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Getting Ready To Work

Governor Pat Quinn


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Introduction: IDES Re-Entry Employment Service Program

What is RESP?

4 Steps Towards a Job

Getting Ready to Work


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What is the Re-Entry Employment Service Program (RESP)?

  • RESP is a program dedicated to the employment of the formerly incarcerated


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4-Step Process:

  • Visit your local IDES office; request the Re-entry Liaison

  • Complete Job-Ready Checklist

  • Search for work; Re-entry Liaison will assist

  • The Rest is Up to You…


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1. Visit Your Local IDES Office:

  • Ask for the Re-Entry Liaison

    • He/She will assist you in identifying and overcoming employment hurdles


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2. The Re-entry Liaison Will:

  • Determine your job readiness

  • Register you in Illinois Skills Match (ISM)

  • Refer you to an agency (agencies) to overcome job readiness hurdles (housing, education, etc.)

  • When you are ready for work, will assist you in making a job match


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3. The Job Search:

  • Re-entry Liaison will:

    • Help you develop a job search strategy

    • Assist in matching you to prospective employers

    • Maintain contact with you about your job search


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4. The Rest Is Up To YOU!!!!!!!

  • Your responsibilities:

    • Make sure you have a good attitude

    • Work with us to become ready for work

    • Be a good employee


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Getting Ready To Work:

  • Get to Know Yourself

  • Cover Letters / Resume Writing

  • Job Search

  • Completing an Application

  • Telephone Etiquette

  • Getting Ready for an Interview

  • Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts

  • What’s Expected on the Job


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Get To Know Yourself

  • Do you know what type of job you want?

  • Do you know what you have to offer an employer?


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Cover Letter:

  • Guidelines :

    • Always provide a cover letter with your resume

    • Always type your cover letter

    • Begin your cover letter with an opening paragraph that tells what position you are applying for and where you saw or how you heard about the position


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Cover Letter Guidelines continued:

  • Include in your cover letter a paragraph or two summarizing the skills you have:

    • how do your skills relate to the position for which you are applying?

    • why do you want to work for the company?

    • why should they hire you?

  • End with a statement of appreciation and, if desired, when you will call to follow up


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Preparing A Resume

  • List all jobs, job titles and start/leave dates for the jobs you have held.

    • Did you work while incarcerated?

    • Have you done volunteer work?

  • For all jobs listed, write down your job duties


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Preparing A Resume continued:

  • Write down your educational history starting with highest grade completed

  • List any special skills you have or any licenses or certificates you may have


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The Job Search

  • Illinois Skills Match

  • Newspaper Ads

  • Internet

  • Personal Networking

  • Other strategies?


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Completing A Job Application:

  • Use your resume as a guideline when filling out an application

  • Remember: Tell the TRUTH

    • Review and Clean up your Illinois Rap Sheet

    • Know what you should disclose about your convictions

    • How do you list your convictions

  • Never write / Instead write

  • Take references with you


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Answering Application Questions:

  • Have you ever been arrested? If so, explain.

  • Have you ever been charged with a crime? If so, explain

  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If so, explain.

  • Have you been convicted of a crime in the last 7 years? If so, explain.


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Answering The Tough Questions:

  • Be honest

  • Be brief

  • Only answer the questions asked

  • Turn your negatives into positives


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How Do I List My Convictions?

Arrest DateDisposition DateConvictionSentence

1/19/94 5/19/94 10 Ill. Comp Sentence

Stat. 305/10-12 not indicated in case


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Telephone Etiquette

  • It’s more than being polite

  • Phone etiquette can get you to the next step in the hiring process


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Preparing For An Interview:

  • Interview Checklist

  • Identify and Overcome Employment Hurdles

  • Dressing for a Job Interview

  • Answering the Tough Questions

  • Questions to Ask in an Interview


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Interviewing:

  • Using the SAR Communication Method

  • Interview Assessment Form


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Situation, Action, Results (SAR):

  • Describe a SITUATION you were in at work

  • Tell what ACTION you took to resolve the issue

  • Explain the RESULTS of those actions


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Interviewing: Reasons People Don’t Get Hired

  • Poor appearance / Grooming

  • Poor communication skills

  • Lack of confidence, enthusiasm

  • Lack of maturity / Negative attitude

  • Incomplete or sloppy application, mistakes on resume

  • Hides past mistakes

  • Not curious about job and company, does not ask questions


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Interviewing: Avoid Common Interviewing Mistakes:

  • Prepare for your interviews

  • Present skills that match the job

  • Use two-way communication

  • Focus on what you can do for the company

  • Don’t place blame on or be negative about past employers / experiences

  • When / If asked about convictions be honest and positive (rehabilitated)

  • Follow up after each interview

  • Remember to send “Thank you” letter


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Telephone Interview

Panel Interview

Informal Interview

Layered-Questions Interview

Performance Interview

Assessment Instruments (Tests)

Types Of Interviews:


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What’s Expected On The Job:

  • Your Attitude and YOU

  • Ask yourself: Am I a good employee? How can I keep this job?

  • The rest is up to you…!


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