Toe the line or you'll get less money: When looking for work, there are rules that the unemployed should stick to. Otherwise there's a risk of suspension days and cuts in unemployment benefits.
If your employer terminated your employment, you must report to your local regional employment office (REO) no later than the first day of unemployment. However, we recommend that you report to the REO as early as possible: You will receive comprehensive information about your duties during the period of notice as well as assistance in your job search. The following applies: Benefits paid by the unemployment insurance (ALV) can be drawn at the earliest from the date on which you have registered personally at the REO.
You should keep documents from job searches such as job offers, job applications and rejections. Make screenshots of the online job advertisements and job applications and save all your emails. You must present these documents to your REO consultant.
You are already required to look for a new job during your period of notice. As a rule of thumb, you should make 10-12 applications per month. The REO will specify exactly how many. The applications must be distributed over the month. If you fail to make sufficient effort in searching for a new job during the notice period of two months, you will receive six to eight suspension days; if you make no effort at all, you will receive eight to 12 suspension days.
Suspension days refer to the period in which compensation is temporarily discontinued and no daily benefits are paid. This is the case, for example, if:
If you quit a reasonable job yourself without having already signed a new contract of employment or with no new job in prospect, your unemployment is considered to be your own fault and you will be sanctioned with suspension days (31-60 suspension days if no follow-up solution exists).
An exception is made if the terminated job was unreasonable for you. But the law sets very high requirements as to what is unreasonable. A job is generally only unreasonable for health reasons: In this case, you should obtain written confirmation from a doctor before you give notice.