Jobseekers and applying for jobs

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justahotchocolate Fri 11-Jun-21 10:26:15

I’m claiming JSA, and I haven’t been given loads of info so wondered if anyone could help.

I’m a qualified teacher and also have young children so I can’t really do any temporary and agency work where it’s ad hoc as this would have childcare implications.

Once I’ve been offered a job, do I still need to keep applying for jobs until I start the job - bit muddled but you probably see what I’m getting at! I suppose what I mean is can I just apply for a few random jobs as a tick box exercise?

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Ostryga Sat 12-Jun-21 02:40:34

No, once you apply for a job and have been offered a position you just need to let them know that.

You only need to continue applying if you haven’t been offered a job. Hope that helps!

justahotchocolate Sat 12-Jun-21 07:56:16

Hmm but the advisor said to only contact them when I actually start the job. So that’s why I’m confused!

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justahotchocolate Sat 12-Jun-21 07:56:23

Thanks for replying though!

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Eew2007 Sat 12-Jun-21 08:12:34

Once you’ve started the job - ring your local job centre. It’s because your still unemployed and claiming, the job offer may fall through etc unfortunately you’ll still need to apply for jobs until you start. Good luck in your new job

justahotchocolate Sat 12-Jun-21 08:21:29

Thanks - so do I apply for them and then decline if I’m invited for interview? It’s confusing!

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Eew2007 Sat 12-Jun-21 08:59:24

The job centre at the moment are your “employer” so you need to do what is highlighted in your agreement. If you get offered an interview then yes you’ll need to attend. Until your start date your still unemployed and need to seek work.

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squiddylama Sat 12-Jun-21 09:19:50

justahotchocolate

Thanks - so do I apply for them and then decline if I’m invited for interview? It’s confusing!


That is playing the system hmm

justahotchocolate Sat 12-Jun-21 09:27:30

Well, what am I supposed to do then squiddy, very genuinely?

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JustGotToKeepOnKeepingOn Sat 12-Jun-21 09:35:44

Only apply for jobs you could actually take if it was offered.

Tulips2019 Sat 12-Jun-21 09:40:20

I was on an interview panel a few times where we had people that were unemployed, likely on JSA and just going through the motions and clearly didn’t want the job but had to apply for things to be compliant. I felt bad for them as it was so obvious, and the job was fairly niche. I suspect they thought they wouldn’t get invited to the interview!

justahotchocolate Sat 12-Jun-21 10:03:04

JustGotToKeepOnKeepingOn

Only apply for jobs you could actually take if it was offered.

Hmm but I can’t really take any and I do have to apply for some!

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Chewbecca Sat 12-Jun-21 10:07:56

What sort of job are you actually looking for?

In the initial period, you are ok to limit apps to ones you really want (not the right terminology).

Or are you actually not wanting a job at all?

Reachersloveinterest Sat 12-Jun-21 10:09:38

If you are on JSA you need to be "available for and actively seeking employment" s per your claimant commitment.

You need to be available for other work and applying for other jobs, such as temporary jobs, until you actually start the job you have been offered, then ring up and close your claim.
In theory.

In practice people don't, which is fine, and your work coach will understand. They'll usually only say anything if your doesn't start for ages. So as a teacher, say, you might be offered a job in June that doesn't start until September. Your work coach might ask you to register with a supply agency or consider tutoring to cover the three months gap.

The JSA will be paid to the the day before you start the job.

justahotchocolate Sat 12-Jun-21 10:10:01

Have you read my OP? I have a job but it doesn’t start for a while.

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Reachersloveinterest Sat 12-Jun-21 10:10:56

Chewbecca

What sort of job are you actually looking for?

In the initial period, you are ok to limit apps to ones you really want (not the right terminology).

Or are you actually not wanting a job at all?


It's called a Permitted Period, and it must be agreed in writing for set dates in the Claimant Commitment.

Reachersloveinterest Sat 12-Jun-21 10:17:32

justahotchocolate

Have you read my OP? I have a job but it doesn’t start for a while.


Yes, I have.
Does your claimant commitment cover your childcare issues and availability? There's a section about how much notice you need to start a job.

Chewbecca Sat 12-Jun-21 20:24:54

Where does your OP state that you have secured a job?

(If you have one, there is no need to keep applying, clearly).

justahotchocolate Sat 12-Jun-21 20:27:11

You’re right chewbaca - I didn’t! Sorry!

But I do need to keep applying to claim, it’s a bit confusing!

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JustGotToKeepOnKeepingOn Sun 13-Jun-21 08:45:34

When I claimed JSA and secured a job, I just told them my start date and that was it. I got paid JSA up to my start date.

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