Illinois employers in November posted 214,000 help-wanted ads on the Internet and 85 percent sought full‑time workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Monday, citing the independent Conference Board report. The data is seasonally adjusted.
The November tally is 2,000 more than October and 14,000 more than one year ago. November also marks the sixth consecutive month Illinois employers have advertised for more than 200,000 job opportunities.
“Successful job candidates build specific resumes for each opportunity rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Explain why your experience and skills will help a company succeed. Be very specific on why you can do well in the position and provide examples of past success.”
Help wanted leaders include the Bloomington/Peoria region (10,700), Decatur/Springfield (7,000), Rockford Stateline (6,800) Champaign/Danville (6,000) and the Quad Cities (5,200). The Chicago metro area (161,800) always will lead the state because it has the greatest population of any Economic Development Region.
The Conference Board collects the help wanted online data. The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association. The data represents industries that post online job ads. There likely are more opportunities because some industries, such as construction, typically do not advertise online.
Included in the data are 160,000 positions advertised on www.IllinoisJobLink.com. Job seekers can build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and experiences. Business owners can use keyword matching technology to search resumes and find the best candidate. IllinoisJobLink.com is free for workers and employers.
IllinoisJobLink.com also includes the resume-enhancement tool Resunate. The tool compares skills articulated in a resume against skills sought in a help-wanted advertisement. The comparison produces a score on the potential success of the resume meeting the needs of the employer and being noticed by a hiring manager. Resunate offers suggestions on wording, formatting and design to build a clear, concise resume that aligns with the demands of the specific help-wanted advertisement.
IllinoisJobLink.com also is a recruitment tool for the business community. Employers can call (877) 342‑7533, option 2, for more information on IDES’ free H.R. recruitment services.