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Recruit and Hire Veterans

The success of your business depends upon the quality of your employees. But finding the best people for your workforce can be costly and time consuming. The Illinois Department of Employment Security has a solution for reducing cost and risk at the front end of your recruitment efforts: Hire a Veteran First.

By hiring a U.S. Veteran not only are you receiving a highly trained employee with a solid work ethic and proven skills, you can qualify your business for tax credits to incentivize hiring a veteran. Also, IDES can help you recruit veterans through our Business Services teams or via our online labor exchange system

Is your company a federal contractor? IDES can assist with your employment compliance efforts.

Find Veteran Employees

  • Setup a free account, learn how to use it, and search for veteran employees. If you need assistance posting or working your job openings to recruit veterans, contact our Business Services team.
  • View our events including job fairs and workshops.
  • Use tax credits of up to $9,600 to incentivize hiring a veteran, using the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Additional Information

For more information on hiring Vets:

  • Register with Illinois Job​Link where employers can find qualified candidates to fill their current job openings and requirements.
  • For additional veterans services and links, please visit: IDES Veteran Services.

If you would like to learn more about federal, state, and local benefits and resources available for Veterans visit the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to find the Veteran Service Officer nearest you.​