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New tool from IDES aims to help job seekers

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT

A new tool on Illinois’ help wanted job board targets workers who previously did not need aresume to get hired and those who lack confidence with their computer and Internet skills, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said in a recent news release.

The Resume Builder on Illinoisjoblink.com features an intuitive self-service approach. Step-by-step, Resume Builder creates a resume designed to pass through computer filters employers use to sort job applicants. Resume Builder also takes the user’s information and, using that same word-search technology employers use, identifies job openingsthat match the worker’s skills.

“Resume Builder is a field guide for workers who did not rely upon a resume to get hired,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said in the news release. “This tool walks workers through the resume-building process. It does so in a way that respects their decades of work success and finishes with a product that will be noticed by hiring managers who grew up with Internet technology.”

The IDES job link website features more than 150,000 help-wanted ads and 60,000 resumes, according to the news release, and is free for workers and employers.

No-cost HR recruitment services for employers and workers are available at the website and at 877-342-7533.

Individuals who apply for unemployment insurance automatically are registered at Illinoisjoblink.com. Once registered, workers can then select My Homepage to access My Resume. Individuals who have not applied for benefits can create an account and follow thesame steps through My Homepage and My Resume, according to the news release.

Access to services for basic needs and job training are located at www.ides.illinois.gov/assistance.

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