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. Failure to cooperate with the RESEA program requirements will result in a delay or loss of your unemployment benefits. There are two deadlines that must be met to avoid your Unemployment Benefits being sanctioned.
First deadline: Within 3 weeks of receiving your first Unemployment check, you are required to attend a Career Center Seminar (CCS) at a MassHire Career Center. Call (508) 513-3400 to schedule at the Brockton Career Center.
Second deadline: Within 5 weeks of receiving your first Unemployment check, you must return to a career center for an RESEA review.
Note you must meet BOTH deadlines in order to avoid sanctions to your Unemployment benefits.
The following items must be completed prior to your RESEA review. Please bring them all with you when you come in to meet with a counselor:
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. 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 visit: Attend a workshop or use the Center’s Resource Room.
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 RESEA Orientation (which happens with the Career Center Seminar) and the RESEA Review, discuss the free services or information to which you were referred. Examples: Send resume to email@example.com (Include ID and Desired Job), contact a career planner, contact another career center, register for workshop, ask a Career Center staff to review your resume.
At the RESEA Review, we will ask you to register for a future workshop or return visit to the career center, sometime after your RESEA Review.
We must determine whether or not you are able and available for work, and eligible to continue to collect UI benefits. These tasks help us with that determination. Also, these requirements will help you with your job search and provide the opportunity to find suitable employment.
Remember: Each participant has two deadline dates to complete the RESEA program: The first deadline is to attend the CCS within 3 weeks of receiving your unemployment paper check. The second deadline is your RESEA review 5-weeks from the receipt of your first check. If you go beyond either deadline date, unemployment benefits will be sanctioned.
Click here for a printer friendly PDF of these facts: RESEA Information Sheet 8-30-19