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IDES Opens Employment Center in DuPage County

​​For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media contact:  312-793-9635 (DuPage County Employment Center Opens.pdfDuPage County Employment Center Opens.pdf​​)​

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security opened a new employment center in DuPage County to help residents improve their job-readiness skills and return to work, officials announced today.

“We are an employment office. Our mission is to help people return to work. The ability to connect men and women with meaningful employment is critical to creating stable families and growing our economy,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “There are many great organizations that provide employment services. Together, we need to do a better job coordinating that effort. Doing so will allow us to reinvest the savings into job training and putting people back to work.”

The IDES employment center in Lisle shares space with the workNet DuPage Career Center at 2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302. Sharing space is a respectful use of taxpayer money because IDES and workNet DuPage are funded primarily with federal money. The co-location also will allow for greater coordination of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This federal job training legislation passed Congress with strong bi-partisan support and was signed into law in July. 

IDES employment services in Lisle will concentrate on jobseekers, Veterans and employers. Jobseekers can receive assistance with interview skills and resume review. Veterans can obtain assistance transitioning into the civilian workforce. Employers can access no-cost HR recruitment.

Illinoisjoblink.com is a critical resource to connect workers with employers. This help-wanted job board assists IDES in fulfilling its mission to connect the recently unemployed with current job openings. If an exact match is not available, IDES can identify pathways so that a match can be achieved.

There are more than 160,000 help-wanted ads on Illinoisjoblink.com. Workers can post multiple resumes emphasizing different skills that can be viewed by employers. IDES’ no-cost HR recruitment allows employers to enter help-wanted ads or seek the assistance of IDES personnel. This assistance can include identifying candidates that might qualify an employer for a tax break, such as the hiring of a Veteran or someone who had been receiving public assistance prior to employment. Using Illinoisjoblink.com to recruit new employees also can help meet state and federal requirements on publicly funded projects. More information is at the website and at (877) 342-7533

Illinoisjoblink.com also features Resume Builder. The step-by-step approach guides a worker to build an effective resume designed to pass through computer filters employers use to sort applications. Once a resume is completed, Resume Builder uses word-search technology to immediately find job openings that match the worker’s skills. Resumes also can be uploaded to the website.

Positions in Illinoisjoblink.com near Lisle vary greatly in skill and educational requirements. There are more than 100,000 help-wanted positions within 25 miles of Lisle, including fork lift driver, machine operator, truck driver, administrative assistant, accountant, software developer, and financial analyst. Typically, the positions include some benefits, such as health insurance, paid sick days and vacation.

WIOA is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. Local, state and federal officials will work together during the coming year to determine how best to meet the new accountability and training expectations while streamlining services and reducing redundancies.

WIOA emphasizes that agencies such as IDES represent the front door to the re-employment network. IDES’ duty is to connect the unemployed with current job openings. When the skills of the unemployed do not meet the needs of employers, additional job training is needed. The employed and underemployed also can leverage IDES skills-assessment services. WIOA emphasizes an employer-driven process to create job training for specific skills that are needed by local employers. These job training efforts are to be coordinated through state and local workforce agencies.

Questions about unemployment insurance can be directed to (800) 244-5631. Unemployment insurance applications should be submitted at www.ides.illinois.gov 

Employers added +263,100 private sector jobs since job creation returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+115,000); Education and Health Services (+61,200); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+44,500); and Leisure and Hospitality (+31,100). Government continues to lead job loss (-23,000).