Illinois Unemployment Job Search Requirements

Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to qualified individuals who have lost their jobs and continue to meet eligibility requirements. These benefits are provided to help an unemployed person survive until he finds a new job. Job search requirements are in place to ensure that an unemployed individual is focusing on getting back to work and not living off unemployment compensation.

Illinois Job Search Requirements are:

  • You must actively look for work each week you certify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
  • All claimants are required to document their work search activities.
  • In order to collect benefits, you must continually certify that you are able, available, and willing to accept suitable work.

Possible conflicts such as attending school during work hours, travel, or limitations with child care or transportation could limit your work availability and cause an eligibility issue. Remember to report such issues on your claim and / or certification forms.

Many UI claimants do not have an effective plan for searching for work. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) offers resources to help maximize your job search. Take advantage of these no-cost resources and work with IDES to develop an effective work search plan that suits your needs.

IDES helps you return to work through job referrals, job fairs, resume building, apprenticeships, Veteran programs and re-employment services.



  1. I have a weird health condition. I can’t work outside home anymore and my workplace will terminate me at the end of my medical leave. Can I get unemployment?

    • Hi, there – in Illinois, if you must leave your job because a medical condition was aggravated by the job, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. However, you must be able to show that your employer did not have any other work that you could have performed within the limits of your disability. These cases can be quite complex; you may want to reach out to a qualified and knowledgeable disability attorney, who can advise on the strength of your claim.

  2. I get Social security. I work part and have been laid off because of the virus. Can I collect unemployment

    • Terry,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  3. I just got laid off from a company in Illinois, I live in Wisconsin. Do I apply for unemployment in Il or Wi?

  4. My unemployment ran out after 6 months and now it’s been 11 months and a have not been able to find a job. Is there any kind of extension I can receive?

    • The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    • We are not a govt. organisation.Please provide more details surrounding your question.

      May be we can help!

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