Before getting unemployment compensation Ohioans must complete job-search requirements

Before collecting any unemployment payment

By MARC KOVAC @ohiocapitalblog mkovac@dixcom.com Published:

COLUMBUS -- Out-of-work Ohioans applying for unemployment compensation now must complete a series of job-search requirements in order to receive benefits, under legislation signed into law a year ago that took effect in April.

House Bill 2 passed on lopsided bipartisan votes in June 2013, requiring claimants to post resumes and complete other tasks through the state's recently revamped OhioMeansJobs.com website.

New claimants now are automatically registered with the state website by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. They have eight weeks thereafter to upload a resume for potential employers to review. In subsequent weeks, claimants must complete online skill and career assessments and related profiles, among other requirements.

Claimants are given schedules for completing the tasks after they initially file for unemployment compensation. Those who fail to meet the requirements risk having their benefits withheld.

"The longer individuals are unemployed, the harder it becomes for them to find work," Cynthia C. Dungey, Ohio ODJFS director, said in a released statement. "Therefore, it's important that Ohio provide immediate job-search assistance to out-of-work Ohioans. I encourage anyone looking for a job in Ohio to log on to OhioMeansJobs.com as soon as possible, especially unemployment compensation claimants who want to avoid a disruption in benefits."

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