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Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global helps with resume writing and job placement support for the immigrant professional population with specialized skills. 
UpGlo works with both job seekers and potential employers. Qualifications to become a registered jobseeker within this program are available on their site.  
By MPPL on March 10, 2011 Categories: Employment, Immigration, Jobs

Small Business Jobs Act and the IRS

On Sept. 27, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, a significant piece of small business legislation. The tax provisions intended to lend support, tax cuts, and other opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Tax Information for Small Businesses also have a link for Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.
Additional info regarding detailed credits and translated IRS sites follow:
Hiring Credits:
Health Care Tax Credit:
Business Page (Spanish):,,id=162902,00.html
Spanish Information for Individuals & Businesses:
By MPPL on March 9, 2011 Categories: Business, Employment, Health, Insurance, Jobs, Taxes

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs assists veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under the laws of the United States, and the State of Illinois or any other governmental agency, through its forty-three Veterans' Services Offices located statewide; to evaluate and approve veterans' education and training programs available at colleges, universities and vocational training centers in Illinois, to provide skilled nursing and domiciliary care for eligible veterans; and administer State grants and benefits to eligible Illinois veterans.

The guidebook, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs: Benefits for Veterans, is available online.

By MPPL on February 8, 2011 Categories: Education, Employment, Veterans

Executive Network Group

The ENG's (Executive Network Group) works to network and build professional relationships among active members, ENG alumni, employers, executive recruiters and other service providers and support groups.

ENG draws membership from a three-state area, and offers a pool of management talent for both interim consulting projects and full-time positions. They assist members in their job search activities by facilitating networking among people dedicated to filling jobs, advancing careers and satisfying the needs of recruiters and employers.

The group meets monthly at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Details on upcoming agendas, fees, and ENG events can be located at

By MPPL on February 4, 2011 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Job Help for 50+ at Arlington Heights Senior Center

The Arlington Heights Senior Center has programs for job seekers over the age of 50 and opportunities for one-on-one scheduled appointments with  Bruce Cruz.  A presentation on the benefits of volunteering during unemployment will be held on Monday 2/21/11 at 7p and another session on job interview preparation will be hosted on Monday, 3/14/11 at 7p.  Registration is required for both: 847-253-5532. The center is at 1801 W. Central Road. There are no residency requirements.

By MPPL on January 11, 2011 Categories: Employment, Jobs, Seniors

Women's Program at Harper College

The Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College supports the education and employment goals of people in economic need.  These may be single parents, displaced homemakers, women who have experienced domestic violence, non-traditional career seekers or those with limited English proficiency.  The program gives the opportunity to build computer skills, career development, and job searching assistance.

By MPPL on December 21, 2010 Categories: Education, Employment, Health, Jobs, Literacy

Northern Cook County Community Resource and Job Fair tomorrow 10/20/10

Tomorrow is the Northern Cook County Community Resource and Job Fair at the Forest View Educational Center from 11a-3p.  Meet with local employers and learn about assistance with: Healthcare, Employment, Food, Housing, Credit, Financial Planning, Utilities, Domestic Violence, and Other Supportive Community Services.

By MPPL on October 19, 2010 Categories: Employment, Finance, Health, Housing, Jobs, Rent

District 214 Community Education

Information about the ESL (English as a Second Language), ABE (Adult Basic Education), Read to Learn Adult Literacy, Citizenship, GED (English and Spanish) programs are available through District 214 Community Education.

Download 214 ESL_ABE_Citizenship 847-718-7725

Services to help you apply for Public Benefits/Food Stamps Assistance/Health Care, Jobs, and the Women’s and Children’s Center are also detailed in the following link. 

Download 214 Outreach  847-713-7719


By MPPL on September 13, 2010 Categories: Education, Employment, Health, Immigration, Literacy

Resume and Cover Letter Templates

The Library has many print and electronic resources to help you write a resume and cover letter.  Career Transitions, Fergusons Career Guidance Center, and the Adult Career Center/ are available to all patrons visiting the library and accessible from home or remote access to MPPL cardholders.  Easy-to-access templates are also available on, which you may download and tailor to your work history and background. Other features to check out are the America's Service Locator to find out where one of the 3000 offices are nearest to you, and the Employer Locator to source potential job openings. is provided by the Department of Labor.

A valuable webinar we offered from the Adult Career Center is archived and available for you to view from within our Library or by remote access if you're a MPPL cardholder.  In the Adult Education and Career Center, you may view the Resume Writing Workshop Video Series (Event 1), presented by Barbara Safani.

By MPPL on August 24, 2010 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Career Stimulus Program at Harper College

Harper College hosts a monthly support program for job searchers called Career Stimulus.  Please visit the Career Stimulus site for more information regarding the minimal fee, registration, and schedule.

By MPPL on May 18, 2010 Categories: Employment, Jobs