Have you recently been laid off? Are you unsure of what you should do next? OhioMeansJobs understands how difficult and confusing it can be. That’s why we provide a variety of services and resources to laid-off workers across Ohio. We can walk you through the resume writing process, show you how to apply for unemployment insurance, and help you explore options that will allow you to retrain or update your skills. Additional resources are available here.


Unemployment Insurance (UI) is administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Laid-off workers can apply for UI online. Job seekers collecting unemployment insurance are required by ODJFS to register with OhioMeansJobs. Our staff can help job seekers with online job matching service as well. Click here for information.


Your resume is your chance to showcase the skills and qualities that make you the right person for the job. Resumes help employers make hiring decisions, so yours must be structured and worded well. OhioMeansJobs’ career advisors can assist you with resume writing that will allow you to put your best foot forward. All of our offices have services available in our Resource Centers. These rooms offer job seekers free computer access to create or update a resume, or to search for jobs online. OhioMeansJobs’ trained staff will also be there to advise you on how to produce successful cover letters and resumes, save your resume in your email, or fax your resume and other required forms to employers. You also have the opportunity to print copies of your resume to take to job interviews, if needed.


Losing a job can be an opportunity to retrain or update skills. OhioMeansJobs staff can help you explore your options. We also provide tuition assistance with funds provided by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). Every year, we assist hundreds of eligible laid-off workers with funds to retrain. Laid-off workers receiving unemployment compensation with approval from OhioMeansJobs can go back to school and collect their unemployment insurance benefits.