Illinois Work Search Requirements

The law states that you must be actively looking for work on your own initiative. You must register with the Illinois Employment Service system at, or you may register at an IDES office. Your work preferences and skills will be matched to available job openings. Staff members are available at the IDES offices to provide assistance with your job search. In addition, you may be asked to regularly inform IDES about:

1. What you are doing to find workv.
2. The kind of work you have been seeking.
3. Your prospects of being hired.

Keep a record of when and where you apply for work. If you search for work at, your efforts will be recorded there. You can also use a Work Search Record form available on our website: IDES.

If your period of unemployment becomes extended, you may have to consider altering your requirements to improve your chances of finding work.