Statewide Veteran Job Fairs come to
Job effort to promote hiring, tax
incentives, state economy
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[October 16, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- One of the
largest efforts to find employment for veterans kicks off Thursday
as the first Statewide Veteran Job Fair of 2012 comes to communities
across Illinois. The veteran-specific effort is a key part of Gov.
Pat Quinn's economic priorities to help veterans compete for newly
created private sector jobs.
"We respect our military families, who have sacrificed so much. And we must
continue to help our small business owners, who are leading our economic
recovery," Gov. Pat Quinn said. "Bringing these groups together is a
win-win-win. We help a veteran find a job. We help a business owner find a key
employee. And, together, we strengthen job creation and economic growth in
Illinois created the Statewide Veteran Job Fair in 2005 to recognize the
value that veterans bring to Illinois' workforce. Success and attendance has
grown each year. Invited businesses include those whose positions demand the
skills military veterans hone in the service. Individuals who attend should
bring resumes and be ready for brief interviews. As the state's workforce
leader, the Illinois Department of Employment Security manages the statewide
Veteran Job Fair effort and coordinates with local workforce partners.
"We know jobs are available. More than 120,000 positions in
Illinoisjoblink.com and 175,000 in
the help-wanted online index demonstrates our business leaders are ready to
hire," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Our economy is moving forward slowly
because our business leaders cannot find the right workers with the right
skills. Our Statewide Veteran Job Fairs are the year's most intensive effort to
bridge that gap."
Veterans make loyal employees because they respect authority, embrace
responsibility and thrive in a team environment. They emphasize group goals over
individual accolades. They understand technology, have the ability to learn and
already have experience in such fields as manufacturing, construction and
November is Hire a Veteran Month. Veterans Day is Nov. 11.
Earlier this year, Gov. Quinn increased the state income tax credit to up to
$5,000 for each qualified veteran who is hired. Additionally, employers might
qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $4,800 through the work opportunity
Prior to the fairs, veterans and employers should visit
Illinoisjoblink.com, the revamped
IDES help-wanted website. This no-cost, online career resource allows
individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and
allows businesses to search for specific skills. The keyword-matching technology
increases the likelihood of a successful new hire.
2012 Statewide Veteran Job Fairs across Illinois
- John A. Logan Community College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
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- Suburban Advocacy for Veterans Employment
A "Hiring Our Heroes" event with the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1415 W. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60653
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
6119 147th St.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
National Guard Armory
3101 Airport Road
Bartonville, IL 61607
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
2500 Carlyle Ave.
Belleville, IL 62221
Effingham National Guard Armory
1206 W. Temple Ave.
Effingham, IL 62401
109 E. Park St.
Champaign, IL 61820
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wilbur Wright College
4300 N. Narragansett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Rolland Lewis Community Building
800 S. 27th St.
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Department of Employment Security
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Illinois Office of
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