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  • 2017
    5/26

    Watch the Archived Resume Builder Series!

    ​The Illinois workNet Resume Builder series ended yesterday and we want to thank everyone that joined us for these sessions! Below you will find the follow-up for the last four sessions we had this week, including the handouts and links to the recordings.

    Resume Builder Tool

    Illinois workNet hosted a webinar on May 23, 2017 that featured our Resume Builder Tool. The focus of this webinar was actually building a resume with the tool.

    During the webinar we focused on the following resume tool features:

    • Selecting a sample
    • Editing sections
    • Using the format features
    • Infobytes, Action Verbs and Examples

    Download the handout from the webinar (PDF) and watch the recording below or on YouTube.


    Letter and Portfolio Builder Tools

    The Illinois workNet Resume Builder Tool has many useful tools besides just building a resume. Two of those tools were demonstrated during this webinar on May 23, 2017 at 1PM.

    In this webinar we covered:

    Letters:

    • the 9 different styles of letters that can be created in the Resume Builder tool,
    • how to use the tools with the letter feature,
    • how to share, download and save the letter,
    • how to create a welcome page for your website.

    Portfolios:

    • how portfolios can be used for other than artists
    • the 7 different types of portfolios that can be created
    • how to add or delete items in a portfolio.

    Download the handout from the webinar (PDF) and watch the recording below or on YouTube.


    Websites and Video Resume

    Did you know that you can create a video resume and a mini-website for youself in the Illinois workNet Resume Builder tool? If you didn't and always wanted to do a video resume, this webinar is a must-watch!

    On May 24, 2017 at 10AM we covered how to create and use a website incorporating all of the tools previously covered in our other webinars on the Resume Builder tool. When employers search for you on the internet, having a web presence will hlep you be found. Add the resume, skills assessments, portfolios and letters to your website, pick an appearance and share your personal link on your cover letters and resume!

    Video resume's were the other half of our webinar on May 24. We demonstrated how to create a video resume with our resume builder tool. Two options were demonstrated - one with a teleprompter and the other without. Watch the recording for tips to create your own.

    Download the handout from the webinar (PDF) and watch the recording below or on YouTube.


    Interview Prep and GPS Tool

    This last webinar, on May 25th, focused on the Interview practice section of the tool that is powered by Optimal Resume.

    The webinar demonstrated how to use the interview tool to practice a variety of question sets by using a web camera and using a text only option. Not only can you practice with this tool, but you can share how you answered each question with a coach to get feedback before you take your interview skills on the road!

    In addition, we touched on how you can opt in to the "GPS" feature of the Illinois workNet Resume Builder.

    Download the handout from the webinar (PDF) and watch the recording below or on YouTube.


  • 2017
    5/24

    disabilityworks Video Series Now Available

    ​The disabilityworks video series is now available at www.disabilityworks.org!

    This informational series of short videos covers a broad range of topics for jobseekers with disabilities and employers, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, how to seek services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Vocational Rehabilitation, and much more! Check them out today!

    You can also check out each of the playlists on YouTube:

    Coming soon we will have ASL videos covering State Services for Individuals!

  • 2017
    5/19

    Assessments with the Illinois workNet Resume Builder Tool

    ​Have you ever evaluated the skills and abilities that you possess and would highlight in your resume or on an interview? The Resume Builder tool in Illinois worknet offers so much more than just creating a resume. On the May 18, 2017 webinar we covered the different aspects of using the Skills Inventory and the Proficiency List like:

    • adding or deleting skills that you have,
    • adding or deleting experience categories, and
    • how to format the words in the inventory item.

    All of these items provide opportunities for you to highlight positive statements about those items associated with your career pathway.

    Download the handout from the webinar (PDF) and watch the recording below or on YouTube.


    Check out the rest of the scheduled sessions below and register for each that you want to attend! We've grouped some of the tools together while still keeping these sessions in a short timeframe.

    Eventbrite - Illinois workNet Resume Builder Series


  • 2017
    5/15

    SNAP to Success - Webinar Follow-Up

    SNAP To SuccessIllinois is proud to announce the upcoming implementation of the SNAP To Success program.  SNAP To Success aims to build upon IDHS’s current Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programs (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) program by leveraging a federal funding stream new to Illinois to partner with new providers and ultimately help thousands of additional SNAP participants find employment, advance in their career and achieve self-sufficiency.

    The implementation of SNAP To Success is the beginning of a new direction in the provision of Employment & Training services throughout the State.  Click the following link to learn more about SNAP To Success: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=93875.

  • 2017
    5/12

    REGISTER - Resume Builder Webinar Series

    Illinois workNet has scheduled the next round of webinars and you don't want to miss out!

    Make an "optimal" first impression by creating your online presence with the Illinois workNet Resume Builder! More than just resumes, you can build cover letters, portfolios, and even practice live interviewing with these tools!

    Check out each of the scheduled sessions below and register for each that you want to attend! We've grouped some of the tools together while still keeping these sessions in a short timeframe.

    Eventbrite - Illinois workNet Resume Builder Series

  • 2017
    5/08

    Employment Rights Helpline Launches to Help People with Disabilities

    Equip for Equality LogoOn May 1, 2017, Equip for Equality launched the NEW initiative called the Employment Rights Helpline. The following was part of the news release:

    The Helpline is a new, free, statewide service to provide people with disabilities with legal rights information and advice, as well as self-advocacy assistance to help them navigate employment issues that arise. Equip for Equality is the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy System that safeguards the rights of people with disabilities in Illinois.

    To access the Helpline, people with disabilities can call toll-free: 1-844-RIGHTS-9 (or 1-844-744-7489) and a trained attorney will respond to the call. People with disabilities can also email the Helpline at: employment@equipforequality.org.

    Helpline staff can:

    • Discuss legal rights under the ADA
    • Answer employment rights questions
    • Assist with reasonable accommodation requests
    • Help understand options
    • Share fact sheets, sample letters and forms

    You can read the entire news release on the Equip for Equality website.