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    The Illinois Department of Employment Security, IDES, provides unemployed workers and young residents the opportunity of finding  a job through one of its employment programs. This article is the second article in a two-article series on the main employment programs available to Illinois unemployed workers. In the first article we discussed programs centered especially on young workers, such as the apprenticeship program and the Hire the Future program. We also discussed the opportunities available through Illinois’ Skills Match database and the IDES Job Fairs and Special Events and provided links and details on how to register for these valuable resources. In this article we will continue our review of Illinois’ employment programs and discuss the last five programs we set out to evaluate. These are the Re-Entry Employment Service the People with Disabilities program and the Veterans program.

    Re-Entry Program

    The Re-Entry Employment Service is a program offered to employers rather than workers. However, it benefits both employers and employees by providing employers with additional incentives to employ ex-offenders who have completed their sentence and wish to return to the workplace. The program allows employers to receive tax incentives for each re-entry worker they employ. If you are interested in finding a job through the re-entry program click here for more information. Finding work in Illinois in the current economy is not easy, but it is even harder if you were formerly incarcerated or have a criminal conviction. If you are a veteran who also has a criminal conviction you may find assistance through the Incarcerated Veteran’s Transition Program, IVTP, for help finding a new job.

    The Re-Entry Employment Service Program offers ex-offenders with a free individual assessment, access to the Illinois Skills Match database, special job referrals, job readiness workshops and help preparing a resume. If you would like a quick summary of what this program is about click here to watch a brief video.

    People with Disabilities

    The People with Disabilities program is managed by the Division of Rehabilitation Services, which works with people with disabilities and their families to provide them with the help they need. If you are a resident of Illinois and have some type of disability this program can help you find a job and help you access any of the following state and federal programs for disabled people.


    Veteran Services

    The state of Illinois wants to thank veterans for their services and help them find a new job. This program offers special job offers, employment workshops and access to the Illinois Skills Match database. It will also provide you the information and knowhow required to join any of the following state and federal programs for veterans.

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    Illinois Jobs

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security, IDES, is the agency in charge of providing employment services to unemployed workers in Illinois. There are many programs you can enroll and benefit from. Which one is best for you will depend on your personal circumstances. This two-article series will provide detailed information on nine of the main employment programs in Illinois. We will analyze each employment program in detail and provide links and details on who it is for and how you can apply.

    In this article we will discuss information about the following Illinois Department of Employment Security programs: Apprenticeship, Hire the Future, Illinois Skills Match, Job Fairs & Special Events. Any of these programs could provide you the opportunity of find the job you need.


    Apprentices under the Illinois Department of Employment Security have the opportunity of enrolling as a paid worker in a special training program managed by a labor organization or trade association. If you choose to become an apprenticeship it is likely you will work in the construction industry. The benefits of the apprenticeship program is you will be joining a growing industry, with good wages opportunities, a long-term employment expectancy and instead of getting into debt to get the education you need, you will be paid during your training. Click here for access to an application form. Print it and send it to your closest Illinois Department of Employment Security, IDES, office. If you need help finding your closest office, click here.

    There are a wide variety of trades you can train for. Through this program you could become an architectural iron worker, a boilermaker, a carpenter, a bricklayer, a ceramic tile layer or a cement mason, to mention a few. For a complete list of available trades click here.

    Hire the Future

    The Hire the Future program assists young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 to find work and to provide them with the work experience they need to work. To join you must visit the Illinois Skills Match Enrollment page and complete the form. Click here to access your personal form.

    Illinois Skills Match

    The Illinois Skills Match is a database designed to help employers find the workers they need. To join you must register yourself by visiting Illinois Skills Match website. Your information will be entered into the program and designed to help employers and the skilled workers they need meet.

    Events and Workshops

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security also offers Illinois special events and workshops on the search for employment. The events are organized by government and community agencies. The IDES keeps an up-to-date calender of the important dates for each race and culture.

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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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