If you are selected to participate in any of the following programs, you will be required to report to a career center. Failure to do so may affect your eligibility to receive UI Benefits.
- Career Center Seminar
- Reemployment Services (RES) Program
- Re-Employment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Program
Career Center Seminar
If requested to do so, you must sign up to attend a Career Center Seminar and learn about the wide variety of Career Center services available to help you with your job search, such as:
- Workshops on job search techniques including interviewing, networking, and resume writing
- Access to up-to-date local, statewide and national job listings
- Resources to help you find the right training opportunities
- Tools to help you conduct an effective job search
- Career planning assistance and data on in-demand and fastest growing occupations and requirements
- Access to resource room services including computers, newspapers, professional journals, business directories, fax machines and copiers, publications on job search activities and careers
- Opportunities to meet potential employers and network with other job seekers
You'll also learn about how unemployment benefits work, as well as your rights and responsibilities. Additionally, you must register with JobQuest, Massachusetts Job Matching system.
You can attend the Career Center Seminar at any of the Career Centers across the state. To schedule your attendance at a Career Center Seminar, call the Automated Career Center Seminar Scheduling System at 1-800-653-5586 or contact the Career Center nearest you.
Note: Job seekers do not have to be unemployed to use Career Center services.
Re-Employment Services (RES) Program
The Re-Employment Services (RES) Program is an initiative designed to provide intensive career center services to Unemployment Insurance claimants. First, you will attend a Career Center Seminar, as described above. After the seminar, you will work with a Job Counselor to conduct a needs assessment and to develop a Career Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will help you organize your job search and identify recommended Career Center services that are most needed to help you find a good job faster.
Re-Employment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Program
The Re-Employment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Program is a program funded by the US Department of Labor to help Unemployment Insurance recipients return to work faster. UI recipients are randomly selected to participate in the REA Program.
If selected, you will receive a notice to participate in the REA Program. You will meet one-on-one with a Re-Employment (REA) Specialist to review your Career Action Plan and your work search activities. The REA Specialist will provide you with individualized coaching and connect you with activities in the Career Center that will help you conduct a successful job search.
Once selected, your participation is mandatory and you are required to meet with your Re-Employment Specialist. Failure to comply with requirements may cause a delay or loss of your unemployment benefits.