Services for Laid-off Workers
Laid-off workers may qualify for assistance from Career Link.
- Apply for Unemployment Insurance
- Update your resume
- Explore options to retrain or update skills
Apply for Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance (UI) is administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the majority of laid-off workers apply for UI online at their website. IDES is co-located with Career Link in the Illinois workNet Center in Peoria. An IDES representative is also on-site at the Career Link office in Normal. We suggest you begin the process by applying online. If you go to the Peoria office, the staff there will direct you to an available computer in their resource room to apply online.
Prepare a Resume
All eight Career Link offices have Basic Services in our Resource Centers to assist job seekers. All Resource Centers offer free access to computers for typing a resume and for searching the internet for job leads. Staff are available to advise you on how to produce a resume and cover letters. You can also print copies of your resume to take to job interviews. If you need help, our staff can also help save your resume in your email so you can easily apply on-line for jobs. We also have a fax machine for sending resumes and other forms to employers.
Job seekers collecting Unemployment Insurance are required by IDES to register with Illinois JobLink. Career Link staff can assist job seekers with this online job matching service.
More information under the Job Seekers heading.
Opportunities to Retrain
Losing a job can be an opportunity to retrain or update skills. Career Link staff can help you explore your options. We also administer Tuition Assistance grants provided through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). Every year we assist hundreds of laid-off workers with funds to retrain. Laid-off workers receiving unemployment compensation with approval from Career Link can go back to school and collect their UI benefits.
You may be eligible for Tuition Assistance if you can answer "Yes" to one of these questions:
- Is your household Low-Income and/or receiving public assistance?
- Are you unemployed through no fault of your own, eligible/receiving/exhausted your unemployment insurance benefits?
- Have you been affected by a business closure or substantial layoff?
Apply for Tuition Assistance by visiting a Career Link office and completing a Tuition Assistance Application or by printing the Career Link Pre-Application and submitting it to the office in the county where you currently live.