Personal Branding for Millennials

Being able to express one’s own personal brand is as important to a job seeker as it is to the marketing gurus behind Apple or Nike’s latest product. Job seekers need to ask themselves, “What sets me apart, differentiates me from the competition, makes me unique?” Thinking that you’re too early in your career to Read More →


Start-up Diversity: Local and National Programs for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Casino and hotel magnate Steve Wynn and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson have something in common besides their success; they are entrepreneurs with disabilities. Wynn’s eyesight is acutely impacted by retinitis pigmentosa, and Branson is dyslexic to the point where his school headmaster told him, “You’ll either end up in prison or a millionaire.” With Read More →


Uncover Your Future—a New Way to Find a Career

JVS Chicago’s latest workshop, “Uncover Your Future,” is designed to help people find a career path instead of flailing aimlessly about the job market. “’I’ll do anything’ isn’t a job description,” said Roberta Glick, the JVS Chicago Career Counselor and Strategist who facilitates the new course. “Employers want to hire focused people with a skill Read More →


National Disability Employment Awareness Month – October 2015

To understand the history of the disability rights movement, learn more about the issues involved in hiring people with disabilities and gain insights as to how other employers and organizations are becoming inclusive, check out a few of these events around the state and in Chicago during October and November. Try and attend or send Read More →


Disability disclosure: What and when can employers ask an applicant?

What and when can employers ask an applicant? Your business is on board with diversity and inclusion. As an employer you know that creating and sustaining such a workplace is a sound business practice; many of your customers (and prospective customers) want to patronize businesses which employ a diverse workforce. Qualified individuals who have disabilities Read More →


Adding Diversity to Your Workforce

  A lingering myth surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act is that it forces employers to hire unqualified individuals with disabilities. In fact, unqualified candidates are not protected under the ADA. To be protected from discrimination in hiring, an individual must first meet all requirements for a job and be able to perform its essential functions Read More →


The War on Discouragement: Staying Motivated During a Long Job Search

Illinois has been particularly hard hit with long-term unemployment, with more than 40 percent of job seekers out of work for more than 27 weeks (the third highest in the US behind Washington, DC, and New Jersey). While the current job market has lowered unemployment to 4.2 percent, numbers for the long-term unemployed have barely Read More →


From Bright Idea to a Business: the Magnetic Appeal of a Children’s Game

Inspiration comes to budding entrepreneurs in the most unlikely ways. Justin Sakofs’ idea for a children’s game came to him during a service at shul; he became an entrepreneur by putting a sign on his lawn asking passersby if they were engaging their children in synagogue life. Sakofs, a Jewish educator who has worked in Read More →


Internships: Finding Work by Doing Work

If a college education is a big advantage in the job market, why the need for an internship? “In 1970 one in 10 Americans over 25 had a bachelor’s degree,” wrote Melissa Korn in the Wall Street Journal. “Now a third do. That means jobseekers need an edge.” Internships, apprenticeships and other trial work experiences Read More →


Credit Counseling for Entrepreneurs

As incredible as an idea may be for a new business, lenders won’t base a business loan on a start-up’s potential. Entrepreneurs need to rely on personal credit scores to secure financing early in their venture’s history. JVS Chicago lends to people who can’t qualify for bank loans, for example, through its Duman Entrepreneurship Center, Read More →



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