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More Than 70 Employers Seeking New Hires At Sept. 30 Career Fair in Waukegan

For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media contact: (312) 793-9635 (lake_county_hiring_event.pdflake_county_hiring_event.pdf)

WAUKEGAN – State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) and State Representative Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) will co-host a community job and resource fair on Sept. 30 in Waukegan. The event will be managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The fair will be held at the Waukegan Ramada, 200 N. Green Bay Road. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. Prospective employees are asked to dress in business or business casual attire and bring current resumes.

“Our goal is to help job seekers get on-the-spot job offers and critical feedback from potential employers,” Link said. “It’s seldom that someone can walk into one location, apply for many jobs, receive immediate interviews, and land a job all within a few hours. Working together, we can match talented applicants with rewarding employment opportunities.”

More than 70 public and private employers will be featured at the fair. Major private employers include Walgreens, Stericycle, Carmax, Comcast, Peoples Energy, Vista Health System, and Fastenal. Public employers include College of Lake County, Lake County Human Resources, and State of Illinois agencies.

Individuals looking for more information are asked to call Senator Link’s district office at (847) 821-1811 or email the office at senator@link30.org.

Workers and employers attending the event also should visit Illinoisjoblink.com, the state’s help-wanted internet job board managed by IDES. Illinoisjoblink.com features Resume Builder. Resume Builder intuitively asks questions about skills and work experiences to create a resume designed to pass through computer filters that employers use to sort job applicants. Once built, the resume is immediately matched to help-wanted ads that seek the worker’s skills. Multiple resumes can be built to highlight different skills and experiences.

The Illinois unemployment rate fell in August for the sixth consecutive month to reach 6.7 percent while employers created +13,800 jobs. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The drop from 9.2 percent one year ago marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.7 was in July 2008 when it was 6.6. Also, there are +40,600 more jobs than one year ago.