The Re-Employment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program is funded by the US Department of Labor to help Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants return to work faster.
Once you have received your first unemployment check, you will receive notification to participate in the RESEA program. Over a 5-week period, you will virtually connect with staff at our Career Center twice – once for a Career Center Seminar (CCS) followed by an RESEA Initial Orientation Meeting and – the second time, for an RESEA Review. You may sign up for a Career Center Seminar by clicking here.
If you prefer to participate in the Career Center Seminar in Portuguese, you may sign up here.
Once you have signed up for a Career Center Seminar, you will receive a link to schedule your RESEA review.
Register on mass.gov/jobquest – the state’s website for job postings.
Complete and show us your Work Search Activity Log for each week you have collected benefits. Note that during the pandemic, many claimants are not required to keep a work search log. Your RESEA counselor will inform you if this log applies to you. If you are required to keep a log, you must either apply for or research three jobs each week. The following are examples of job searching techniques:
- Networking: Every time you ask a friend, former co-worker, relative or neighbor if they have heard of any job openings.
- Walk-in: Walk into a company and inquire if they are hiring, and apply if possible.
- Web: Internet job research, or complete an on-line application or emailing a resume.
- Job Fair: Attend a job fair.
- Telephone: Call potential employers inquiring about job openings.
- Mail: Mail a resume.
- Newspaper: Search and/or apply for jobs via “help wanted.”
- Interview: Interview a job search, either by phone or in person.
- Career Center virtual visit: Attend one of the Career Center’s virtual workshops.
Create a resume and cover letter.
Research your occupation labor market information (LMI) on one of the following sites and tell us whether there is a bright outlook:
- mass.gov/jobquest and use the TORQ link: http://web.detma.org/JobQuest/TorqHelp.aspx
- 0*Net: onetonline.org/
- America’s Career Information Network: acinet.org/occ intro.asp
- US Bureau of Labor & Statistics- click on Publications tab at top of home page, and then click on Occupational Outlook Handbook bls.gov /
Between the Initial RESEA orientation and the RESEA Review, claimants should complete the free services to which you were referred. Examples include:
- Complete JobQuest search engine.
- Complete TORQ on JobQuest.
- Complete a Community Referral.
- Attend a Career Center Workshop, Job Fair, or Recruitment.
- Explore Financial Literacy at MyMoney.gov
- Send us your resume to email@example.com for job matching possibilities and email it to the person with whom you will meet for your RESEA Review.
At the RESEA review, you will need to register for a future workshop or virtual return visit to the career center.