Usually, if a person knows anything about the Employment Security Commission, it's that it's the place to go to file claims for unemployment benefits. There's no doubt that the commission's role in handing out a state's unemployment insurance benefits is crucial, especially in times of high unemployment rates.
But the mission of an Employment Security Commission is much broader than just paying out money to people who have lost their jobs. In fact, in a perfect world, the commission would be so successful at its broader goals that no one would be showing up to file for unemployment. Its real aim is to help people develop their skills and find good, lasting jobs.
Specific programs will vary by state, but most of them offer a wide range of services to both employers and those looking for jobs. They help people develop their job skills and their job-hunting skills. Most even have offices where people can go to use computers and other office equipment.
Typical services include:
- career information
- resume services
- information about available jobs
- training programs
- workshops on resumes, job hunting and interviewing
- job search resources, including computers with Internet access for online searches.
- matching those looking for jobs with employers who need specific skills
- mass hiring when businesses move into an area and want to hire workers
- fax machines and copiers for resumes and letters
- job fairs
- information about the local workforce for prospective employers and businesses considering relocation
When you're out of work, though, your first priority is usually figuring out how to file that claim to collect insurance benefits. Keep reading for insight into the process.