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Employment Resources for Job Seekers

Illinois Department of Employment Security www.ides.state.il.us

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Introduction............................................ ..............1 General Employment Services................ ...............2 Employment Services for Veterans........... ..............3 Employment Services for the Formerly Incarcerated......................................................... 4 Apprenticeship Information....................................5 Career Information Resources................................6 Unemployment Insurance Benefits......................... 7

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Introduction
Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people know IDES as an “unemployment agency.” But we offer a lot more than unemployment insurance services. IDES is committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works. Not only are we committed to helping people find jobs, but we are committed to publishing reliable, quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information helps people make more informed career and business decisions. IDES provides employment services, workforce and career information and unemployment insurance services at its nearly 70 Illinois Employment and Training Centers (IETCs) and local offices throughout the state. At these centers, workers can access the following services and resources:

♦ Job search assistance (including registration on ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
www.IllinoisSkillsMatch.com) Workshops on job hunting and resume development Career information resources (www.ILWorkInfo.com) Computers, Internet and fax machines Specialized employment services for veterans Specialized employment services for the formerly incarcerated Information on Apprenticeship programs Unemployment insurance benefits Job training To locate an IETC near you or learn more about IDES services:

call 1-888- FOR-IETC (1-888-367-4382 ) or visit www.ides.state.il.us .

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General
The Illinois Department of Employment Security is dedicated to helping job seekers find suitable employment. Here are the employment resources we offer: n Online Job Matching Service--www.IllinoisSkillsMatch.com This Web site matches qualified job seekers to job openings based on their skills. When there’s a match, the job seeker and employer are notified immediately, and employers can schedule interviews. The Web site allows job seekers to register and update their skills and look for jobs from any computer with Internet access. n Job Search Workshops IDES local offices and Illinois Employment and Training Centers offer a variety of workshops on resume development, interviewing and job hunting. n Resource Rooms Each IDES Illinois Employment and Training Center has a resource room containing tools to help job seekers with their job search. Job seekers can access computers, the Internet, fax machines and career resources. n Job Fair Notifications Job seekers registered with www.IllinoisSkillsMatch.com are frequently notified about job fairs through our automatic phone notification system. Also, IDES posts job fairs throughout Illinois at www.ides.state.il.us. n Hiring Incentives for Employers Welfare to Work and Work Opportunity Tax Credits IDES offers tax credits to employers who hire people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including welfare and SSI recipients, veterans and the formerly incarcerated.

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Veterans
Finding jobs for U.S. veterans and helping them access job training and veterans’ benefits are top priorities for the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Priority service for veterans Veterans receive priority service, as required by federal law, at any of IDES’ local offices and Illinois Employment and Training Centers. Each IDES office is staffed with at least one veterans’ employment representative, who is also a veteran. Re-employment rights: Veterans who have recently returned from a tour of active duty may have special re-employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment & Re-employment Rights Act. Veterans should apply to their former employer as soon as possible after separating from military duty. Federal Job Opportunities: The federal government offers federal jobs, training and education to certain veterans. Also, federal government agencies fill jobs openings with disabled veterans. Hiring incentive for employers IDES offers federal tax credits to employers who hire veterans from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Formerly Incarcerated
The Illinois Department of Employment Security offers specialized employment services for people who have been incarcerated and provides incentives to employers that hire from this population. Re-entry Employment Service Program Our Re-entry Employment Service Program (RESP) prepares the formerly incarcerated for work, develops jobs for them and helps them transition into their new jobs. Re-entry specialists are available in each of our local offices and Illinois Employment and Training Centers to help formerly incarcerated job seekers find and keep their jobs. Work Opportunity Tax Credit: IDES offers employers a federal tax credit of up to $2,400 for each lowincome ex-felon hired within one year of their conviction or release from prison. Fidelity Bonding: The formerly incarcerated can benefit from fidelity bonding insurance administered through IDES. Offered to employers, fidelity bonding protects employers against employee dishonesty, theft or embezzlement. Job seekers who were formerly incarcerated and have a firm offer of full-time work can be bonded for at least $5,000 depending on their job responsibilities.

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Apprenticeship Information
Job seekers interested in learning a skilled trade while earning wages can get information on apprenticeship progams from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Trades offering apprenticeships: Apprenticeships are administered by Boilermaker employers and labor or Bricklayer trade organizations. Cabinetmaker They provide on-theCarpenter job training and anywhere from 30 to 70 percent Cement Mason of a journeyworker’s wages. Typically, apprenDrywall Finisher ticeships last from three to five years. Electrician Floor Coverer Requirements: Glazier Most apprenticeships require applicants to have Insulator a high school diploma, their own transportation Millwright and the ability to work with their hands. Many Operating Engineer trades also require above-average math skills Ornamental Ironworker and the ability to work at elevated heights. Painter/Decorator Patternmaker Where to get more information: Pipefitter An apprenticeship information representative is Plasterer available in IDES local offices and Illinois Plumber Employment and Training Centers throughout Precision Metal Worker the Chicago area to help job seekers learn about Roofer apprenticeship programs. Sheet Metal Worker Sprinkler Fitter Find out the locations of these offices online Structural Ironworker at www.ides.state.il.us, or call 1-888-367Terrazo/Tile Layer 4382 to identify an office near you. Tuckpointer

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Career Information
Job seekers and students interested in learning about employment trends in Illinois and researching careers can start with the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s online career tools. IDES offers complete information about the state’s labor markets, including extensive career planning materials, such as occupational wages, industry and occupational employment trends and education requirements for jobs. There are three key career resource tools available online at http:// www.ILWorkInfo.com/icrn.htm

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Career Information System (CIS): Offers in-depth information on occupations, schools and financial aid. A useful tool for adults, career changers, high school students, counselors and parents. Career Click: Countdown: Offers wages, projections and videos on occupations. Useful for middle and high school students. Designed for middle school students. Contains a 70-question survey to help students identify occupations that they might be interested in exploring. Describes what high school subjects are helpful for certain careers. Also has descriptions of jobs, their wages and outlook.

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Some career information is available in printed form: n Guide to Career Choices: A set of 16 career brochures containing information on current and future employment, wages and education requirements for more than 300 occupations in Illinois. n Illinois Occupational Outlook in Brief: A brochure highlighting Illinois occupations that are expected to provide the most job openings each year. The occupations are sorted by education and training requirements.
For more information about IDES career resources, call 1-877-513-1987 or send e-mail to icrn@ides.state.il.us

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Insurance Benefits
Job seekers who become unemployed through no fault of their own may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. The Illinois Department of Employment Security administers these benefits for the State of Illinois. Unemployment insurance benefits ensure that workers are partially compensated for lost wages while they are looking for work. Eligible job seekers can get up to 26 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits. Who qualifies for benefits? Those who qualify for benefits must meet the following requirements: ♦ Be out of work involuntarily or working less than full time ♦ Be able to work ♦ Be available for work ♦ Be actively seeking work ♦ Have worked for employers that are subject to the state’s unemployment insurance law ♦ Have earned at least $1,600 during a recent 12-month period (of these earnings, $440 must have been earned outside of the quarter with the highest earnings during that period) How to file for benefits? Job seekers can file for unemployment insurance benefits in two ways: 1) Online at www.ides.state.il.us or 2) In person at a local IDES office or Illinois Employment and Training Center. When filing at a local office, job seekers should bring the following information:

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♦ Verification of Social Security Number ♦ Names of past employers ♦ Addresses and dates of employment (Continued on page 8)
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How to file for benefits? (continued from page 7)

♦ Evidence of earnings (i.e. check stubs and W-2 forms) ♦ Standard Form 8 and Personnel Action Form 50 (federal employees ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
only) DD Form 214 (veterans only) Names and birth dates of their children who are under age 18 Spouse’s employment status and Social Security Number Records of pension payments (if you receive any)

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Contact Us
How to Contact IDES: Visit www.ides.state.il.us

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Call 1-888-FOR-IETC (1-888-367-4382) to identify a local office near you.

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