Register for Work


You must register for work when you apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) and you are no longer attached to an employer.  You can do this at your local IowaWORKS center or online.   If you have already registered for work on,  and have created a Employer Searchable resume you have met this requirement and no action is needed.

To Register for Work in Iowa, you must complete the registration and a resume using the IowaWORKS website

You must log in and complete all questions.  NOTE:  It is important to register using your social security number (SSN), the system may not be able to find your information based on your name and other identifying information.  If you do not use your SSN, we may be unable to verify that you have registered for work and benefits may be withheld until this requirement has been verified.

A valid work registration will be considered valid when , at a minimum, the following is in the claimant's IowaWORKS account:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Email address 
  • 1 desired job title
  • Education
  • Most recent employer or experience, including internships, volunteer work or military experience with a minimum of 20 word job description
  • 6 job skills selected
  • IowaWORKS account must be active
  • Resume Status must be Active and Online Status must be "Online"
    • Create a resume by clicking on "Resume Builder" from the left navigation bar or in the "Job Seeker Services" box on the dashboard
    • Click on the green button "Create New Resume".
    • Select "Create Comprehensive Resume" and click "Next.
    • Select "Yes, my resume will be available online for employers to view" and click "Next"
    • Complete each section of the resume.
    • When completed, select the green button "Save Resume & Return".
  • Virtual Recruiter must be set up

For any questions about completing your work registration or setting up your resume, contact your local IowaWORKS center

Failure to complete the online application will result in the denial of your unemployment benefits if you are required to look for work.  

Additional information is available.  Review these Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance. For additional information or to better understand the eligibility requirements, please refer to the Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook or contact Customer Service at 866-239-0843.