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    job-search-logFinding work in a state with 9.1 percent unemployment is not easy. The Illinois Department of Employment Security knows this and is providing a variety of tools and programs to help unemployed workers find a job.

    If you are unemployed and have been so for a while, it is easy to get disappointed and stop searching for work. This is a bad idea for two reasons. First, you are even less likely to find a job, and once your benefits run out you will be in a even worse situation to find work. As you know to well, searching for work costs money. Just transportation is a serious expense when you are unemployed and need to get to interviews and distribute resumes.

    Second, if you are not actively searching for work, you could lose your benefits. Looking for work and providing the evidence to support your claim is a requirement to receive benefits in the State of Illinois.

    Spice up your employment search with these efficient tools the Illinois Department of Employment Security provides. Remember to keep a record of every job search activity in a weekly log. You must log at least three different search activities, such as assisting an interview, sending your resume or jointing a work database to qualify for benefits. These requirements are even more stringent when you are on extended benefits.

    Illinois Skills Match

    Illinois Skill Match is an online database managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security and should be your first stop when looking for work.

    Illinois WorkNet

    This job search engine allows you to provide specific employment specifications to hone your search to your specific qualifications and target job.

    Job Fairs

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security organizes job fairs throughout the state to help workers get in touch with employees. Please find below the list of job fairs scheduled for the rest of the year.

    Genesis Career Network Job Fair
    Friday, July 8, 2011

       Orr High School, 730 N Pulaski, Chicago 60624

    On-Site Recruitment for Staff Management
    Friday, July 8, 2011

       1700 West 18th St., Chicago, IL 606082nd Floor

    Staffing Network Recruiting Event
    Monday, July 11, 2011

       IDES office, 321 Ouadrangle Drive

    Guardian Security Recruiting
    Tuesdays, Jul 12, 19 & 26, 2011

       IDES office, 321 Quadrangle Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

    IDOT Veterans Fair
    Thursday, July 14, 2011

       East St. Louis City Hall Rotunda, East St. Louis, IL 62201

    Family Christian Center Job Fair
    Friday, July 15, 2011

       Family Christian Center 340 W 40th , Munster, IN46321

    IDES Job/Health/Services Fair
    Friday, July 15, 2011

       Lisieux Pastoral Center, 371 N. St. Joseph, Kankakee, IL 60901

    Summer Job Fair at St. Augustine College
    Friday, July 22, 2011

       St. Augustine College, 1345 W. Argyle St. Chicago, IL 60640

    Veterans Job Fair
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

       Wheeling AmVets Post #66, 700 McHenry Road, Wheeling, IL 60090

    Illinois Department of Transportation Highway Maintainer Resource Fair
    Thursday July 28, 2011

       Laura Lee Fellowship House, 212 E. Williams, Danville, IL 61832

    On-Site Recruitment for Westway Coach
    Monday, July 18 and 25, 2011

       IDES office, 321 Ouadrangle Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

    Veterans Outreach 2011 – Richton Park Illinois
    Saturday, August 20, 2011

       Benjamin O’ Davis VFW Post 311 Hall/22341 South Governors Hwy., Richton Park, IL 60471

    Madison County Veteran’s Fair
    Thursday, August 28th, 2011

       Southwestern Illinois College, Granite City, IL62040

    Jobs Plus
    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011

       Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL 62234

    On-site Recruitment for Furst Staffing
    Every Tuesday

       IDES Office, 1826 S. West Ave., Freeport IL 61032

    On-site Recruitment for Staff Management
    Every Wednesday

       Workforce Center at Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Bldg-100, Chicago IL 60653

    Training Provider Onsite–MicroTrain
    2nd and 4th Tuesdays of Every Month

       IDES Office, 800 Lancer Lane, Grayslake IL 60030

    On-site Recruitment for Staff Management
    2nd Friday of Every Month in 2011

       IDES Office, 1700 W. 18th Street, Chicago 60608

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    Illinois Jobs

    job-searchIn May 2011, Illinois unemployment rate was the same as the national average, that is to say 9.1 percent. However, if you are unemployed and young, your chances of finding employment in Illinois are much slimmer. The Illinois unemployment rate for teenagers is 25.8, 1.6 percent higher than the national average 24.2 percent. The situation is even worse for Illinois black teenagers, which have an unemployment rate of 47.7 percent and Illinois Hispanic teenagers, which have an unemployment rate of 26 percent. White teenagers had an unemployment rate of 24.7 percent.

    What is the cause of this rise in teen unemployment? Unfortunately the situation in Illinois mirrors the situation in the nation as a whole. According to Greg Rivara, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the reason is adults are being forced by into jobs they would have previously not accepted and that would have been open to teenagers in a better economy.

    The good news is the Illinois Department of Employment Security has created a program for teens looking to start work. The program is called Illinois Hire the Future. It started as a summer program for teens looking for a summer job and has now evolved in a year-round program for students.


    The Illinois Hire the Future program provides incentives to employers who give students a chance to start work. It provides employers with low cost workers while giving students a chance to develop their skills and get a feel of what the workforce requires from them.


    To qualify for Illinois Hire the Future you must be between 16 and 21, be attending school, have an 8th grade level in Math and reading, a tardy rate of 10 percent or lower and an attendance rate of 90 percent or higher. Openings are limited in the program, so participants will be elected based on their academic performance, attendance records and the recommendation of principals and counselors.

    Employers are required to pay minimum wage. How long they decide to employ you or if they decide to pay your more than minimum wage is up to each employer.

    Other opportunities for young Illinois workers are the Illinois Department of Employment Security Apprenticeship Training program and the Illinois WorkNet Centers. For more information on these programs click on this link.

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