IllinoisJobLink.com is the state’s help wanted internet job board managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Job seekers use it to look for work, which is a requirement to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Job seekers can create multiple resumes to emphasize different skill sets.
Employers use it to post help wanted ads free of charge as well as search the resume database. A database search can identify workers with specific backgrounds and skills, such as a Veteran with a CDL license or other state certification. A search also could find a job seeker that could qualify the employer for a tax incentive, such as the Veteran Tax Credit or the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
IllinoisJobLink.com features Resume Builder and Resunate.
Resume Builder provides step-by-step instructions to create an effective resume. Once built, the resume is immediately matched to existing help wanted ads that require the job seeker’s skills. Resunate scores the resume against a specific help wanted ad and offers suggestions on how to improve the resume before applying for the job. Resunate is freely available to anyone when accessed from an IllinoisJobLink.com account, regardless of employment status or eligibility for unemployment insurance.
IllinoisJobLink.com is one way IDES meets its mission to encourage economic growth and stability through Employment Services for workers and employers; gather, analyze and share Labor Market Information; and administer the federal-state unemployment insurance program.
About the Workforce System in Illinois
Many public and private groups make up the Workforce System in Illinois, including the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Community College Board, the Department of Human Services and local Workforce Development Boards established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
The system’s roots reach back to the 1935 Social Security Act. The Depression-era legislation created the federal-state unemployment insurance program.
Here’s how it works in Illinois: The Department of Employment Security (IDES) matches unemployed workers with employers who need to fill job vacancies. If no immediate openings match the unemployed worker’s skills, IDES works to ensure that the worker is properly communicating his or her skills and past work experience with current employers in need of help.
If the barrier to employment is a skills mismatch – the unemployed worker does not possess the skills that local employers need - then the worker must obtain the training to learn the skills that local employers need.
Local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act groups (WIOA) provide the pathway to such training. WIOA works hand-in-hand with local employers to identify the training that specifically meets local demand. If that training program does not exist, WIOA leaders and local employers have the authority to create the training course and establish benchmarks that identify success.