Illinois workNet will be holding an upcoming webinar for Job Seekers that will demonstrate the New Virtual Job Fair (VJF) tools available on Illinois workNet. This is a new opportunity for Job Seekers to learn about and apply for job openings as well as communicate with representatives from employers that are hiring in Illinois for free. Job seekers will be able to explore these employer booths and attend Virtual Job Fair events to explore what opportunities are available to them and learn about their future employer. Register for the webinar here.

As a result of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) several Illinois businesses have closed or adapted their business hours and processes. If you are looking for immediate job openings in the metro Chicago area please visit this link. Unemployment benefits may be available to individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Visit the IDES website on COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits for more information. To submit a Unemployment Insurance claim online click here. On 3/26 IDES announced that it was taking steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment claims. More information on how IDES has improved the unemployment benefit claims process can be found in this News Release . If you are from an Illinois business that just went through a layoff you can use the Illinois workNet Company Specific Search to find you company specific layoff page to connect you to services and resources available to individuals affected by that layoff. For additional information and resources for Individuals Affected by COVID-19 check out this article.