Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.
The program ensures that, if you meet the eligibility requirements of the law, you will have some income while you are looking for a job, up to a maximum of 26 full weeks in a one-year period, depending on when the claim was established. Unemployment insurance, however, cannot and does not protect you against wage losses while you are absent from work due to illness or while you are idle by choice.
IllinoisJobLink.com is the state’s help wanted internet job board managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Job seekers use it to look for work, which is a requirement to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Job seekers can create multiple resumes to emphasize different skill sets.
IllinoisJobLink.com features Resume Builder and Resunate.
Resume Builder provides step-by-step instructions to create an effective resume. Once built, the resume is immediately matched to existing help wanted ads that require the job seeker’s skills. Resunate scores the resume against a specific help wanted ad and offers suggestions on how to improve the resume before applying for the job. Resunate is freely available to anyone when accessed from an IllinoisJobLink.com account, regardless of employment status or eligibility for unemployment insurance.