Ohio Job Seekers Face New Rules Aimed At Faster Employment

Unemployed Ohioans face new rules to qualify for benefits.(Photo: Flickr)
Unemployed Ohioans face new rules to qualify for benefits.(Photo: Flickr)

There are some new rules unemployed Ohioans must follow in order to get their unemployment checks. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is now requiring recently enrolled Ohioans to complete parts of a job search process before they can get payments. Ben Johnson of the state agency explains the new requirements.

“Starting in April, we began automatically posting a resume to Ohio means Jobs dot com for every new applicant for unemployment compensation. And then the applicants have some requirements. Their first requirement is to visit Ohio means Jobs dot com and log in and replace that boiler plate resume with an updated and more personalized resume. And then moving forward, there are some assessments they take and eventually a career profile and there are various weeks by which they must complete these requirements.”

Johnson says the new process is designed to be more effective for job seekers.

“One of the things that we know is the longer someone is unemployed, the harder it becomes for him or her to find the next job. And so we want to connect people as soon as possible with the career counseling and job search services that we offer here at Job and Family Services.”

Johnson says those looking for work need to log onto Ohio means Jobs dot com and begin to get familiar with the website and with how to search and apply for a job online.