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002 Job Search Records

UNDER DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                         Updated 07/23/2017

    Job Search Record Keeping is a gotta do.

    1. Keep track of jobs you saw and were not a fit. This
        can help you from reviewing the job again potentially
        posted by a different Recruiter.

    2. Keep track of jobs you apply to, when you submitted,
        to whom and their contact information for follow-ups,
        and what happened to your submission.

   3.  Keep track of who you talk to, when, notes of your
        conversation, and "next steps" with dates.  Drive your job search.

   4.  Record your expenses for office supplies and other items you need for your job
        search. When you travel for job search related activities, record the date, time,
        place, purposes, and miles driven between locations. This includes meeting with
        networking contacts and attending The CT Groups meetings. This is deductible.
        This also includes car insurance pro-rated on miles driven, toll fees, maintenance
        and cost of any repairs, car washes and others. Business cards, business stationery,
        postage including special or registered delivery charges, delivery service costs,
        parking and other costs tied to you finding your next job are deductible. 

   5.  Try to have a dedicated quiet area for your job search work at home. You will
        be able to deduct a portion of your residence (home, condo or apartment) that
        is used for your job search based on square footage used versus total area.

   6.  Keep you records on all expenses, all contacts and conversations, all meetings,
        and all other activities you engaged in for your job search. These will help you
        have better records and be able to see how well you are doing and be in a better
        position to show and report your deductions and efforts in your job search.

   7.  Nothing above reflects on any requirements your State Unemployment Office may
        require from you on a weekly, monthly basis or as part of any review they may 
        elect to conduct.


        DEDUCTIONS DURING JOB SEARCH

        HOME OFFICE EXPENSES
        You may deduct a percentage of your residence based on square footage used
        for your job search against the total square footage. You will need to document
        this as part of your total paperwork. Also allowed is the percentage of your
        office area to be deducted from Homeowners Insurance plus any Home Owners
        organization you are required to pay as a landowner or resident.

        The square footage will also allow you to deduct that percentage from your
        electrical and gas costs along with water and sewer as this is now your office.

        Keep records of any travel you make by taxi, bus, rental cars or personal cars.
        Personal car costs can include calculations based on miles driven for business
        versus total actual annual mileage. These costs may include on a ratio basis:
          -  fuel costs
          -  repairs and other maintenance
          -  car wash, cleaning and waxing
          -  rental for any parking fees in an apartment, condo or other living facility
          -  toll charges for roads, bridges or other areas
          -  insurance and license costs
          -  special taxes levied by the City, State or County
          -  parking at locations you are visiting
          -  other eligible expenses not listed above
          -  travel for these services to be performed
          -  travel to see anyone regarding your finding employment even if it is to
              network with one or multiple people

        Deductible trips (and incurred expenses) for your Job Search may include:
          -  Networking trips including parties, one-to-one, one-to-many meetings
          -  The CT Groups meetings and events
          -  Professional Society meetings and events
          -  Trips to Government Programs for job placement or training
          -  Interviews
          -  Meetings with Recruiters or Placement Firms
          -  Car Rental, Hotel, Meals, Parking and Airfare for out-of-town trips
          -  Travel to obtain supplies or other items needed for your job search

        Telecommunications and Computer services are deductible. This includes:
          - cell phone purchase (if you did not have one or lost your land line)
          - cell phone monthly charges
          - special equipment needed for your cell phone (hearing devices, etc.)
          - job search related software for your computer
          - Internet Service expenses (bandwidths above the basic rate may be challenged)
          - classes to learn the use of special software needed for your job search
          - antivirus and firewall software for your computer including annual renewals
          - subscription fees to web sites supporting your job search
          - printer (if one was not otherwise available, with/without scanner, fax)
          - printer ink or toner, paper costs, and other expenses
          - a new computer may be subject to close scrutiny as a valid deduction

        If you have a dedicated area of your residence used for meeting and entertaining
        potential or current customers, deductions for these areas may also be allowed.
        You will need to provide incremental documentation for such deductions which
        may include names and contact information of people you entertained and when.

        Office supplies will be needed and thus are deductible as part of a job search.
        This includes:
          -  notebooks to log meeting notes and other activities for record keeping
          -  tablets
          -  printer paper
          -  off-white quality bond paper for Resumes
          -  card stock if you print special cards
          -  ink pens and pencils
          -  white boards plus any white board markers and cleaners
          -  additional lighting required in your work area
          -  appropriate chair and possible work surface plus storage
          -  additional phone from a "land line" circuit if needed
          -  envelopes, mailing folders, postage stamps 

        Other deductible expenses under any circumstance include:
          - Professional Society membership dues and fees
          - Professional Society conference fees
          - Annual professional licenses and fees

        Items generally deductible but NOT as BUSINESS EXPENSES INCLUDE: