Business Services

Employer Resources


Illinois workNet

Search for talent, find training resources, get information on managing your business, plus get help from business representatives.
>> Go to the Illinois workNet website

Illinois Department of
Employment Security (IDES)

  • Unemployment Insurance
    General tax information, answers to common questions, forms and filing assistance: (800) 247-4984
  • TaxNet and SIDES: (866) 274-5697
    Employers may create a secure Web account to file required reports and pay taxes.
  • Illinois JobLink 
    Business owners may use keyword matching technology to search resumes and find the best candidate. In addition, IDES offers no-cost HR recruiters to assist employees in identifying the types of employees they need and refers qualified applications. Our no-cost HR recruiters will even alert employers when one of the candidates hired is eligible for tax credits of up to $9,600. Veteran job seekers are flagged within to aide employers in recruiting veteran candidates. Visit, or call (877) 342-7533 for no-cost recruiting services.

The Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board (SIWDB) is working to bring prosperity and growth to our local communities.
>> Go to the SIWDB website

Adult Job Seekers

Job Seeker Resources


American Job Center Southern Illinois

The American Job Center Southern Illinois offers a variety of services and assistance through our partnering agencies. We can help you with:

  • getting a GED
  • improving reading, writing and/or math skills
  • returning to school for more training
  • finding a job or creating a resume
  • transportation to work or school
  • child care while at work or school
  • disability services
  • employment services for seniors
  • employment services for veterans
  • paying for food or medicine
  • paying rent or utility bills
  • finding a place to live
  • filing for unemployment insurance
  • expunging or sealing criminal records 

>> Go to the American Job Center Southern Illinois website


Illinois workNet

Find a new job, plan a job search, learn about careers, or improve your education.
>> Go to the Illinois workNet website


Illinois Department of
Employment Security (IDES)

  • Unemployment Insurance
    – File a claim at
    – Questions with a claim? Call (800) 244-5631
    – Certify benefits at, or call (312) 388-4337
  • Employment Services — IDES manages the state’s hiring board featuring more than 100,000 help-wanted ads. Job seekers may also build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and experiences. >> Go to



The following websites offer information on obtaining healthcare insurance and other healthcare needs:


Educational Institutions

The following is a listing of colleges and universities within our area:

John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Ph: (618) 985-2828  •  Toll-free: (800) 851-4720  •  TTY: (618) 985-2752

Rend Lake College
Main Campus
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, Illinois 62846
Ph: (618) 437-5321

Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Rd.
Ullin, Illinois 62992
Ph: (618) 634-3200  •  Toll-free: (800) 481-2242
(Note: Toll-free calling limited to 618, 270, & 573 area codes)

Southeastern Illinois College
3575 College Rd
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
Ph: (618) 252-5400  •  Toll-free: (866) 338-2742

Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Ph: (618) 453-2121


Resources for Veterans

Dedicated programs and services are available for Veterans both nationally and in Illinois. The Veterans Resource Guide from provides information and tools to help veterans find assistance. Read more about resources for Veterans >>

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