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Search for Work While Collecting UI Benefits

Search for Work While Collecting UI Benefits

You Must Search For Work In Order To Collect Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Unless exempt by law, you must actively look for work each week you certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits. The DC Department of Employment Services offers resources to help maximize your job search. Take advantage of these no-cost resources and work with the DOES to develop an effective work search plan that suits your needs. 

Searching for work is not an easy task, but the DC Department of Employment Services resources are there to help you! Go to for more information about all the no-cost assistance available to you.

Did You Know?

  • Through the DC Department of Employment Services, you have access to many of the same  resources that private employment agencies provide, but at no cost to you.
  • The DC Department of Employment Services is more than just a place to certify weekly for Unemployment benefits, you can also learn about how you can return to work through resources such as job referrals, resume building and re-employment services.  .
  • Many Unemployment Insurance claimants do not have an effective plan for searching for work.  The DC Department of Employment Services is a great place to learn about different kinds of jobs, their availability, and how to get training for a new career path. Contact the DOES for more information and assistance with planning an effective work search.
  • Remember, in order to collect benefits, you must continually verify that you are able, available, and willing to accept suitable work. Possible conflicts like attending school during work hours or limitations with child care or transportation could limit your work availability and be an eligibility issue.  Report such issues on your claim forms.

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