New Illinois Law Prohibits Asking Job Applicants for Salary History

New Illinois Law Prohibits Asking Job Applicants for Salary History

On September 29, 2019, new amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 went into effect. 

Under the new amendments, employers and employment agencies can still ask you about your salary requirements or expectations.  And if you are applying for a new job with your current employer, they can access and consider your salary history.

Beyond the above, there are important new restrictions about the use of salary histories in the hiring process….

Book Review: I Just Graduated … Now What? By Katherine Schwarzenegger (2014)

Reviewed by Larry Wilson, MSW, LSW | Social Worker, Career Counselor

The subtitle of this book is “Honest Answers from Those Who Have Been There”.  That pretty much tells you what you will find in the book.

 The author interviews 31 different well-known individuals about their college and post-graduation experiences.  In a few cases the subjects only attended college for a short time, or not at all.  All went on eventually to have successful careers, though in many cases not without some bumps in the road.

Help! I’m being inundated with job board emails!

Larry Wilson, MSW, LSW | Social Worker, Career Counselor

Many folks I talk with are frustrated and overwhelmed with the emails they receive from Indeed, CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter and other job boards.  Usually this is the result of registering on the site, then being offered notifications of jobs similar to ones you have viewed. 

If you accept this offer, then find that many of the jobs in your inbox don’t fit your profile, it can be very discouraging.  Plus it takes longer to plow through them to find the needle in the haystack – that ideal job.

What to do then?  I recommend two things….

Using Craigslist in Your Job Search

Larry Wilson, MSW, LSW | Social Worker, Career Counselor

Job listings may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Craigslist.  Housing, items for sale, or personals might come to mind instead.  But Craigslist can be a rich source of jobs in a variety of fields.  This post discusses what to look for and how to find it on Craigslist.


Searching for Job Openings Using Google

Larry Wilson, MSW, LSW | Social Worker, Career Counselor

Most job seekers who use the Internet to look for positions use one or more sites that cover a wide array of job openings.  These may include Indeed, LinkedIn, SimplyHired, ZipRecruiter, Monster, CareerBuilder, GlassDoor, and others.

These sites encourage users to post their resumes, and to sign up for email alerts. Signing up for email alerts has for many of my clients resulted in an almost unmanageable volume of marginally useful alerts.

Fortunately, there’s another approach available…

How Not to Get a Job

What do a fragrance designer, New York City cop, bed-and-breakfast manager and youth hockey coach have in common?

Each of them recently applied for an account director position at my public relations firm, along with 500 others whose experience and skill sets ranged from vaguely on-point to off-the-charts irrelevant. Auto collections manager? Home health aide? Visual merchandiser? Count them all in.

Have you checked in with your network lately?

Larry Wilson, LSW | Social Worker, Career Counselor

If you are like many busy people, contacting folks in your network is a task that can easily drop off the list unless your job responsibilities require it.

Regardless, there are three good reasons to check in with your network contacts every few months or so:

Make Google Work Better for You!

Larry Wilson, LSW | Social Worker, Career Counselor

Recently, I struck up a conversation with a man who was in the middle of a job search. Specifically, that day, he was trying to locate the email address of the hiring manager so that he could forward some materials outside of the standard job application workflow. So far, he had not been successful. However, by pooling our knowledge, we were able to locate a professional registration page for the hiring manager. That page contained all the information he needed.