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Illinois Employment & Jobs

Aon, Chrysler, Ford Logon to Gov. Pat Quinn’s New “Help-Wanted” System


Jay Rowell, Illinois Department of Employment Security Director

(Chicago) – April 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn announced on Wednesday a new “help wanted” system that connects job seekers with employee hunters.

Illinois JobLink, developed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, enables both businesses to post job ads and job seekers to post resumes for free. Nearly 92,000 job postings and more than 51,000 resumes have been posted on the system.

“During this difficult economy, Illinois JobLink is helping workers market their job skills and allowing employers to successfully find the help they need at no cost,” said Quinn.

Illinois employers including Aon, Chrysler and Ford, have used Illinois JobLink to search for resumes and potential employees.  Using Illinois JobLink (www.illinoisjoblink.com), employers can create help-wanted ads that require specific skills or search resumes using keywords such as salary, educational attainment and location. In turn, job seekers can create multiple resumes that emphasize various skills.

“Illinois JobLink makes hiring easier by allowing employers to focus in like a laser on job seekers that possess the unique skill sets that they need,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said.

In addition, Illinois JobLink pulls help-wanted ads from Indeed.com, the largest employment site in the United States.  Indeed.com collects postings from thousands of websites, including newspapers, associations, company career pages and job boards.

Nationally, more than 550,000 jobs are available on Illinois JobLink.

Individuals collecting unemployment insurance are required to participate in Illinois JobLink. It also serves as another tool to connect veterans to jobs when they return home.

Illinois JobLink replaced the previous Illinois SkillsMatch system.

For more information, visit http://www.ides.illinois.gov/.

About Mark Jones

Deputy Editor, Illinois Observer

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