Part 4: Work Search; Registration for Work; Re-employment Services

Work Search

You are required to perform at least four work search actions for each week you want to be paid unemployment benefits, unless the department clearly tell you that your work search is "waived" and you do not have to look for work.

You must keep a work search record for each week you claim benefits. The department may request evidence of your work search actions at any time. Keep copies of your work search records for 52 weeks.

The department will keep copies of work search actions submitted when you file your weekly claim online. To file online, go to

If you file your weekly claim by telephone, you must submit your work search actions for the week by mail or fax. Send a copy of your work search record for the week claimed by:

No payment will be released until your work search record has been received and validated by the department. If you need work search instructions or a sample of the work search log, go to logon using your username and password, and click on the "get work search log" link. If you do not have a username and password, you will have the chance to create one.

Falsely reporting any information on your work search record may be an act of concealment. (See Part 7: Fraud and Quality Control.)

Registration for Work

If you are required to perform a weekly work search or if you work less than full-time you must register for work with Wisconsin Job Service online at and complete a resume within 14 days of the date you completed your application for UI benefits.

If you fail to register by the deadline provided, you will not be eligible for benefits for any week prior to the date you registered. If you have questions or feel you should be waived from the requirement, contact a Claims Specialist.

If you have previously registered. you must logon to to verify that your registration and resume have not expired.

If you are applying for Wisconsin UI Benefits from another state and Wisconsin tells you to register for work or report in person, you should go to the public employment office nearest your home.

Re-employment Services

Help in Finding Employment

For re-employment services logon to or contact your nearest job center. To locate the nearest job center call 1-888-258-9966 toll free or search online at If you reside in another state contact the nearest public employment office.

Re-employment Programs

If you are registered with Wisconsin Job Service, are required to seek work, and reside in Wisconsin or a border ZIP code, you are required to complete an online orientation and assessment. When you complete the orientation and assessment, you will be notified whether you have additional requirements to participate in re-employment services. Participation in re-employment services is intended to help you return to work faster.

If you fail to participate in the re-employment services, you may lose benefits. If you cannot participate within the deadline given, contact the Job Center immediately to reschedule.

Participation in any of these required re-employment services will satisfy your work search for the week in which you participate. However, attending other employment workshops on your own can only be considered one work search contact, even if the workshop is conducted by a Job Center.

Updated: October 2, 2015

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