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    Losing your job can be devastating.  Emotionally, you feel lost, with no sense of where to turn.  The power company, gas company,  and others harass you for money.  However, you have none to give them.

    If you lost your job through no fault of your own, help is available to you.  The quickest and easiest way to apply for help is to visit http://www.ides.state.il.us, a site to help you on your road to financial recovery.  The online Idaho Department of Employment Security (IDES) site can help you provide for your family.  You’ve been paying into it for some time, it’s time to take back what is due.


    In order to file your unemployment insurance claim online, you’ll need Internet Explorer at least version 6.0.  Your computer system needs to be at least Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows Millennium Edition.  Finally, you need to have Adobe Reader at least version 4.0.  The claim processing portion of the site will not work with Firefox, Mozilla, or other sites that the system does not support.

    It is a good idea to be prepared before you file your claim for unemployment benefits.  Be sure to have the social security number of yourself and your dependents.  When filling the form online, use the legal names as they appear on the social security cards.  You will also need the complete names and addresses of your previous employers, dates of employment, and reasons you are no longer working there.

    Simply filing a claim is not enough.  You will need to certify for benefits about two weeks after you file.  You will need to re-certify every two weeks.  When you go through the certification option online, the system will ask you questions to make sure you are still eligible for benefits.

    Just because you file for unemployment insurance and go through the certification process, there are no guarantees.  You may not get anything at all or you may not get as much as expected.  If that is the case, the Illinois unemployment insurance website can help you with the appeals process.  It includes documents that will provide guidance for making your appeal.

    From the site, you can access OneSource, an Illinois site dedicated to helping you determine which career you should pursue.  It also contains a link to the Illinois Career Resource Network, which you can use to find jobs and help make your resume a tool to sell yourself.

    You can use the Illinois Skills match at http://www.ides.state.il.us, which matches people looking for work with the jobs that are the best fit.  The system will guide you through creating a profile which will contain information about you, including the lowest realistic salary you can accept.  The system goes on to give you the opportunity to list your skills and employment history.

    Being out of work can be a definite fly in the ointment.   By using the resources available to you by the state of Illinois, you’ll be back in the swing of things in no time.

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