Employment Blog

Filing Unemployment

How do I qualify for unemployment insurance in Illinois and when, where, and how can I file?


Go to the Illinois Department of Employment Security's pamphlet online: What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance

Jobless at Home and Needs a Career Change

I've worked since I was 16 and I stopped working at 29, as I had just burned the candle on both ends. I took some time out to try a career change as a cultural performer and now I am at home and jobless. On my job applications it looks like I didn't do anything for 3 years! The interviewers I am honest with don't even call me back. I'm starting to feel a physical depression and unqualified for anything. I need a start in the right direction, but I don't know where to start.

Returning to the Workforce Challenge

I am a 45 year old CPA. I have been at home raising my kids for 13 years. I spent 8 years prior to that working for one of the big four public accounting firms, as a manager. I need help figuring out how to get back into the work force. I have sent out many resumes but with no success.

Accounting Resume

I am a senior accountant and I have been looking for a new job for over a year, and I am not sure what the problem may be. Are there good accounting recruiters that you can suggest? I will paste my resume here for you to look at.

Without speaking to you directly, I can not guess what the problems might be. There are many parts to a job search - the resume, cover letter, target marketing, interview skills, follow up, etc. . . . I will try to make some general suggestions and you can take from this what might apply to you.

Head Start Jobs

Do you have list of Chicago Public Schools Head Start openings. I am looking for position in early childhood developments, and moving to the Chicago area.

Michigan to Chicago

I just moved to Chicago from Michigan and the job search has been overwhelming. I have 11 years of experience in the Mortgage/Banking industry with Operations, Compliance, Risk Management, Legal and Quality Control. All skills I feel I can transfer.
I really want to make a change. I find the recruiters and placement agencies exhausting. I have been searching now for 2 months and must find something soon. In Michigan, I always relied on networking and even in a slump found employment. This move to Chicago has been wonderful, I know I want to be here.
Do you have any advice on the right approach. I know if I could get my foot in the door that would be a start.

Welcome to Chicago! A job search IS overwhelming, and especially if you are unfamiliar and unconnected with the new city. It sounds like you have some strong skills that indeed can be transferable. I don't have the benefit of knowing all that you have attempted, but here are a few more suggestions.

What is the most effective method to find a corporate trainer position

What is the most effective method to find a corporate trainer position in Chicagoland? I'm not having any luck using the job boards.

In case you haven't heard, or read any articles about job searching - I'll say it here, loud and clear - USING THE JOB BOARDS IS THE LEAST EFFECTIVE WAY TO LAND A JOB! As has been recommended for many years and especially in such a tight job market, the best way to generate interviews and success in finding work is to NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!

What is an employer looking for

What is an employer looking for? I have been on many interviews and still have come up with nothing. Should I change my strategy?

Well, you are certainly correct, if what you are doing isn't working it would seem that a change of strategy is called for. If you are having many interviews but aren't being offered a position, you might need to improve your interview skills.

Focusing Your Search Strategies

I lost my job 2 months ago and since have been going from office to office looking for work. In the past 2 or 3 weeks I started going to hiring agencies and they don't seem to offer me any luck either. I am a college graduate with management experience and I am running out of ideas on where to find work. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me, anything would be greatly appreciated.

Job Training

Could you please tell me how to find any jobs that would train me, where I would fly across the country on a regular basis? I absolutely love to travel, and sincerely wish I could have a job like this. I have worked in many different jobs, none of these were professional jobs. I have had a very difficult time searching for a job like this (where they would train me). Most travel jobs (in any career field) require years of experience.

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