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Most of us will now have finished with signing on until the New Year (thank goodness too!). Just wanted to remind everyone to keep doing jobsearch over Christmas and New Year and don't give the JC any excuse to say you didn't look for work during this period - I'm sure they're hoping to catch loads out when we start signing again next year.

 

It's a pain to do but as we're paid for these weeks then technically we're obliged to meet the criteria and look for work too, so make sure you cover yourself over the holiday period with enough evidence.

 

I'm using CV-Library and Reed, clicking on a couple of jobs per day - including Christmas Day and New Year's Day - so the JC can't claim I 'took a break from job hunting' over Christmas.

 

Cover yourselves at all times :)

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I concur with this. I am on ESA at the moment so exempt but have advised my clients at the local work club NOT to get caught out thinking it is a free for all as JCP will be looking for anyone that has not complied over the Xmas period. As jasta says, a simple 5 minute a day one click application on a few jobs to cover yourself and you are fine. DO NOT give them the excuse to ruin the start to 2015. No doubt work coaches will be advised to up their sanctions in the new year by catching people out.

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Just wanted to remind everyone to keep doing jobsearch over Christmas and New Year and don't give the JC any excuse to say you didn't look for work during this period

 

Don't forget, if your JSAg or Claimant Commitment states "check UJM daily" or requires job applications to be made every day, some jobsworth will try to raise a benefit doubt if you miss Christmas or Boxing day. Whilst the vast majority of people will be off work for the holidays, the DWP do not expect the unemployed to have time off to enjoy themselves.

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Enjoy the month off signing! Spare an Xmas thought as you log on for 2mins to UJM in your little jimmyjams for those of us who have to do MWA EVERY DAY except Christmas/Boxing Day!!!

I got a min.wage job last week to avoid the slave labour 9-5 placement 3hrs round trip from my home, but because my job is zero hours contract and they can only commit to 3 hours this week, unknown amount next week (but certainly less than 16hrs) then if I want to get ANY money before my first paycheck at end of Jan, I must keep signing on, jobsearching AND going to this MWA cluster***k!

Pity poor Tiny Tim as you enjoy your "free" money ;)

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Enjoy the month off signing! Spare an Xmas thought as you log on for 2mins to UJM in your little jimmyjams for those of us who have to do MWA EVERY DAY except Christmas/Boxing Day!!!

I got a min.wage job last week to avoid the slave labour 9-5 placement 3hrs round trip from my home, but because my job is zero hours contract and they can only commit to 3 hours this week, unknown amount next week (but certainly less than 16hrs) then if I want to get ANY money before my first paycheck at end of Jan, I must keep signing on, jobsearching AND going to this MWA cluster***k!

Pity poor Tiny Tim as you enjoy your "free" money ;)

 

Look, I know it's the season of goodwill and all, but...don't make any more posts like this.

 

Sorry you have to work over Xmas.

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Sorry you have to work over Xmas.

 

Working over Christmas does have its advantages. While at work, you don't have to have the heating on at home for one.

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Ye just even a job a day on your UJM or paper etc to prove your job search over the Xmas/new year period.

 

If you have to sign in to your UJM account everyday make sure u do as the job centre will know if u have or not as I have seen when I gone to sign on it's up on there screen the last time and date u signed into your account.

 

I know it's festive season but the JCP couldn't care less about that when your a sign on person

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Log in

IN activity log state "Daily Jobsearch"

Then screen print with the new addition to the activity log showing.

 

Do this daily and night before print the latest screen print showing the daily job searches in the activity log

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The SabreSheep, All information is offered on good faith and based on mine and others experiences. I am not a qualified legal professional and you should always seek legal advice if you are unsure of your position.

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I do it in a similar way; log in, create a new 'Search' and this gets listed in the 'Activities' section and dated too. Do it each day, print the page out after 2 weeks - job done :)

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Just a little bump for this thread as it's now 2015 and a whole new year of dealing with the wonderful JC looms..

 

If you've been excused signing over the Christmas break, make sure your jobsearch evidence is enough to cover you. JC managers will be telling their staff to pounce on anyone who doesn't show any jobsearch over the holiday period, so don't be one of those caught out.

 

Let's all enjoy the disappointed looks on the faces of the advisers as we show them we've complied totally with our JS Agreement/Claimant Commitment. :)

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