According to Greg Rivara, Communications Manager for Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the 100,000 Jobs Mission job fair held Thursday was a big success.
The event was held at UIC Forum and was attended by over 1,300 veterans and more than 60 companies. The 100,000 Jobs Mission is a collaboration of the IDES, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), JP Morgan Chase, Joining Forces, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), American Legion, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Student Veterans of America, U.S. Department of Labor – VETS, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Since the program’s launch in 2011, the group has collectively hired more than 12,000 veterans, and has a goal of 100,000 hired by 2020.
“There was really good camaraderie among the businesses,” Greg said. “All the jobs and veterans’ resumes were put into the IL Joblink to start the cross-matching before the event, so this group had pre-set appointments and specific candidates to interview as well. Using the interview rooms there, JP Morgan Chase announced they hired 3 people in the first hour.” In addition to this event, another job fair was held concurrently in Peoria in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.