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    The resume is often the starting point for any job search. The resume is used to help land a job search. A properly written resume is essential for people unemployed but looking for work. Some people may not need assistance in developing their own resume. Others may need some help in getting their’s completed. The background of some individuals may make writing a resume difficult as well. There may be gaps in employment history due to different reasons. People may not have completed college or left an employer under difficult circumstances. People on unemployment often do not have the resources to pay for professional writing services for their resume. The Illinois  Department of Employment Security can provide these services to people who need them.

    The Illionois Job Link program helps job seekers buils and post an online resume. Users can create an account and follow the online tools for assistance. The benefits of the program are:

    You can control the active status of your resume on Resume, Preferences, Days to Expire. To make your resume inactive, change the number of days to zero. You may want to do this if you are no longer looking for a job.

    The department also publishes the Job Link Resource Room Brochure which shows how to publish the resume online. Users need to:

    1. Contact Info and Target Job (Under Disclosure level it is recommended you check “Public” – potential employers will then be able to see your resume).
    2. Confirm Occupation
    3. Work Experience
    4. Education and Additional Info
    5. My References
    6. Review & Save / Print

    After completing the appropriate fields in each step click on “Next Step”. The department website also has examples of resumes on their website. They also hold resume and interview workshops in their offices and community groups across the state. Users can also control which employers view their resume and the active status of their resume.

    Having an electronic resume has advantages over the traditional paper resume. They are readable by any computer system. They can be easily transferred from email to an employer’s database. It is accessible to several employers who receive electronic resumes. Distribution is also easier where many resumes can be sent out in a fraction of the time in comparison to the regular mail.

    In addition to selected employers, the electronic resume can also be sent to various job boards for wider distribution. Boards like Monster.com and indeed make uploading the electronic resume simple. There are also regional help wanted services throughout the state of Illinois that can be accessed. Many of these sites allow the resume to be uploaded for local employers to review.



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    People who lose their jobs through no fault of their own find thenmselves with a loss of income. They still need to pay for their homes, feed their families, and meet their basic needs. Unemployment insurance is a benefit set up to help people meet their needs until they find new employment. It is a temporary measure that helps fill gaps until people can get back on their feet.

    In the state of Illinois, unemployment insurance is meant to be a temporary benefit. Recipients are expected to be able to work and actively seeking employment. There are several requirements for recipients in regard to their job search. People on unemployment should be looking for employment and keep connected with their counselor or agency representative regarding any changes. While on unemployment, recipients must keep several requirements in mind:

    1. You must be actively be looking for a job. You must register for work with the Illinois Employment Service, either online or in person. Their offices may have contacts and listings of possible job leads. Being registered can help with the job search process.

    2. You must make at least 2 job contacts per week. Job contacts include filling out job applications and sending resumes. Many companies now only accept online applications. Consult regulations for this in regard to the job search with material given to you or with an agency represntative.

    3. You must keep a record of all of your job search activities, including a record of all job contacts, the dates you applied and places you apply for work. When you apply for benefits, you will receive a form on which to record this information which you may have to provide to the agency on a regular basis. A review of certification forms that each claimant must maintain can occur where recipients must document their work search efforts.

    4. You must not be disabled. If you become disabled there are different programs available to help you and your unemployment counselor or local unemployment office can direct you to those resources. If you are disabled you must contact the Illinois office so they are aware of this.

    Unemployment recipients must fufill these job search requirements each week. They should be prepared to provide a weekly verfifcation so  the unemployment office knows they are meeting all of the requirements. The  job search records must be up to date. Recipients may be called into their local unemployment office for a periodic eligibility review with an agency representative.

    While looking for employment, Illinois residents can take advantage of public offices that assist with the job search. The state has several agencies and webstes that help recipients with the job search. One of these sites is Illinois Job Link. (http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?module=10&item=2375) The site provides tools and resources such as job search events and fairs in local areas of the state. Information on workshops and new publications are also available.  This site provides information to job seekers in areas like:

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    In the first week that you are laid off work you should file for benefits. It is best to do it right away either online or at your local IDES center. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is geared to provide assistance when you are unemployed and you can clear up any doubts you may have about eligibility as quickly as possible. At the same time you can register for job placement right there at the IDES office or online at Illinois Skills Match. When you make your claim be ready to supply the information that they will need to process your claim.

    First on the list of course will be your social security number which you will need to verify by some means such as a valid Social Security Card or a W-2 form or even your wages check stub. Have ready the names and addresses of your employers along with the length of time you worked for them as well as a clear record of the wages you received ( do not leave out your vacation pay or your severance pay if you received them). Other information you will need to submit is whether you are presently receiving any pension such as Social Security and any other money you earn either part-time or doing odd-jobs. Have your husband´s or wife´s social security number available and state whether or not your spouse is presently working.

    Other necessary data includes the names of your children, their dates of birth and their social security numbers. This is required even if the child is a step child, and (if under 18 years old) any adopted children. If your child is disabled then age is not important. The person who takes your claim will also want to know if you have worked in any other state during the last two years or for a railroad. Also tell them if you were employed by the federal government or if you have been in the armed forces during that time period. Take great care that the information is accurate because false information or holding back data that applies to your claim would be seen as trying to receive unemployment benefits fraudulently which could incur fines or even a prison sentence. All this information can be presented online or at your local IDES office.

    You can then check the status of the claim calling Tele-Serve at 1-888-337 -7234 or TDD/TTY 1-800-662-3943. If you need to locate your nearest IDES office you can call 1-888-367-4382. They will get you started on your job search too. Illinois Skills Match connects people with available jobs by matching the potential employee with any offers of work that come up. IDES is an equal opportunity employer which follows all non discrimination laws whether state or federal in all its programs. If you have a disability you should request auxiliary aids and services. This can be done at the IDES office or bay calling (312) 793-9290 or TTY (888) 340-1007.

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