Services for Laid-off Workers
Laid-off workers can get assistance from Career Link.
- Apply for Unemployment Insurance
- Update your resume
- Explore options to retrain or update skills
I need to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI).
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 American Job 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.
I need help preparing a resume.
All eight Career Link offices have Basic Services in our Resource Rooms to assist job seekers. To access our services we will ask that you complete a Customer Service & Referral Form.
Our Resource Rooms 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.
I would like to explore my options 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 retraining grants with funds provided by 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 unemployment insurance benefits.
Your eligibility for these services can be determined by getting an Intake Appointment. Begin by coming into one of our offices and requesting an application for WIOA Services or print the Career Link Pre-Application and submit it to the office in the county where you currently live.