While the economy isn’t quite at its peak, things are starting to move in the right direction in regards to career opportunities in Chicago. Headlines about layoffs and problems with the Chicago Public School District aren’t the only topics that make the news. Mayor Emanuel has made some news of his own through a proposal for a city-wide minimum wage increase.

According to a May 2014 press release, “Mayor Emanuel today announced a Minimum Wage Working Group of community, labor and business leaders to develop a balanced plan to increase the minimum wage in Chicago. …This diverse group of labor, business and civic leaders will run an inclusive process to determine the right increase to the minimum wage that ensures every working Chicagoan earns a living that gives them a shot at the middle class. …Chicagoans deserve a raise. The group of business, labor, advocacy and elected leaders will develop a plan that ensures Chicago can move forward with a balanced proposal that gives a boost to all workers, small business owners and the City.”

While it’s a good thing for the Chicago economy to have a boost in the minimum wage, those unemployed are most interested in what types of jobs are available to them. Because working for the City of Chicago offers a number of different job positions and career fields, a worthwhile venture would be to seek out a job working for the City.

City employees would be affected by the increase in minimum wage requirements for entry-level positions, and filling out an application is as simple as ever due to the Chicago Automated Recruiting Evaluation Employment Reporting System (CAREERS). “CAREERS uses the latest technology to make applying for City of Chicago jobs easy and efficient. You can search for job opportunities and apply for one or multiple positions using a single online profile. CAREERS is available 24/7 and allows users to search for employment with the City of Chicago, review job announcements, complete a candidate profile, and apply for open positions – all without a single sheet of paper!”

Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a bachelor’s in communication and is currently working on her master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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