How to Handle a Meeting With Unemployment

How to Prepare for a Meeting With Your Unemployment Office

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In some states, unemployed workers may be required to meet with unemployment department representatives for job search and/or re-employment assistance.

First of all, don't panic. In many cases, it's a routine meeting designed to assist with your job search. Be sure to bring records of your work search if you are required to apply to a certain number of jobs each week.

How You Will be Notified About the Meeting

If you are required to attend a meeting, you will most likely get a letter similar to this from your state unemployment office:

We would like to extend our assistance in helping you get back to work as soon as possible. In order for us to properly assist and guide you, we have scheduled an appointment for you on (Date/Time).

Your meeting may be an individual meeting or a group meeting with other unemployed workers. Either way, it's important to prepare in advance so the counselor knows that you are completing all your unemployment eligibility requirements.

How to Handle a Meeting With Unemployment

Review these tips on how to handle a meeting with unemployment, so you're prepared in advance.

Show Up. If you are invited to a meeting, attendance is mandatory. Unless you have a legitimate reason for not going (illness, for example), you may jeopardize your unemployment benefits if you don't show up.

Rescheduling. If you need to reschedule your meeting, do so as much in advance as possible. Contact information should be on the letter you receive.

If not, contact your state unemployment office for information on rescheduling.

Be on Time. Arrive a few minutes early and be prepared to go through a security line to enter the office.

Dress Appropriately. Dress as though you were going to work. Don't wear sweatpants or other casual clothes. It's important to show that you are serious about finding a new job.

Have a Work Search List. Bring a list of the jobs you have applied to and information on how you applied for each position (online, email, in-person, etc.).

Bring Your Resume. Bring a copy of your resume or you may be assigned to a resume writing class.

Pay Attention. Pay attention to your counselor and the suggestions they give you. Don't interrupt and be sure to say thank you after the meeting. If it's a group session, don't monopolize the conversation.

What to Disclose

Finally, it's important not to disclose too much information. There's no need to mention other activities you are doing while you are unemployed because you don't know how they will impact your unemployment claim. Focus on your job search and the fact that you're seeking full-time employment.

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