Submit Success Stories

​A success story shows how Local Workforce Innovation Area (LWIA) programs are making a difference in people’s lives. More than a list of events or activities, it describes a positive change and shows how that change benefits you and the people of Illinois. A good success story uses evidence to show the value of programs.

You can write a success story about a program, workshop or training opportunity that is particularly noteworthy and significant. It may be about how an employer worked with an employment program or about how a person gained personal employment.

Whatever you choose to write about, your story should show how participating with the LWIA program is making Illinois a better place to live – for individuals, families, organizations, businesses, local governments and communities.


ATIM participants
  1. Review the Guide for Writing Your Success Story (PDF).

  2. Log into your Illinois workNet account and submit your story.


ATIM - Employers
  1. Review the Guide for Writing Your Success Story (PDF).

  2. Log into your Illinois workNet account and submit your story.

 Service Providers

ATIM Service Providers
  1. Review the Guide for Writing Your Customer's Success Story  (PDF).

  2. Log into your Illinois workNet workforce partner account and submit your customer's story. (Note:  The customer username is required when submitting on behalf of the customer.)

 Success Story Writing Tips

​The most effective stories are written by the participants and employers because they convey, in the person's own voice, exactly how the program helped them and the value of the program. An accompanying photo adds interest and visual appeal while demonstrating the diversity of those served by the program.

Consider these factors when you write a success story:

  • Pretend the reader knows nothing whatsoever about the program. Don’t assume anything!

  • Remember: you are telling a short story about what you have achieved or want to achieve as a result of a program.

To write an effective success story you should include your:

Situation and/or background.

  • Employment and/or training program offered by your Illinois workNet Center or service provider?

  • What is your background?

  • What were you trying to achieve?

  • Why is this program important to the people of Illinois?

Program activities that led to your success.

  • What action(s) did you take?

  • What positive change occurred?


  • How do you measure your success?

  • Details of new job / career / plans for future (i.e., got a job, enrolled in training, enlisted in the military, other)

Finishing Touches.

  • Avoid repetition and excessive personal details.

  • Proofread the story and read it aloud.

  • Include a photo (See infographic for photo tips).

  • Keep headlines short (10 words or less).




Guide for Writing Your Success Story (PDF)

Guide for Writing Your Customer's Success Story  (PDF)

Infographic for profile pictures


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