Re-Employment Services (RES)
Within the Department of Workforce Development, the Division of Employment and Training (DET) and the Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) work collaboratively to provide a formalized program for jobseekers required to look for work, as a condition of receiving UI benefits. This is referred to as our Re-employment Services (RES) program. The intent of this initiative is to move people from unemployment to employment quickly. With this program, on-line services and information is combined with local services available through the Wisconsin Job Center system, maximizing partnerships between a variety of agencies working together to assist job seekers. These partnerships include representatives from Wisconsin Job Service, Workforce Development Boards, Veteran organizations and other federal, state or local agencies working collaboratively.
In accordance with both state and federal directives, we are required to:
- Identify claimants likely to exhaust their unemployment benefits and who will need job search assistance to successfully become re-employed.
- Refer identified claimants to RES.
- Collect follow-up information related to services provided.
New requirements and service strategies were implemented in March 2015 for our RES program. These changes apply to all UI claimants required to look for work. Claimants go through several compliance steps, including:
- Full registration on our jobcenterofwisconsin.com website, including development of a current resume.
- Completion of an online Re-employment Services orientation and assessment.
- Additional job search activities as required, which may include reviewing online job search tutorials or self-scheduling for in-person activities at the Job Center with Job Service staff.
Participants are selected for RES after they file a UI claim, are determined as being required to search for work, have successfully registered on the jobcenterofwisconsin.com website, and have received their first UI payment.
Using a triage-based methodology, our program is designed to determine what level of service is appropriate to help a customer become re-employed more quickly. Some customers conduct their job seeking efforts independently, some get connected with a variety of online services to assist them, and others needing more in-depth assistance will be scheduled to participate with in-person services to do a more in-depth assessment and overview to help eliminate barriers that may be keeping someone unemployed longer.
The overarching goals of RES are to help UI claimants get connected to services to get them re-employed more quickly.
If you still want to learn more about RES, visit the RES Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
For more information on other services offered, visit our Job Service webpage.