unemployment claim: what happens if I didn't apply for any jobs?
August 2, 2010 4:06 PM Subscribe
I browsed for but didn't apply to any jobs during the first two weeks of my unemployment claim because I was in a bit of a funk. I'm applying to jobs now. Need advice on filling out the biweekly claim form to send to the unemployment office (or other general advice) so I don't jeopardize the whole claim. This is in California.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On the claim form, if I check off the box saying I was looking for work, I need to fill out a job search record showing whom I contacted and when. During the two weeks that I was only browsing.
I don't care whether I get benefits for those two weeks (well, money is nice, but I don't particularly want to lie to get it), but I'm not sure what happens if I check off "I was not looking for work" or just don't send in the form for that period. I know that claims are tricky so I'm worried that telling them that I didn't send in any resumes in that period will cause problems with the claim going through or problems in eligibility for future weeks. Same with saying "I was too sick to work" or something (which I wasn't, really. Applying for jobs is much harder for me than just showing up somewhere to work.)
I have an unrelated phone interview with the unemployment office coming up to discuss my claim (apparently they had questions about the claim.)
So, main question: has anyone in CA checked off "no" to "were you looking for work" in their biweekly claim form, especially on your FIRST form (but also curious about other weeks)? Or just not sent in a form, especially a first form? What happened (assuming your claim was approved otherwise and you sent in claim forms saying "yes, I looked for work" with adequate documentation in subsequent weeks.)?