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Alabama Unemployment Job Search Requirements

Job search requirements are in place to make sure that unemployment compensation recipients are putting in full efforts to get into a job and not living off unemployment wages. Unless otherwise instructed, you will be required to make an active search for work. You must make a reasonable and active search for work through customary means for your occupation. Keep a list of the job contacts you make. Failure to provide evidence of an adequate work search can result in a loss of benefits.


1. Apply each week with employers who hire people with your experience, training, or skills. Your contacts should include former employers if you have reason to believe that there is some chance that you may be rehired.

2. Contact employers during hours of the day and days of the week when hiring is normally done.

3. Generally, the most successful contacts are made in-person. Under certain circumstances, however, telephone calls and resumes may be acceptable, depending on the standard job seeking practices within your particular occupation.

4. Apply to the person who has authority to hire. File written applications for work whenever you have the chance.

5. Apply for work for which you are qualified, within the normal commuting distance of your place of residence.

6. Maintain a record of the contacts that you make, listing the name of the company, the name, title and telephone number of the person with whom you spoke, the date of the contact and the type of contact (in-person, resume, email, telephone, etc).


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  1. Why can I not file my weekly certificate online? I find links to take me there but once I am on my portal there is no option to file online.

    • Hi, Lisa – if you’re unable to file your claim using the site, you can also reach someone by telephone for help: Montgomery local area 334-954-4094; Birmingham local area 205-458-2282; or other areas 800-752-7389. You also can call 800-361-4524 after 5pm Sunday through Thursday to schedule a callback for the next day.

  2. I have been filing over and over trying to get my unemployment but now it says an issue has disqaulified me how do I find out what they are talking about this is getting insanely disconcerting I been without money for many weeks nowand been kicked out of three houses

  3. I am trying get threw to the number they say call but 5 weeks never can get threw to anyone are not one representative to see why my payment benefits not been deposit to my new checking which they updated already and pending issue that show on my claim status that say blocked bank account which hasn’t been remove from a representative yet threw the inquiry claim center I have call I have email I have got on the chat line but still shows the pending issue on my claim status that stopping my benfits from being deposit in my new checking account that’s been updated weeks ago steady getting the run around and put threw loops after loops everyday time after time please how I get them to remove the pending issue that needs to be remove off my claim so my benefits and payments for my weekly claim will be deposit

  4. If my employer lays me off due to a company down and gives me a day to return to work when they anticipate shutdown to end, do I have to meet the job search requirements for Al unemployment? Since I have a job to go back to?

  5. While on unemployment, are you obligated to accept a job offer that pays extremely less an hour than your rate when laid off?

    • Kellie,

      You will be required to accept suitable employment offers. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  6. I have been doing internet weekly certification. This week I get a message that I am locked out of the weekly certification what do I need to do .

  7. I have two weekly certificates in and at first the first one showed “waiting week”. However since I filed my second one it says “not paid” does this mean I have been denied?

    • Rick,

      If you chose an incorrect option, the claim status may change accordingly. Please speak to a member of the Claims Center by calling the office.

  8. I have been job searching and I’ve been doing all the things required… why do my statues says not paid… I’ve called and called

    • Please note we’re a private forum and do not have access to your claim file. If you have difficulties reaching the agency over the phone, please explore the option of visiting an office in the vicinity.

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