Job Services for Those Who Served

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is hosting a Veteran Job Services event at the Metropolis Public Library on December 28 from 1:30 - 4pm. They have many services to offer including assistance to veterans with significant barriers to employment and help with Illinois job link registration. They will also offer assistance with resume building and assessment, helpful employment tips and answers about job searching, interviewing and on the job professional behavior .

All veterans are invited to attend but there is a special emphasis on those between 18-24 years old. Anyone with the following employment barriers can just drop by: disabled, homeless, formerly incarcerated, unemployed for more than six months within the last year, and individuals without a high school diploma or GED.

Bring your current resume and your DD214. If you are registered on the job link, make sure your page is current on Illinoisjoblink.com.

Illinois businesses are hiring

They are looking for future workers on the job link web site. The state’s hiring board features more than 100,000 help-wanted ads. 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. It compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars. No-cost HR recruitment services are available at the website.

Tim Scarbrough, Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist & Veteran Employment Representative for the Illinois Department of Employment Security told me that these monthly meetings are so important for veterans who are searching for employment.

“Every veteran I work with that is struggling to find employment is having difficulties for different reasons,” Scarbrough said. “I’m currently working with a veteran in Mt. Vernon who is the primary caregiver for his mother who has to have dialysis every day. He can’t get a job because he’s the only one who can take her to and from her appointments. I connected him with Senior Service so they could come in and evaluate his situation.”

Scarbrough works as a go-between veterans and other agencies to get them the help that they need to be able to be a successful job candidate.

“If the veteran needs to go back to school, I help them find grants or scholarships designed specifically for each situation,” Scarbrough added.

For more information, please call 618.241.6733 or email timothy.scarbrough@illinois.gov.