Discussion 22: UI Benefits and More

Job Club Heart of Texas, Job Search | 77 comments

Below you will find a notice from the Texas Workforce Commission. This notice is to inform you of the latest information available on UI benefits. Please read it carefully. If you have any questions, just ask! Here’s the link: https://campusjobxpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/TWC-EXTENDED-BENEFITS.pdf

We have UI Specialists monitoring the Job Club. They will research your questions and will post the official answer from the Texas Workforce Commission. They will also give you the website and online location to find your own answers. The Workforce Center and the CampusJobXpress Staff understand what is happening to your benefits and will assist you in any way possible.

We have a Job Fair December 13th from 10am to 2pm at the Waco Heart of Texas Workforce Center at 1416 South New Road. Plans are to keep this employment effort going through the month of January.

In February, there are plans for another larger Job Fair. It is important for you to update your resume. Even though you may have had your resume done by someone you rely upon, please allow us to review it. We are also encouraging everyone who feels they would be a good candidate for the video resume, to please send us an email so that we may make an appointment for you to accomplish this.

If you have questions, ask now so that we can work on giving you the proper answers. If you have been performing job searches and have not found that that job is for you, then, please post those jobs for others to review.

We have a Resume Class Tuesday through Thursday at 9:00 am and at 10:30am. Computer Classes are available at 2:00pm on Tuesdays, Microsoft Word Classes on Wednesdays at 2:00pm and on Thursdays, we have an Excel Class, also at 2:00pm.

So, in conclusion for this discussion, give us your UI questions, your Job Fair questions and let us know of any employer you would like for us to invite to future job fairs. Thank you very much!





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  1. Candice Lovell

    I would love to come to the job fair, is it by invitation only? Also, I recently had to file a extension for my UI benefit’s and was told they would expire after this month, even though I have not drawn the limit.Why are they expiring after this month, I was told everyone’s is.

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  3. markbeadle

    Good Morning Job Seekers.
    That is some good information for to use.
    Look forward to it.

  4. evelyn dickerson

    I’m in the ged class thru the Texas Work Force,I’m trying to get in to College,,And i had to file for a extension for my UI Benefits.And i will be at the Job Fait tommorow.have a bless day.

  5. jannpage

    Good Morning job seekers. This is from Jann Page. I filed for an extension on 12-6-12 and received notice of continued benefits thru Dec.2012. When I called the listed phone number I was given the information that after Dec no benefits would be available. I know it has something to do with the current goverment issues and the federal cuts. I feel cheated because I had worked for the same employer for 16 years. However I understand it is in the hands of the goverment and we have to just wait and see. WHAT A BUMMER!!!!

  6. tommyharper

    Looking forward to tomorrows job fair.

  7. lancesanders

    Hey all, yea I got an email about the job fair. I plan on attending it tomorrow .

  8. ljwp

    Good morning fellow job seekers!

    Yes Jann, the future of any additional UI benefits after December 29, 2012, is in the hands of the disfunctional government in place in Washington D.C.. We can only pray that reason will creep in, somehow and things will be resolved, very soon.

    Have a blessed day, everyone.

    Linda Parten

  9. sheilaparrish

    Hi Sheila Parrish here,
    I also had to apply for emergency benefits but was told that it is really only until Dec 2012. So what happens if the government does reach a decision and say that the decision is positive or good, Will our benefits continue or do we have to re-apply?
    Thank you

  10. Charles Becker

    good morning fellow job club.This is Chuck Becker; thank you for the information and the link for more info. Have a Good Day.

  11. jannpage

    Sheila, I was told that even if the requested payment is denied to continue requesting every 2 weeks just like we have been doing. Then if something changes (to our benefit) our claim is still active and TWC will look back at the times we requested payment and go from there. I could have a misunderstaning of this issue, just will wait and see. All we can do.(from jann page)

  12. sheilaparrish

    Hi Jann,
    Thanks for the information. I am reading over the information in the link they provided. Thanks so much for everything.
    Sheila Parrish

  13. Ron Stratton

    I appreciate the update. Have any more employers been added to the job fair tomorrow? …Amen!, Linda Parten

  14. Susan Wade

    Good morning everyone, Susan Wade here. I, too, am receiving the extended federal UI benefits. Should we keep requesting payments after the end of the year? Are the benefits different for different parts of the country? I seem to recall people in the northeast receiving these benefits for longer periods of time, but that may have just been the press reporting erroneous information.

  15. Michael Dutton

    The confusing part of the Tier II is that the normal request benefit date is 12/16/12 in order to get benefits from the two work weeks prior. I can understand that this reporting and payment would go through just fine.

    The problem comes in for the following two work weeks covering 12/16/12 to 12/22/12 (work week 1)& 12/23/12 to 12/29/12 (work week 2). Normally the benefit request date would be 12/30/12.

    Will the system let you make a benefit claim for just work week 1 and allow you to request benefits on 12/22/12?

    Should we continue to request benefits on the normal schedule in case congress extends the benefits at the last moment?

  16. Melvin Freeman

    Thanks for the info.

  17. Melvin Freeman


  18. Frances Gerick

    Good morning everyone. I, too, am receiving extended UI benefits and will only get maybe two payments of that when it stops on December 27,2012.

  19. kareypatterson

    What kind of employers are going to be at the job fair on the 13th? What kind of jobs are going to be available? I am in health care so I am wondering if there will be any opennings for an RN. Thanks

  20. michael calderon

    I will be at the job fair thanks.

  21. Jeffrey Gregoire

    Good Morning all. Thank you for the updated information & link to benefits information, I appreciate it & will research it. Jeffrey Gregoire

  22. zshade37

    I received a letter that I must attend a mandatory meeting at workforce center, and yet I have done everthing that’s been asked of me. I’ve done my work searches and posted comments on jobclub. But, now it’s getting hard as I am trying to apply by the net, through the use of a PS3, as my PC is down. Worst of all I just had an accident and broke both heels of my feet, so now I am immobile for at least 2-3 weeks or until my doctor decides if surgery is needed on both feet. I’m not complaining, things could have been worse; and tragedy comes new found wisedom and appreciation of what you already have .

  23. carolynwalter

    Good Morning, this is Carolyn Walter. I too am on extended benefits, all we can hope for is our Government to wake up and see what shape this country is really in. Either I haven’t received the notices mentioned or I overlooked it in what I have received. Nevertheless, benefits needs to be extended.
    I have heard that Owens Illinois Glass Plant is looking for a Shift Supervisor, I think they have it listed on Monsterjobs.com
    Also, a friend was telling me that ARAMARK SCM at Baylor University is looking for a Marketing Coordinator. This requires a marketing degree to apply. I failed to ask how to apply since it was not in my field.

    karrypatterson- I noticed a listing for RN in Sundays paper but not sure where it was. Maybe you can go online and research this.

  24. jeridsmith

    I am looking for companies hiring for HVAC helpers. If you know of any companies please let me know if they will be at any job fairs. Thank you

  25. Eugene Wlodarek

    Thanks for the info on benefits and job fair.

  26. jeffwhite

    well This is great, I have to bring in my work search logs for review. Thats why I am just checking in. I had to get most current ones and going to head to Workforce center in a few minuets. I am currently on Extended emergency benefits. I have yet found a job. I had one job offer but it was one night a week for 4 hours. I just simply could not do that. I need full time work. Thanks for the information.

  27. cjxpadmin

    Hello, The job fair is not by invitation. It is completely open to the public!

  28. Charles Waddle

    Fiscal Cliff

  29. Charles Waddle

    That last comment was for Candice Lovell. The reply button doesn’t work too well.

  30. Jonathon Pledger

    Looking forward to the job fair tomorrow.

    Old Navy is looking for a Service and Training Manager, and Scholastic Book Fairs is looking for an Office Generalist. Both postings can be found at indeed.com.

  31. christiemiller

    Thanks for the information.

  32. Victoria

    Thank you for the information. I still see notices that Shine Bright window cleaning is hiring, and Midway ISD is looking for a bus driver. Best wishes!–V. Nimmo

  33. sherriemorgan

    I just received my letter for an extension of benefits. I don’t have any questions at this time. It would be helpful if there was a list of the employers that are going to be at the job fair. Not sure I am qualified for any of the positions listed on email.
    Saw this job listed on indeed.com: Distribution Center Supervisor- Tractor Supply Company – Waco, TX.
    Sherrie Morgan-Cole

  34. Bob

    Thank you for the job fair reminder and the information on the available classes. I plan to attend the job fair and one of the classes.

  35. shellycawthon

    Thank you for the info.

  36. rhondagade

    Good morning,
    Couldn’t attend Job Fair today. No UI=no gas money. This is rgade.

  37. Melvin

    No, it is open to everyone.

  38. Daniel Coulon

    Looking forward to the job fair tomorrow

  39. MissRudd

    ATTENTION EVERYONE! These are just a few of the positions being hired for by the employers at tomorrow’s job fair. There will be 13 Employers attending.

    Donation Attendant
    PT Word & Excel Instructor
    Temporary Spanish Interpreter
    Maintenance Technician
    Tutor (Teacher Certified Preferred)
    Warehouse Assistant/Forklift/Warehouse S&R Assistant

    The Job Fair is December 13th from 10AM-2PM at The H.O.T. Workforce Center in Room 272.

  40. MissRudd

    Ms. Gade, the Job Fair is tomorrow (Thursday) from 10AM-2PM.

  41. sharringt0n

    Good information, thanks. Sorry to be late, our internet has been off.

    I’m in the same boat as everyone else, my benefits expire end of month.

  42. ernestinesample

    Hello everyone, Thanks for the info on the extended benefits. Also, thanks for the update on the job fair.

  43. Jeremy Holt

    This is Jeremy Holt, and just want to say thanks for the info.

  44. Jon

    Thank you so much for all of UI and job fair information.

  45. beverlyheaton

    I too am on the extended benefits. I will be at the job fair.

    Thank you.

    Beverly Heaton

  46. dorothy conroy

    Thanks for the UI info. I will be at the classes next week.

    Dorothy Conroy

  47. ioniajones

    Ionia Jones here:
    Thanks Johnathon for the information. I just discovered indeed.com last week! My neice found her job on this site. Oh, good luck, Jeff W. I will get on that website to check out the information about the emergency benefits. Boy, I thought I was the only one in this predicament!!! Thanks guys for thinking out loud; some of the questions that you have been thinking about are questions that I have, as well…Will I be able to get paid for the last week of December?…Will these remaining funds be restored? …,etc!!!!

  48. Brett Baldwin

    I have found a job with the HOT-COG (Heart of Texas Council of Government). $9.00 reduction in pay from last job, but hey, it’s a job with benefits!! I’m glad to be working again!!

  49. Mac McKnight

    Thanks for the info.

    I think we all are headed for a Fiscal Cliff.

  50. ChaiHo

    Thanks for the information, see you tomorrow in the job fair.

  51. angeladevinney

    I did not receive an invitation to attend, but the workintexas page notified me that the fair was taking place and employers in my field may be attending. From what Rachel has posted there will not be workers from my field attending. It is not feasible for me to miss a day of work (wages) to attend the fair if no one from my field is in attendance. If there were people there from my field, it would potentially be worth it. I do not accrue any sick, vacation, or holiday pay so if I miss, I just miss. I just received a letter in the mail letting me know I could be eligible for an extension of my benefits if I am still working part time. I sent it back in since I am still only working 25-28 hours a week. I inquired about working at TJJD in Mart and the person in charge of the psychology department was out of the country for a month and a half just returned a little over a week ago. She told me she had not forgotten about me and spoke with her superintendent and human resource director to see if they could work with a flexible work schedule (non traditional 40-hour work week). They are fine with it, but want to clear it with their Central Office before having me go through the trouble of doing the full application and all. I’ve worked with the agency when it was called TYC for almost 10 years before so they know my work history. I’m praying this will work out as it would be a job with benefits and my Cobra insurance expires at the end of January.


  52. reginamarshall

    Thank you so much for the great information.

  53. markskinner

    Thanks for the link to the info on the rules regarding EUC. I really didn’t understand how that worked, so that link really helped.
    I realize that the EUC will help a lot of individuals who have been unable to find fulltime employment. However, I am so disgusted with the federal spending situation. If they don’t stop spending, spending, we’re headed for a bottomless pit that the US won’t ever be able to climb out of. These aren’t words of optimism, just realism.

  54. Joan Campbell

    I received an attachment about an employer for the job fair but it was blank do I please let me know what time I should attend. Thank you, Joan Campbell

  55. Gary McCully

    Same concerns as Candace about extended benefits.

  56. ls

    Good morning everyone. I will be at the job fair this morning and thank you for all the information.

  57. William

    Will we be able to receive our benefits after the end and first of the year???? If not there will be a lot of people living on the street and homes being foreclosed on. I hope everyone can continue to receive their benefits until they find a job.

  58. brandyrodriguez

    Thanks so much for the info- it answered a lot of questions!!

  59. audrey1966

    Thanks for the information on the computer classes.

  60. Diana Marquez

    Thanks for the information..hope everyone is having a great evening today on this lovely Friday…

  61. jenniferferris

    Thank you for the information.

  62. kilgovir

    Good Morning, Thank you for the information. I attended the job fair on the 13th and got a few leads to check out.

    I want to make an appointment for someone to review my resume and give me some feedback for how to improve it. I see have classes Tuesday through Thursday at 9:00 am and at 10:30am. Do I need to make a reservation for that? Or do I meet with someone to review what I have?

    Also, I would like an update on Excel. Do I need to reserve a spot for that? Or is is a 1st come 1st serve?

    Thanks, Virginia Kilgore

  63. Christie Watson

    I feel that this is some great information to have regarding the UI benefits.At this time I have no questions.

  64. kn1964

    Good Morning job seekers. I’ve been sick (flu, I’m still very sick) all week and I could not attend the last job fair. But I’m ready to attend the next job fair. I think itis a great opportunity to meet with employers that I might not be able to access any other way.
    I found the next helpful tips for Attending a Job Fair:

    •Dress for Success. Attend the job fair dressed for success in professional interview attire, and carry a portfolio. However, do wear comfortable shoes, because you will be standing in line.
    •Practice a Pitch. Practice a quick pitch summarizing your skills and experience so you’re ready to promote your candidacy to prospective employers.
    •Bring Supplies. Bring extra copies of your resume, pens, a notepad, and business cards with your name, your email address, and cell phone number.
    •Check Out Companies. Many job fairs and career expos have information on participating companies on the job fair web site. Be prepared to talk to hiring managers by checking out the company’s web site, mission, open positions, and general information before you go.
    •Arrive Early. Keep in mind that lines can be long, so arrive early – before the fair officially opens.
    •Attend a Workshop. If the job fair has workshops or seminars, attend them. In addition to getting job search advice, you’ll have more opportunities to network.
    •Network. While you are waiting in line, talk to others. You never know who might be able to help with your job search.
    •Show Initiative. Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Demonstrate your interest in the company and their job opportunities.
    •Be Enthusiastic. Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means that employers want to see you smile!
    •Ask Questions. Have some questions ready for the company representatives. The more you engage them, the better impression you’ll make.
    •Collect Business Cards. Collect business cards, so you have the contact information for the people you have spoken with.
    •Take Notes. It’s hard to keep track when you’re meeting with multiple employers in a busy environment. Jot down notes on the back of the business cards you have collected or on your notepad, so you have a reminder of who you spoke to about what.
    •Say Thank You. Take the time to send a brief follow up thank you note or email to the company representatives you met at the job fair. It’s a good way to reiterate your interest in the company and to remind company representatives that you’re a strong candidate

  65. daletrail

    will we receive extended benefits in january

  66. chriscutbirth

    I looked at the employers that will be there and none are for my job catergory.

  67. joleajames

    Great information! Thank you!

  68. Melvin

    Please look at the UI Response, read all the pages. If give the latest information we have. All should keep sending questions, as things may change daily.

  69. Majdi Tannous

    I don’t have any knowledge about benifits offered. I will read all the details and then i will comment. thanks for giving us a heads up.

  70. MissRudd

    Attention Job Seekers!

    Lowe’s will be holding a Job Fair Thursday, Dec. 20th from 2-4pm in Room 100 of The HOT Workforce Center.

  71. Susan Wade

    I’m sorry, one more question. Susan Wade here. In applying for payment this week, there was a notice that this would be my last payment request for the year as benefits end 12-29-12. What about these next 2 weeks, which will be completed on 12-29-12, but not scheduled to be requested until 12-30-12? Didn’t we qualify for these benefits and now can’t request them as the date of request is not until a day later than the benefit year? That doesn’t seem right.

  72. MissRudd

    You may just come to the class at either time on Wednesday of this week. We have a staff meeting on Thursday.

  73. sheilaparrish

    The Excel classes are they for beginners. I know very little about excel but would like to know more.
    Sheila Parrish

  74. evelyn dickerson


  75. zonagreen

    Thanks for info

  76. kittie

    Good Morning Everyone,

    I am need to get a better grasp on a few technology skills. Ula, in the UI Office suggested I ask for specific classes on this website to try and gather more people who might be interested in the class as well (the more people that sign up, the more likely they will offer this class) ….Microsoft: Power Point, Access, Pivot Tables with Excel. If anyone else would like to learn more about these applications please see Ula, so we may get a class arranged for hands on learning.

    Have a great week.

  77. evelyn dickerson

    I Think The Classes will be good.And it may help better our Skills to get a job.


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