Be sure you request payment bi-weekly. If you request payment late, your next payment date is not pushed back.
Questions about unemployment?
While the world looks a little differently than it did at the beginning of 2020, one thing remains the same: Texans are searching for employment. TWC is here to put Texans back to work with Workintexas.com, the premier job site for Texas. With the world of in-person interviews, networking events and dropping off in-person resumes paused, here are five tips to landing your new gig!
Do Your Research
COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work. With new developments every day, in-demand industries are changing. Before you begin your job search, take some time to research the most in-demand fields to help you find a stable career. Currently, healthcare is the fastest growing industry in Texas with over 30,000 job openings. Other top industries include retail trade and education. To see hiring activity in your current field, including median salary and number of job openings across the state visit Texas Career Check.
Upskill Your Resume
Regardless of if you’re transitioning to a new field or hoping to boost your resume, upskilling can have a huge impact on your career and earnings. Workforce Solutions offices across the state are offering virtual training to help you learn new skills that will land you the career you want, and many of these trainings are free or low-cost. Find your local workforce board to see trainings available in your area.
Pro tip: Your local workforce board can also help revamp your resume to show off your new skills and tailor your work history for the job for which you are applying.
Prepare to Virtually Interview
As social distancing continues, virtual interviews will become more and more common. To be sure you ace your next virtual interview be sure to prepare in advance. This can include making sure you have the correct phone number of software for the interview, testing your internet connection and dressing for the occasion. Your local Workforce Board can assist with this process. Some local offices like Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s North Area Office are offering free wi-fi in parking lots to ensure you have the connection you need to get the job. They can also assist you in gathering information for your interview and dressing the part. Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas has been conducting training on video calls via Facebook live.
Attend a Virtual Hiring Event
State employers are flocking to virtual hiring events. These events allow employers to interview candidates on the spot and make an offer all from the safety of their home. These events are being held around the state. To find one in your area, contact your local workforce board.
Maximize your Job Search
Job searching can be a long and tiring process, that is why the Texas Workforce Commission launched WorkInTexas.com. With over 475,000 job openings available and more added every day, WorkInTexas.com brings the jobs to you. Once you create an account WorkInTexas.com will score your resume and help you find jobs that match your skill set.
Already Approved for Benefits?
Sit tight. You may be eligible for potential Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits for up to 39 weeks AND you are possibly eligible for an additional $600/wk until July 31, 2020.
Are you Self-Employed, a Contract Worker or Someone Without Significant Wages?
CARES provides assistance for Non-Traditional Applicants. Apply for benefits at ui.texasworkforce.org.
Already Applied for Benefits or Exhausted Your Unemployment Insurance? We will contact you. You do not need to follow up with us. And once you apply you will not need to take any additional steps to apply for PUA or other additional benefits. Once you submit your application we will automatically review if for any additional benefits you may be eligible for.
Available Positions in the Unemployment Insurance Program
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is currently seeking to fill multiple TC Claims Representative (Customer Service Representative II) positions in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. These positions will be located in McAllen, TX and will be crucial in helping TWC assist customers who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
What Does a TC Claims Representative do?
The TC Claims Representative will concentrate on receiving and responding to customer inquiries via telephone, social media, email or in person. The work will occur in a center environment and will consist of delivering information regarding the Unemployment Insurance Program in a timely, accurate, and positive and professional manner.
Are There Advancement Opportunities?
This is a career ladder position with the potential for advancement to a TC Claims Representative (CSR III) within one year! TWC not only offers a competitive salary but the State of Texas benefits package includes everything from health insurance, a retirement plan, and a variety of leave types. Learn about TWC jobs and benefits at www.texasworkforce.org/twcjobs.
How do I apply?
To apply for this position, or another at TWC, you will need to create an account on www.workintexas.com. For assistance with creating an account or applying for positions on www.workintexas.com, staff at local Workforce Solutions offices are available to assist you. To find the contact number for your local Workforce Solutions offices visit https://twc.texas.gov/directory-workforce-solutions-offices-services.
COVID-19 has spread fear and uncertainty throughout Texas. We here at the Texas Workforce Commissioner understand your concern and are working around the clock to provide resources to all Texans. The TWC homepage (https://twc.texas.gov/) has been updated to include important links to direct employers and jobseekers to unique webpages dedicated to providing them with information concerning COVID-19.
TWC will continue to provide up-to-date information on the spread of COVID-19 and governmental response to the virus. The health and well-being of our employers, employees and communities is our top priority. We are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers as the situation evolves.
Helping Texans Impacted by COVID-19
After you submit your unemployment benefit application, TWC staff will review your information and process your claim. In the meantime, there are a few steps you can take.
You can change your payment option online or by phone:
For more information: https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/request-benefit-payments.
For more detailed information on unemployment benefits claims, visit our Unemployment Benefits web page at: https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits.
Enrolling in Shared Work Program provides an Alternative to Layoffs During COVID-19
AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages employers to enroll in Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. The voluntary Shared Work program was developed to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business such as the impact of COVID-19.
Shared Work allows employers to supplement their employees’ wages lost because of reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits. Under the program employers can reduce normal weekly work hours for employees in an affected unit by at least 10 percent but not more than 40 percent. Shared Work unemployment benefits are payable to employees who qualify for and participate in an approved Shared Work Plan. Workers may choose not to participate. Employees who qualify will receive both wages and Shared Work unemployment benefits.
The employer can use the Shared Work Plan only for employees whose hours have been reduced. Shared Work benefits can be paid only for wages lost because of a reduction in the employee’s regular hours. Regular hours may not exceed 40 hours. An employee who normally works overtime may not receive shared work benefits for a reduction in their overtime hours.
Shared work employees must:
For more information on the Shared Work Program or to apply for the program visit https://twc.texas.gov/businesses/shared-work
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates
The following possible scenarios show how the pandemic may affect unemployment benefit eligibility.
Note: Any pension, annuity, or retirement income you receive may affect how much you receive in unemployment benefits if you are eligible. If you get paid your regular pay or sick leave while you are out of work, you may not be eligible or it may affect how much you receive if you are.
Self-Quarantine (But Not Mandated)?
Sick Family Member?
Employer Closes Business?
Employer Keeps Business Open But Lays Off Some Staff?
Employer Keeps Business Open But Reduces Staff Working Hours?
If you lose your job for reasons other than the pandemic, or if you need more information about unemployment eligibility, see Eligibility and Benefit Amounts.
Ready to apply? Logon to the Unemployment Benefits Services portal.