.

Other online job search and training resources include:

Hoosier Talent Network:  Job-matching and career-planning site powered by artificial intelligence to help Hoosiers find the right job and uncover new opportunities.

Workforce Ready Grant: Pays the tuition and fees for eligible high-value certificate programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, Indiana Institute of Technology, or other approved providers.

180 Skills: Delivers free high-quality, online, technical, employability, and compliance manufacturing skills training aligned with the needs of employers.

InDemand Jobs: Focuses on high-demand, high-wage jobs for today and tomorrow. The demand indicator used is based on a methodology that ranks all Indiana jobs based on future growth and wages.

Also, Hoosiers can visit their local WorkOne center to learn about reemployment services. WorkOne locations can be found here: