Job search requirement to qualify for PUA to be implemented soon

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Guam Department of Labor director Dave Dell'Isola (PNC photo)

The job search requirement to qualify for PUA is on the horizon.

Guam Department of Labor director Dave Dell’Isola told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that he’s looking at the month of July to activate the job search requirement for PUA.

“After good talks with the governor and good talks with the Guam Chamber of Commerce, we all agree … let’s build up Hire Guam with users for both sides and then come July make it a requirement for all PUA applicants. They’ll have to do job searches every week to get paid that week,” Dell’Isola said.

He added that as part of meeting the job search requirement, PUA applicants will be required to create a job search profile on hireguam.com.

GDOL is pushing not only applicants but employers as well.

Dell’Isola said that since the Department of Labor will require all 25,000 or so PUA applicants to create profiles on Hire Guam, it only makes sense that Hire Guam is the most efficient way for employers to find employees.

“There’s a lot of power to it. But like I said, it’s only as good as the users who use it. I need employers to use it. And once a lot of employers start filling all their vacancies, I’ll get the employees in there. They’ll be required. It’s part of the requirement for PUA, that once job search turns on, you have to register at the state unemployment office…that’s the American Jobs Center. And that’s Hire Guam,” Dell’Isola said.

Dell’Isola also said that he’s secured another $330 million to carry the program through September but it looks like this will be the last extension of the PUA program.

Along with the job search requirement and the Hire Guam website, GDOL is also working with GCC to create job training programs.

GCC recently graduated its second batch of construction boot camp students.

Dell’Isola emphasized that the time to act is now.

“I’m not trying to scare anybody…just do the requirement…to get the money. Three job search..for the last two months of the program..is a way for you to get used to doing something. That way in September, when the money stops, you’re already familiar with how to use job search, put in your resume, and look for work. And not wait until the last minute,” Dell’Isola said.

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