Promote Laid Off Worker Assistance (LOWA) Activities
- Demonstrate how quickly people can find what they are looking for using the portal.
- Find a Job
- Prepare for a Job
- Explain that anyone can benefit from Illinois workNet and it can be accessed from anywhere there is Internet access including on their phone, at home, a friend’s house, schools, resource rooms, and libraries.
- Display Illinois workNet LOWA marketing materials.
- Explain that Illinois workNet provides easy access to a number of resources through state and local partnerships and all resources are verified to be good and worthwhile.
Provide Illinois workNet
LOWA materials at layoff events.
If workers have an email address, email them the Illinois workNet URL to their
company layoff page.
Have a career fair on site at the closing business location and use the portal to
advertise the career fair to other surrounding businesses.
Offer to come to an employer who is going through a layoff to demonstrate the portal before layoffs occur.
- Use the portal to show individuals where to find the information they need for education and training programs, highlighting the careers, wages, and trends area.
Offer customized workshops during off hours, such as in the evening where the participants can use the resource room computers and view a demonstration of the portal.
Have a workshop or series of workshops incorporating the portal to show how to find resources and connect to services. For example, the series could include: connecting to services such as applying for Unemployment Insurance, finding health insurance, and budgeting.
- With the employer’s permission, during layoff events, encourage individuals to go online and set up an Illinois workNet account.
Work with the employer to set up a time before or after a shift where employees can access Illinois workNet through a set of computers.
Work with community college partners to set up times when individuals can access Illinois workNet through their career centers, library, or computer labs.