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IDES offices will be closed Monday, May 27 for the federal holiday, but you can still certify and apply for benefits and access other online resources!  Please note that benefit payments may take longer to process during this time.  Offices will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 28.

Hire The Future

IDES makes it easy for qualified job seekers to find employment. Find out what careers match your skills and interests by using our online job resources. 

Hire the Future (HTF Flyer) is designed to provide youth, ages 16-24 with employment assistance, job readiness and career development services.

Employment and Job Readiness Assistance

  • Search for jobs online and setup a free account and learn how to use this system at​
  • ​To receive job readiness assistance and get prepared for your job search, use the IDES Office Locator to find an office nearest you.

Career Development Assistance

I​​DES offers all Illinois residents a variety of comprehensive, career exploration tools to help learn about the world of work, choose a career path and explore education and training. Click here for Career Information​ tools and resources.

Introduction to the Illinois Career Information System

Employer Incentives

Federal Fidelity Bonding

Fidelity Bonding protects employers against employee dishonesty, theft or embezzlement. A fidelity bond is insurance coverage that enables employers to hire job applicants considered to be "at risk" due to their past life experiences. 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

WOTC is a federal program that provides tax savings to employers who hire people from certain target groups​, including public assistance recipients, veterans, youth and ex-felons.​

Useful Links

​CIS Quick Reference Guide Learn about various occupations, education and training programs, assessments, scholarships and financial aid, and additional resources.

OSHA Learn about OSHA safety and health standards to prevent youth from being injured or becoming ill on the job. Also, federal and state child labor laws that apply to you.

Youth@Work – EEOC  The EEOC's goal is to eliminate illegal discrimination from the workplace for all workers. This website is designed to teach you about your rights and responsibilities as an employee.

Youth Rules​  Learn how to find wage & hour information and your state labor office.