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Aldi Job Fairs

Aldi is holding multiple job fairs in Chicagoland on Monday, January 20 to fill 100 new positions. For positions in the area north of Interstate 290, the job fair will be at Hotel Lincoln – 1816 N. Clark St., Chicago starting at 7:00a.m. to 6p.m. For more information/details: Aldi Job Fair.

By julie collins on January 17, 2014 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Affordable Care Act to Create Temporary Jobs in Illinois

Approximately 800 temporary workers will be needed to help consumers apply for coverage, and will answer questions and explain differences between the insurance policies offered on the new online marketplace. They will help consumers figure out if they’re eligible for Medicaid or for new tax credits that will help many people pay for coverage.

Job applications are being collected online and anyone hired will get three days of training about health insurance, enrollment rules and other complicated aspects of the health law. Illinois must act quickly to be ready for Oct. 1, the first day of enrollment for the law’s new insurance opportunities.

Each in-person counselor must complete state and federal training and a fingerprint-based background check to become certified by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The training involves one day of online work and two days of in-person education.

If interested, please apply at: http://workinillinois-healthmarketplace.jobs/

By Patricia Smolin on August 22, 2013 Categories: Employment, Health Care Reform, Insurance, Jobs

Need Volunteers for your Business?

HandsOn Suburban Chicago has opportunities for businesses to post openings for volunteer help. This long-standing organization has a portal for employee volunteerism and nonprofit connections.

Need to fulfill hours for court-appointed service? Scan hundreds of openings to meet requirements in time.

In transition while job searching and want to volunteer in your field of interest? It keeps you tied to the market while you’re looking.

Teens looking to build skills and gain experience will also be considered.

By Patricia Smolin on May 23, 2013 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Salary Surveys

Want to know what others in your field may be earning?  There is always salary.com, but there is also some specific detail available thru the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  BLS Wage Data provides occupation, compensation, industry, geographic, and other demophraphic figures which can be very helpful in setting and negotiating salaries.

By Patricia Smolin on December 21, 2012 Categories: Economic, Employment, Jobs

IDES is holding a Healthcare & Healthcare Technology Hiring Event

IDES is holding a Healthcare & Healthcare Technology Hiring Event tomorrow.

WHEN:           Thursday, October 25, 2012
TIME:             10:00 until 11:00 Veterans
                         11:00 until 2:00 Open to the General Public
WHERE:        723 West Algonquin Rd, Arlington Hts, Illinois

 LivHome, Skokie
Positions: Caregivers, CNA’s and Personal Assistants

VNA Health Care, Aurora
Positions: Systems Administrator, Information Technology Help Desk, and EMR Form & Template Developer

SeniorBridge, Northfield
Positions: CNA’s and Health Aides

Addus Healthcare, Inc., Palatine
Positions: Payroll Specialist, Database Developer, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist

Freedom Home Care, Highland Park
Positions: CNA’s and Caregivers

Alexian Brothers Health Systems, Elk Grove
Positions: CNA’s, PCT and Administrative Positions

Clearbrook, Arlington Heights
Positions: Rehab Aids, Mental Development Trainers and Residential Counselors

Home Instead, Elk Grove Village
Positions: CNA’s and Residential Counselors

By Patricia Smolin on October 24, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Senior Job Seekers

AARP has a new employment site,  workreimagined.org. You can log into it through your LinkedIn ID. It lists job openings from organizations with a commitment to hire older workers.

On a related note, MPPL is hosting a session on Tuesday 11/20/12 at 1:30p:

What the Senior Candidate Has to Offer: Wisdom, loyalty, experience – are you making the most of your marketable qualities as a mature job seeker? Bob Podgorski of St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry will offer tips for presenting your skills and experiences as a senior candidate to a potential employer. Please register online or by calling 847-253-5675.

By Patricia Smolin on October 11, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs, Seniors

TaskRabbit, Postmates and Cherry

New ways to post and reply to odd job requests include using smartphone apps like TaskRabbit, Postmates and Cherry.

Brad Stone, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, shared his experiences on a recent NPR program, Marketplace.

By Patricia Smolin on September 15, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs, Technology

Has Your Job Been Affected by Foreign Competition?

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal program that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.

The TAA program seeks to provide these trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. The program benefits and services that are available to individual workers are administered by the states through agreements between the Secretary of Labor and each state Governor.

Program eligibility, technical assistance, and oversight are provided by the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.

By Patricia Smolin on July 24, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs

New Business Title Recommendations

Please take a look at some of the new business titles we’ve added to our collection.

Mind Over Business: How to Unleash Your Business and Sales Success by Rewiring the Mind/Body Connection by Kenneth Baum and Bob Andelman

Breakthrough Entrepreneurship by Jon Burgstone and Bill Murphy Jr.

Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore by Kaihan Krippendorff

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) by Noam Wasserman

Coming Soon:

The Bootstrapper’s Guide to the Mobile Web: Practical Plans to Get Your Business Mobile in Just a Few Days for Just a Few Bucks by Deltina Hay

At Your Service: How to Attract New Customers, Increase Sales, and Grow Your Business Using Simple Customer Service Techniques by Frank Eliason

Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have by Dimitri Maex and Paul B. Brown

By Patricia Smolin on June 23, 2012 Categories: Business, Employment, Jobs

State plans veterans job fair in Chicago 3/28/12

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is planning a job fair for veterans on March 28 in Chicago.

The department says it expects more than 100 Chicago-area businesses to send representatives to the four-hour job fair.

High numbers of veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars have had trouble finding work when they leave the service. Unemployment rates among veterans have been consistently higher than for the population in general the past few years.

In its announcement, the department says veterans should come to the fair dressed appropriately and with resumes.

The fair will be at The Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue starting at 9 a.m.

Other online resources for veterans in a job search include:

America Wants You (recent news article on AWY)

VetJobs

MilitaryHire.com

U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs recruitment website

National Veterans Association

By Patricia Smolin on March 30, 2012 Categories: Employment, Jobs, Veterans