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Local Jobs Available This Labor Day

Hope for unemployed and underemployed this Labor Day with jobs available in the local area.

We have good news and bad news for the unemployed and underemployed this Labor Day: the

The bad news is that Illinois’s unemployment rate is still exceptionally high as of July 2012—8.9 percent—six points above the national average of 8.3 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

This doesn’t factor in all those folks who have given up looking for work because they think no jobs are available to them.

So on my daily walk I strolled past U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) service office on 95th Street in Oak Lawn. You can learn a lot reading Congressman Lipinski’s window. For example, did you know that the nation’s wealthy are stashing their money into “pirate banks?”

But the good congressman also had a couple of job ads posted there, which I ran over in my pajamas to copy at 1:45 a.m.

So in honor of those want a full-time job but have given up looking for work, for the unemployed and underemployed this Labor Day, here are some local places that are hiring. Good luck.

Train Conductors

Military veterans are especially encouraged to apply to become train conductors. The ad on Congressman Lipinski’s window didn’t mention which railroad line. The job pays $17.95 per hour. Send resumes to JGrant@eesforjobs.com or call 708-223-8629.

Sears Holdings

Sears is filling “non-seasonal” positions. Contact Jihan Gonzalez in human resources in Chicago Ridge at Jihan.Gonzalez@searshc.com or give her a call at 708-346-8081. For more career opportunities working for Sears Holdings, visit sears.com/careers.

Park Lawn

Park Lawn has several positions open for those interested in working with adults with developmental disabilities from drivers and direct services to job coaches and trainers. Visit Park Lawn for more information about career opportunities.

Meyer Tool and Manufacturing, Inc.

Meyer specializes in the “design and manufacture of cryogenics, vacuum and pressure equipment for scientific and commercial applications.” The company three positions open for a project manager, journeyman machinist and welder. The jobs offer benefits, a 401K and job security. Visit Meyer’s website for more information. To apply, email your resume to jobs@mtm-inc.com.

Lorraine Swanson September 04, 2012 at 09:17 AM
Jose, I've walked in your shoes. I wish you the best of luck in finding a new job. What kind of work are you looking for? I'll keep my ears open.
Lorraine Swanson September 04, 2012 at 09:18 AM
That is an excellent idea that I will pursue, Joe.
Vince September 04, 2012 at 10:16 AM
It amazes me that no one has touched on this subject be it lawmaker, reporter or common folk like us from the spiritual perspective. Im talking about the fact that we are in an era where just working to survive is NOT, I repeat NOT motive enough to work anymore. I am one of them! i AM 53, worked a s a casino dealer in my last job for 3 years before I was unjustly fired out of spite by a much younger mgr who didnt have 1/4 of my experience. And Im fed up I realize I made some unlucky choices in trades in my life but at 53....no, Im not willing to go back to school for 4 years to get a degree and after making almost $30 an hour as a "semi-skilled" worker considered a a hybrid job btween white and blue collar, there is nowhere I can go to get a job where working in a casino experience would be appreciated or needed from what I see. And my only other trade being in sales, I see no desire by any firm to hire older workers for mgmt positions. The 21st century is providing me with the surprise of my life.......AGE NO LONGER IS GIVEN ANY WEIGHT! If anything we are looked at as a "weight."
Vince September 04, 2012 at 10:26 AM
My friend who is my age and a very skilled carpenter when he went into Home Depot for a mgrs job which is way beneath him was taken aside and told "Honestly, I cant even consider hiring you. Why? How many good years left do you have before you retire? I can get one of my experienced clerks to do your job for 12 or 13 bucks an hour at the most and he will stay with us for 30 years just for the benefits." Also, many middle aged people like me who got into fields with security to make their family happy are now seeing the wisdom of what confucious said "If you take a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life." So many of us want jobs that reward the heart as well as the pocket. This wasnt true in our parents day when big corps. "took care of America". Look at the way the scales balance today. On one side you have 1-Immmigrants willing and getting trainee jobs with good futures over Americans because they are willing to work for next to minimum wage even with a college degree! 2-Younger people under 35-40 who are now "dabbling" in their second or 3rd career because they already "made it" On the Internet. 3-Older people like myself being passed over for mgmt positions because a younger man will do my job for 1/2 the money and big and small businesses seem to have lost the awareness of what older leadership can do for a company. 2-The other side is people(like myself) who ran out of patience,refusing to live everyday exactly the same.
Vince September 04, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Part 3-Im actually considering getting into a career in law enforcement. Ive always had an interest in it. But unlike our parents in their 50's even 60's or 70's, I feel pushed out of the job force by both younger Americans AND immigrants. I see huge differences in just looking for a job. 13 years ago I wrote my own resume to get a sales job, and I could always get a job with my experience in less time than a younger person. But now, since I have not kept up with the latest software programs(My bad...oh well.) I now have almost a zero shot to even meet the initial qualifications and these co's will not train an older person to get his wisdom and sales skills out of him. I feel like I dont belong in todays world any more at 53. Sadly, so do so many inner city youth who get into gangs now. Why is this "spiritual" side of employment not addressed at all? And look at the Internet, for 15 years Ive tried to learn how to navigate thru search engines to get my sites popular, and see tons of 20 year old kids who are semi illiterate put up 10 websites and make money off all of em! I feel put out to pasture. Anyone feeling me here?

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