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2012 Statewide Veteran Job Fairs Come to Illinois

10/12/2012

For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Phone: (312) 814-0095 (pdf version)

Job Effort to Promote Hiring, Tax Incentives, State Economy

CHICAGO - One of the largest efforts to find employment for Veterans kicks off Oct. 18 as the first Statewide Veteran Job Fair of 2012 comes to communities across Illinois. The Veteran-specific effort is a key part of Gov. Pat Quinn's economic priorities to help Veterans compete for newly created private-sector jobs.

"We respect our military families, who have sacrificed so much. And we must continue to help our small business owners, who are leading our economic recovery," Gov. Pat Quinn said. "Bringing these groups together is a win-win-win. We help a Veteran find a job. We help a business owner find a key employee. And, together, we strengthen job creation and economic growth in Illinois."

Illinois created the Statewide Veteran Job Fair in 2005 to recognize the value that Veterans bring to Illinois' workforce. Success and attendance has grown each year. Invited businesses include those whose positions demand the skills military Veterans hone in the service. Individuals who attend should bring resumes and be ready for brief interviews. As the state's workforce leader, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) manages the statewide Veteran Job Fair effort and coordinates with local workforce partners.

"We know jobs are available. More than 120,000 positions in Illinoisjoblink.com and 175,000 in the Help Wanted On-line index demonstrates our business leaders are ready to hire," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Our economy is moving forward slowly because our business leaders cannot find the right workers with the right skills. Our Statewide Veteran Job Fairs are the year's most intensive effort to bridge that gap."

Veterans make loyal employees because they respect authority, embrace responsibility and thrive in a team environment. They emphasize group goals over individual accolades. They understand technology, have the ability to learn, and already have experience in such fields as manufacturing, construction and logistics. November is Hire a Veteran Month. Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

Earlier this year, Gov. Quinn increased the state income tax credit to up to $5,000 for each qualified Veteran who is hired. Additionally, employers might qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $4,800 through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Prior to the fairs, Veterans and employers should visit Illinoisjoblink.com, the revamped IDES help-wanted website. This no-cost, on-line career resource allows individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills. The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire.

Oct. 18

John A. Logan Community College

700 Logan College Road

Carterville, Illinois, 62918

9 a.m. - Noon

Nov. 8

Southwestern Illinois College

2500 Carlyle Ave.

Belleville, Illinois, 62221

8:30 am - Noon

Nov. 7

Suburban Advocacy for Veterans Employment

A Hiring Our Heroes Event with the

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Tellabs Center

1415 West Diehl Road

Naperville, Illinois, 60653

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nov. 8

Effingham National Guard Armory

1206 West Temple Avenue

Effingham, Illinois, 62401

9 a.m. - Noon

Nov. 8

Chicago Gaelic Park

6119 147th Street

Oak Forest, Illinois, 60452

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nov. 9

Urbana National Guard Armory

600 E. University Ave.,

Urbana, Illinois 61822

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nov. 8

Bartonville National Guard Armory

3101 Airport Road

Bartonville, Illinois 61607

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nov. 9

Wilbur Wright College

4300 North Narragansett Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60634

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nov. 15

Rolland Lewis Community Building

800 South 27th Street

Mt. Vernon, Illinois, 62864

9 a.m. - Noon