Category: Employment

Real Talk!!! Looking for a Job???

Hey everyone, if you’re looking for a seasonal job over the summer break, run to your nearest Home Depot.  The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Home Depot will be hiring 2,000 seasonal workers this spring.  They have over 60 locations throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

U can apply online at or inside their store by checking out a kiosk.  Don’t worry if you’ve never had a job either.  They’ll train you in the areas of customer service, basic product knowledge, and where to find things in the store.



Six Flags Great America (in Gurnee, IL) is looking to fill over 1,000 jobs.  They will be having a job fair from 12 pm-8 pm, and all kinds of jobs will be available.

Job Fair Information

Six Flags Great America Job Fair
Tuesday, April 6 12-8 p.m.
542 N. Route 21 Gurnee, IL 60031 (Employee Entrance)

More Info:

  • Currently there are 1,000 positions still available for 2010 season
  • Looking for candidates in Food Services, Aquatics, Games, Rides, Attractions, Cash Control, First Aid EMTs &   Entertainment (Dancers & Actors)
  • (Food Services has a need for Bartenders and always looking for people with Management experience)
  • Available positions include part-time and full-time seasonal work
  • Season runs from Opening Day, April 24-October 31 (6 month long positions)
  • Six Flags Great America hires candidates 15 years or older
  • To date we have received over 10,000 applications (last year at this time we received roughly 7,000)
  • During this economy we have seen an increase in applicants 18+ and second wage earners
  • Pay range on average the pay ranges from $8.00-$10.00 an hour
  • Perks on top of free admission to the park, seasonal employees are eligible to receive medical benefits. We offer scholarships to our student employees (roughly 20 given out last year). We also offer flexible scheduling for students, teachers, parents and second wage earners.
  • Returning team members are offered positions first. Each season more than 1200 people return to Six Flags for seasonal employment. Many of those returning move up into Lead, Supervisor and Management positions. Almost half of our approximately 200 full-time staff started as a seasonal employee.
  • Applicants are encouraged to complete their online application at prior to the hiring event. If approved, a Six Flags representative will call you to schedule an interview. This system allows us to schedule individual interviews and get applicants out in 90 minutes or less, eliminating long lines.


“Hey, I Need a Job”

If you’re currently unemployed or looking for a job change, check this out.  I recently came across an email w/ looking for strong men and women, who want access to a good paying job.  It’s a great opportunity, pays great wages, and is provided by President Obama’s “infrastructure money” (money for jobs across the U.S.).

This particular job is located in Atlanta & even has a paid training.  The job title is a “Track Worker” but there’s room for promotion & advancement.  See this website for more details

Minimum Requirements to Apply:

  • High School diploma/GED
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Verbal comprehension/Communication skills/Reasoning skills/Basic Math

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Outside work experience/Welding experience
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

Benefits and Pay Rate:

  • Entry Rate $19.36/hour
  • Full Rate $21.52/hour


You will attend two or three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute in Atlanta , GA. CSX will pay for  travel, lodging and meals as required by collective bargaining agreement.


The 2010 summer employment application for Mayor Daley’s Youth Ready Chicago Program is available now at

This online application provides a means for youth, ages 14-24, to apply to many program partners, including Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, After School Matters, Chicago Housing Authority, City Colleges of Chicago & the Department of Family and Support Services.  Each partner has their own selection process and hiring qualifications.

The deadline for youth to apply for Daley’s Youth Ready Chicago summer opportunities is June 4th, 2010.  If you have questions please call 311 or visit

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be between 14-24 yrs old at the time of the application
  • Must live in the City of Chicago w/ a valid mailing address
  • Must have a Social Security number or a number that’s legally allowed to replace a social security number
  • Must have a guardian’s signature for applicants under the age of 18 at the time of application.


“College Isn’t For Everyone”

College isn't for everyone

I’ve heard the saying time and time again.  In some cases, people use it as an excuse as to why they didn’t try to get into college (ex. high school was boring so I knew college wasn’t for me, or “what’s the point, everyone isn’t meant to go to college anyway”).  But in some cases, it is the truth.  Some families cannot afford to put their children through college, some students don’t have the mental capacity or discipline for a college atmoshpere, and some youth have other plans following highschool (i.e. Cosmotology School- Hair designer, Barber, nail technician, auto mechanic, or trade school).  If you aren’t going to college after high school and may not be interested in any of the jobs I just listed, here are some other options.  Whatever you decide, don’t forget to plan for your future!!

1. Aides supervisor $60,652

Aides supervisors typically supervise home-health aides, monitoring quality of care and setting work schedules.

2. Assembly supervisor $59,926

Assembly supervisors oversee workers who put together products by using power tools or other dangerous equipment.

3. Assistant site manager $86,584

At a construction site, assistant site managers report to head site managers and plan, direct and coordinate the necessary tasks to complete that day’s activities.

4. Automobile service station manager $81,793

The manager draws up guidelines for gas stations and automotive repair shops and decides on hours of operation, assigns job duties and sets prices for services and products.

5. Cable supervisor $71,826

Cable supervisors monitor workers who install, maintain and repair cables, and also perform related services.

6. Carpenter supervisor $70,565

Carpenter supervisors oversee carpentry work on a specified project to ensure that workers are on schedule and executing plans accordingly. The supervisor also performs some of the carpentry duties if time permits.

7. Chemical supervisor $67,114

Chemical supervisors oversee workers who make chemical products, which involves handling dangerous substances and following strict guidelines.

8. Construction equipment operator $50,783

These operators are in charge of the large tools and equipment used during construction projects and they also inspect the equipment for safety and performance issues.

Click here to see the rest of the list: 20 Jobs- No Degree, Nice Salary


Employment For Ex Offenders


Under Mayor Daley the city of Chicago has developed a WorkNet partnership of organizations that are comitted to working with ex offenders and helping them get back in the workforce. Without a job many ex offenders will become new offenders so if you or someone you know could benefit from these services please contact the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development at  312-746-7777 or one of the following centers.

Career Advancement Network
20 E. Jackson, Suite 1500

Chicago Career Center
11004 S. Michigan

The CARA Program
703 W. Monroe

Chicago Christian Industrial League
2750 W. Roosevelt

Chicago Federation of Labor
130 E. Randolph

Chicagoland Youth and Adult Training Center
6301 S. Halsted

Community Assistance Program
435 W. 119th

Goodwill Industries
2435-37 W. 63rd

Greater West Town Project
790 N. Milwaukee
312-432-1300  312

Heartland Alliance
1525 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

Howard Area Community Center
1623 W. Howard

Illinois Manufacturing Foundation
2101 S. Kedzie

Inspiration Corporation
4554 N. Broadway, Suite 207

3726 W. Flournoy

4628 W. Washington Blvd.

571 W. Jackson

St. Leonard’s Ministries
2100 W. Warren

St. Sabina/Catholic Bishop of Chicago
7909 S. Racine

Westside Health Authority
5816 W. Division St.

Woodlawn Preservation
6101 S. Evans

Programs for Women

   The Enterprising Kitchen
   4426 N. Ravenswood
   773-506-3880  773-506-3880  or
   1014 N. Hamlin


OAI, Inc. is now accepting applications for a 13-week job training program in the environmental remediation and construction field.  The Minority Worker Training Program is a full-time training program that runs from 8 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.  The 12 weeks of training happens in 3 stages:

  • Professional Studies
  • Environmental, Health & Safety Training
  • Shop & Hands On

You will receive:

  • Free meals & transportation
  • Over 8 different licenses and certificates

To qualify you must be:

  • Male or female
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Have a VALID Driver’s License
  • Be physically able to do the work
  • Able to pass a reading & math

Classes start March 2010

Call today at 312-528-3518

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

180 North Wabash Avenue

4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601


Fax- 312-5283501


Bring In The New Year With A J.O.B.

What Is The Census And Why Should I Care?

The 2010 Census is fast approaching and the Government is looking for thousands of people across the country to help go out into the community to collect data. As you may know the Census only happens every 10 years dating back to 1790. It is used to gather demographic information across the country including Age, Race, and Social Status as well as total number of people in each area. This information will be used in several ways on the National and State level. Its results affect funding for communities, as well as other things like the total number of electoral votes a state may have in an election.

How Do I Get Some $$$  From The Census?

To sign up as a census data collector call Toll Free 1-866-861-2010 or contact your local Census office. Here is a list of the ones in the Chicago Area.

Oneida Street
Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: 815-272-2660
Census takers start at: $16.00/hour

North State Street
Lock Port, IL 60441
Phone: 815-221-4490
Census takers start at: $17.50/hour

West Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067
Phone: 847-221-1250
Census takers start at: $17.50/hour

South Highland Ave
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630-785-2920
Census takers start at: $17.50/hour

Vernon Hills
Lakeview Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60661
Phone: 847-613-6780
Census takers start at: $17.50/hour

Chicago Far North
North Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-600-9020
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Chicago Northwest
West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: 773-355-5810
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Chicago North
West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773-598-1300
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Chicago West
West Arthington Street
Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773-446-1160
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Holiday Drive
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-668-9730
Census takers start at: $17.50/hour

Chicago Far Southwest
South Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL 60652
Phone: 773-627-5710
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Chicago Near South
North State Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-265-8680
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Chicago Center
North Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-453-9060
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Chicago Far South
South Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: 773-896-9660
Census takers start at: $18.25/hour

Temporary Census workers can expect to work 20-40 hours a week mostly in evenings and weekends for 5-10 weeks.

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