My (Re)Employment Plan, is a new offer unemployed Kansans “can’t refuse.”

It’s a free program designed to increase the probability that the state’s unemployed can find work. The job search skills and training offered by the program should prove useful, but don’t think this is an option you can pass on: individuals who fail, without good cause, to participate in this service will lose their unemployment benefits until “such time as they can demonstrate a reasonable job search.”

In the past, individuals just had to show they were looking for a job in order to continue to receive their unemployment benefits. Not anymore.

The reemployment program “blends enhanced workforce services with personal responsibility to get Kansans back to work faster,” said Gov. Jeff Colyer,

The program is a collaboration between the Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas Department of Commerce and the KANSASWORKS Workforce System. The program, called “My (Re)Employment Plan” connects unemployment recipients with workforce service professionals in their area. Unemployed Kansans who are receiving benefits will be provided, personalized job search assistance, including:

Creation of a personalized “My (Re)Employment” Plan that focuses on goals and accountability

• Skills assessment to match interests and skills with occupations,

• Resume, interview, and networking assistance, and

• Labor market information highlighting current in-demand jobs.

Kansas jobseekers assigned for My (Re)Employment Plan services will be referred to one of 21 KANSASWORKS facilities throughout the state. Participants will be notified by mail around the midpoint of their unemployment claim. The notification will provide appointment details, including where and when the jobseeker will receive services, and the steps they need to take to better prepare for a successful job search.

“Kansas is experiencing low unemployment and Kansas businesses are ready to hire qualified workers,” said Governor Jeff Colyer. “The My (Re)Employment Plan program will connect unemployed job seekers with the 48,000 job openings at businesses across the state.”

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