One of the major obstacles affecting Veterans in their job search is how complex the process of securing a job can be. Not only is finding open positions difficult, but applying to them involves numerous steps which require forethought and care. Furthermore, many modern professionals extol the virtues of leveraging social media to brand yourself to potential employers. Today’s job seekers need a variety of skills to be successful, and the task doesn’t seem to be getting any easier.
Fortunately for veterans in Illinois, the government has launched a new program that will attempt to leverage social media in a user-friendly way to help connect veterans with jobs. Developed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Army UCX will use social media channels to put job-seeking veterans in touch with IDES services and Illinois state services.
“Illinois has a good story to tell regarding Veterans and work. The Veteran unemployment rate in Illinois is below the civilian rate and lower than the national rate,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “However, the unemployment rate among young Gulf War II Veterans is unacceptably high across our nation. That is why we must find new ways to convey to Veterans that it is OK to ask for help. Army UCX guides Veterans to our door so we can personalize a service plan that meets the needs of that specific Veteran and their family.”
If veterans or employers are interested, information about the program can be found at Illinois Job Link.