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211,900 Help Wanted OnLine Ads in October

​For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media contact: (312) 793-9635(PDF version)​

IllinoisJobLink.com Can Help Build Resumes

Chicago - Illinois employers posted more than 211,900 help wanted ads on the internet in October and 85 percent sought full-time workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today, citing the independent Conference Board report. The data is seasonally adjusted.

Workers can apply for these jobs at IllinoisJobLink.com, the state’s help-wanted website managed by IDES. The website features a Resume Builder tool that will help workers build a resume and then immediately find job openings that match the worker’s skills.

“October marks the fifth consecutive month Illinois employers have advertised for more than 200,000 job openings,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “These are not seasonal positions. These opportunities primarily are full-time positions that often include benefits such as health insurance, sick leave and paid vacation.”

Help wanted leaders include the Bloomington/Peoria region (10,700), Decatur/Springfield (7,000), Rockford Stateline (6,700) Champaign/Danville (5,800) and the Quad Cities (5,300). The Chicago metro area (163,500) always will lead the state because it has the greatest population of any Economic Development Region.

The Conference Board collects the Help Wanted Online data. The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association. The data represents industries that post online job ads. Some industries, such as construction, do not typically post job openings online. The Conference Board writes that retiring baby boomers will create a labor shortage of skilled workers in some sectors.

Included in the data are 170,000 positions advertised on IllinoisJobLink.com​. 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. IllinoisJobLink.com is free for workers and employers and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars.

IllinoisJobLink.com also includes the resume-enhancement tool Resunate. The tool compares skills articulated in a resume against skills sought in a help-wanted advertisement. The comparison produces a score on the potential success of the resume meeting the needs of the employer and being noticed by a hiring manager. Resunate offers suggestions on wording, formatting and design to build a clear, concise resume that aligns with the demands of the specific help-wanted advertisement.

HWOL Data for Economic Development Regions – October 2014​