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New Talent Solutions Connector Tool to Help Cook County Companies Find Potential New Employees – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – They searched internet job boards and offered much higher wages to no avail. Many employers are still desperately trying to fill gaping gaps in their workforce.

We work for Chicago and are always looking for new ideas to connect work with the employees. Morning Insider Lauren Victory shares more about an upcoming tool called the Talent Solutions Connector.

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From recruiting during a Halloween event to enticing prospects with candy aka big cash bonuses, we’ve seen employers try almost anything to scare off workers.

“We advertised as many different locations as possible,” Patrice Brazil told CBS 2 in August. At that point, she tried her luck at a city-run virtual job fair called Hire Chicago 2021, where she had 100 jobs in her Company called Worldwide Flight Services wanted to fill.

“That helped a lot,” Brazil told us this week, referring to the initiative. Hire Chicago 2021 assisted her in filling 12 positions, with 9 more positions outstanding.

A spokesman for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, which led Hire Chicago 2021, says they will follow up with the more than 270 companies that have participated in the project over the next month to gauge its success. It attracted nearly 3,000 job seekers.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s hunt for employees continues and a so-called “Talent Solutions Connector” could help.

“I wouldn’t say it’s revolutionary. It just fulfills a need, ”said Dani Petrie, executive director of the Origami Works Foundation, which is privately funding the project.

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Talent Solutions Connector is a new online directory for Cook County companies that have been unable to find employees through job fairs or online postings. The tool provides the ability to find diverse or “alternative” candidates that an employer may not have considered previously.

“Maybe they have had a checkered work history or a history of substance abuse or some involvement in the judiciary,” Petrie said.

These prospective employees are checked and supported by providers who work with and appear on the “Talent Solutions Connector” search engine.

One of the services available is called “Apprentice Navigator”. A team from this organization is working with Anna Hebig of Advocate Aurora Health to develop a new hospital chef recruitment training program.

“It’s an ‘Earn While You Learn’ program,” said Helbig, the hospital’s human resource development manager.

In the past, culinary positions in the hospital were difficult to fill. “It is an innovative way to prepare these people to become chefs and cooks in our organization, which of course benefits our patients.”

The “Talent Solutions Connector” is now available as a beta version, the official start is planned for November 2nd.

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The Origami Works Foundation partnered with the Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development and the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance to develop the tool. The resources offered are available to Cook County employers at a subsidized rate and, in many cases, are free.

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