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Are You Looking for a Job?

Are You Looking for a Job?

Your Illinois Department of Employment Security Invites You to a Seminar for Veterans


What: Seminar for Veterans.
When: 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13
Where: Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Lower Level
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S State Street, Chicago

This event is sponsored by the IDES and Retired Brains

Finding Employment & Working at Home  

How to find a job
How to find a federal job
Resume writing
Interviewing tips
Job search tips
Work at home opportunities
Translating your military experience

Hand outs will be available on topics covered.


Make Sure Your Resume is on
Illinois businesses are hiring. And they are looking for workers on The state’s hiring board features more than 100,000 help-wanted ads. Job seekers can build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and experiences. Business owners can use keyword matching technology to search resumes and find the best candidate. is free for workers and employers. It compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars. No-cost HR recruitment services are available at the website and at(877) 342-7533.

Find a job/Find an Employee


100,000 Jobs Mission in Chicago Seeks Veterans


IDES and IDVA Partner to Put Veterans to Work; Pre-Registration is Encouraged for Best Service, Results 

CHICAGO – With a goal of hiring at least 100,000 Veterans by 2020, a coalition of more than 60 companies, government agencies and Veteran groups will be hosting a huge hiring event in Chicago July 12 for military Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.

The 100,000 Jobs Mission hiring event is being held in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), JP Morgan Chase, Joining Forces, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), American Legion, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Student Veterans of America, U.S. Department of Labor – VETS, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The hiring event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road. This event uses an innovative pre-register, pre-match model that results in pre-scheduled interviews and, in some cases, on-the-spot job offers. Veterans and others seeking work are encouraged to pre-register at Since the program’s launch last year, the group has collectively hired more than 12,000 Veterans.

Some of the Illinois-based companies and organizations include Abbott, Caterpillar, CDW, Cushman & Wakefield, Health Care Service Corp. (parent of Blue Cross Blue Shield), Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Northern Trust, Schneider National, Sears, University of Chicago Medical Center, and Walgreens.

Participating companies are looking to fill jobs in the Chicago area—and nationwide—ranging from entry-level to managerial positions, including many with positions ready to be filled immediately. Veterans and other attendees should dress appropriately, bring current resumes, and be prepared for a brief, preliminary interview.

Veterans are sought-after employees for their service training, which includes respect for authority, embracing responsibility and success operating in a team-based environment. Service members also have advanced training in technology, manufacturing, construction and logistics.        

To see more upcoming scheduled Veteran Job Fairs go to:

Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces: List of Jobs & Fairs!

This message is provided in cooperation with Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces.  If you have not created your account on the Employer Partnership website, please do so. The jobs included in this announcement are part of the employer partnership website; at and submit all job applications through that website.  therefore, please use that site exclusively to search for and apply for jobs.  Please let your assigned PSM know when you are hired.


 Ken Marks is with Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and they have a number of Employer Partners that have a variety of jobs that they are looking to fill.  Please see the attached LIST OF JOBS and let Ken know if you have an interest in any of these positions.  If you do not have an interest, please share this list with someone that may.  If you’re looking for something that is not on the list, please let Ken know and he will try and assist you.  If you have already found gainful employment, please share your success story with us!  Also enclosed is a LIST OF VIRTUAL JOB FAIRS that will be held the next few months!  Please remember to register before the deadline.  If you have not completed your profile or downloaded your resume’ onto the website, please do so.  Our Employer Partners cannot find you if you don’t give them something to search by.  If you need additional assistance, please either e-mail or call Ken Marks at 910-574-5286. 

Thank You for Your Service to our Country and Have a Great Day! 

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Employment News

Everyday we hear about the terrible state of our economy.  From the 9% unemployment rate to the unending series of foreclosures on homes, it is easy to think that the end is near.

However, there is hope.  Everyday in the news there are reports of the promise of the future.  The Employment Page of our In The News section is telling those stories.  Currently featured are stories about vast employment opportunities in the oil fields of North Dakota and about what our government is doing to develop opportunities for Veterans, especially those who are returning from war everyday.

Check out what’s In The News on our Employment Page and find out how America is going to get back to work!  And also don’t forget to take a look at our Career Center for access to the latest links to websites designed especially for you, the Veteran who is looking to be a part of the solution.

Veterans Employment Opportunities

“Employers recognize the value Veterans offer their companies.”  That is the assessment made in a recent article titled, Better for the Bottom Line: Hiring Veterans (p22-25).  Yesterday I had the honor of representing the American Legion at a job fair hosted by DeVry University and sponsored by Recruit Military  where over 200 Veterans representing every era from Vietnam to OIF/OEF were seeking employment opportunities.  The unemployment rate for Veterans overall is hovering just below 9%, and for Veterans who have served post 9/11, the rate is over 13%!  That’s the bad news; the good news is that there is a movement all across the country to focus efforts on finding employment for those of us who have served in the defense of our Nation.

Many Veterans are not aware of the many organizations that are out there making employment seeking easier for them.  In Chicago, where there are several hundred thousand Veterans living (of which 9-13 of every 100, or 9,000-13,000 of every 100,000 are unemployed) many organizations are focused solely on helping them find employment.  One such organization is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) who in March of 2011 “launched the

HiringOurHeroes program, which aims to find jobs for unemployed Vets.”   This organization has set out to host over 100 hiring fairs, several of which are planned for the upcoming weeks:  October 27th in Naperville; November 8th in Chicago (details pending); and November 10th in Bloomington, IL.

The energy industry is expecting a hiring boom over the next five years.  With that in mind, five electric and natural gas companies have begun taking steps to train Veterans to fill the projected need.  Troops to Energy Jobs was launched in July with the expressed intent of attracting Vets “to provide coaching, assessments, mentoring and ways to accelerate their education.”  Energy sector employers will be looking for pipefitters, welders, line men/women, and nuclear operators.  Troops 2 Roughnecks is another energy sector program that is seeking to “train Vets to work on oil and gas rigs.”

There are many non-profit organizations working with organizations like the American Legion and VFW to help Veterans find jobs.  Goodwill for America’s Heroes and Their Families in one such organization.  Goodwill is looking to hire  1,300 positions specifically for Veterans, military spouses, and their families.  In addition, there are several other online resources that are focused on helping Veterans find employment.  VetJobs  is the leading Internet niche job board for reaching the 10.5 million military veterans currently in the work force, the 200 thousand active duty military personnel who transition each year, the over 400,000 members of the National Guard and Reserve who return to the United States each year from extended deployments, and their family members.  Helmets to Hardhats places quality men and women from the Armed Forces into promising building and construction careers.

Let’s start with taking care of the Veterans!  If you are an unemployed Veteran, or know an unemployed Veteran, or care about unemployed Veterans, share this info and together we can begin to bring our Nation back from the brink of the edge and become once again proud to say God Bless America!