JVS Chicago

JVS logoJVS Chicago serves more than 8,000 job seekers, employers and entrepreneurs annually. Services include career counseling, job skills and customized job training, professional job placement and matching; small business development, credit building and access to capital. JVS provides programs for youth, seniors, and people with disabilities, serving entry level to advanced career job seekers. Locations across Metropolitan Chicago.

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

JVS Chicago *

Central Offices
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Email: info@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Serves more than 8,000 job seekers, employers and entrepreneurs annually. Services include career counseling, job skills and customized job training, professional job placement and matching; small business development, credit building and access to capital. JVS provides programs for youth, seniors, and people with disabilities, serving entry level to advanced career job seekers. Locations across Metropolitan Chicago.

Academic Scholarships *

JVS Chicago
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Email: info@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. They are available for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. Assistance is available primarily for those with financial need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions.

Career Moves

JVS Chicago
Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Email: careermoves@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Counselors and coaches empower and support professionals and skilled workers who have been impacted by unemployment. We offer help in identifying a viable career path, creating a brand that sells, resume and cover letter writing assistance, mock interviews and a unique job search workshop series. Fees apply for individual counseling sessions, but scholarships are available based on need.

Credit Builder Program

JVS Chicago
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Email: info@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Enrollees receive a free credit report and credit score analysis, strategies on how to improve a credit score if needed and assistance with budgeting, savings and other personal financial matters.

Employer Services *

JVS Chicago
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606-5056
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Email: info@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Employer partners save time, money and effort with customized recruitment, pre-screening, post-hiring support and diversity hiring.

ESL, Workplace Education & Literacy *

JVS Chicago
6526 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 743-5638
Fax: (312) 553-5524
Email: info@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Adult Basic Education classes in reading, math and writing— skills needed to find and keep a job. English as a Second Language to develop the speaking and listening skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

EZRA *

JVS Chicago
909 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 275-0866
Fax: (773) 477-5123
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

State-funded program for job seekers who are 21 and meet one of these criteria: a disability or other barrier to success; deaf or hard of hearing; low-income; homeless; ex-offender, or high school dropout. Assistance in job search, resume writing, and interviewing skills. On-site job coaching and follow-up.

Hire U *

Metro Chicago Hillel
924 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 829-1595
Email: metrochicagohillel@juf.org
Web: http://www.metrochicagohillel.org
Contact: Jessica Ost, jessicaost@metrochicagohillel.org

Delivers relevant career services to Hillel students in Metro Chicago. Workshops cover effective resume writing, interview skills, and networking opportunities to help them launch successful careers. Joint program of Hillel and JVS.

Illinois SBDC/Duman Entrepreneurship Center *

JVS Chicago
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5523
Email: sbdcdumancenter@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

One-on-one business advice at no charge for existing and start-up small businesses; entrepreneurial training, business assistance, mentoring and access to capital.

Customized business education to plan and start a small business – taught by certified business advisors – follows the award-winning Core Four® Business Training Curriculum, which includes Success Planning, Market Planning, Financial Planning and Operations Planning. Additional services include credit building, technical assistance, and mentoring.

Jewish Employment Network (JEN) *

JVS Chicago
Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5525
Email: info@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Brings together unemployed Jewish professionals offering a sense of community during a difficult and solitary time: the job search. JEN provides networking opportunities, strategic career coaching and job placement assistance to Jewish professionals through one-on-one and group sessions. Panels of speakers and networking events help community members learn, connect, build skills and find jobs. For each level of job seeker – senior level, mid-level or recent college and young professionals – JEN offers comprehensive and specific strategies appropriately geared toward that level.

Jewish Teens and Women Credit Building & Savings Help *

JVS Chicago
3525 W. Peterson Ave.
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Email: sharonbelloff@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

The Credit, Asset Building & Savings Help (CASH) program, funded by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, helps Jewish female teens and women to build their overall financial capability skills through group educational programs and individualized confidential meetings.

JVS Northwest Suburban Office *

1156 W. Shure Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5527
Email: jvsah@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Career counseling, job placement, JEN, and disability placement services.

JVS Skokie Office *

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5525
Email: jvsskoki@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Career counseling, job placement, refugee services, college counseling, JEN, computer technology center.

REACH – Resources for Educational Achievement, Collaboration and Health Serving Chicagoland Jewish Day Schools *

JVS Chicago
Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3772
Fax: (773) 467-3799
Email: juliegordon@jcfs.org
Web: http://www.jcfs.org
Contact: Julie Gordon

Helps Jewish day schools to meet children’s academic, social-emotional, and health needs, so that children with different learning styles, abilities, challenges and special needs can access a Jewish education that reflects their parents’ values. Providing resources and services at individual schools, developing systems and protocols, and providing affordable assessments and consultations, REACH helps school staff to meet students’ needs. REACH’s partners include JFMC, JCFS and the ATT. PLEASE NOTE: Parents interested in REACH should contact their school’s principal.

Senior Aide Program *

JVS Chicago
216 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (855) INFO-JVS
Fax: (312) 553-5544
Email: info@jvschicago.org
Web: http://www.jvschicago.org

Opportunities for unemployed, low-income, 55+ job seekers to build the experience and confidence needed for permanent employment while earning a salary through paid community service.

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