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Jobs and Career Development

For a successful job search:

  • Prepare yourself and your resume.
  • Assess your skills.
  • Research the types of jobs available.
  • Evaluate what skills and background are required.

General Information About Jobs, Careers and Salaries

Illinois Department of Employment Security
Helps with everything from writing resumes and interview practice to finding jobs.

CareerOneStop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Link to career and occupation information as well as industry information.

Glassdoor access
Take advantage of Glassdoor’s free career resources; navigate user generated content, specifically salary data, interview experiences and questions, and company reviews.

O NET
Career/Occupational/Salary information required for specific jobs. Contains comprehensive job descriptions, including tasks, required knowledge, skills, and abilities; work activities and content, wages and employment. Especially useful in applying the buzzwords that help bring attention to your resume.

from U.S. Department of Labor

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A complete reference focusing on projections of occupations, earnings, education required and job descriptions. Published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Also available in print: CT R 331.702 OCC

Riley Guide

Provides a comprehensive and manageable index of job hunting resources on the Internet, including resume and cover letter databases.  It is a well-organized first source for beginners.

Salary.com

Tools which focus on salaries, cost of living, performance levels and job skills.

Online Job Search

CareerBuilder

Jointly owned by newspaper companies; accepts paid postings from employers and lists want ads from more than 200 newspapers across the country.  Must register to post a resume but able to view job listings and narrow to city, state.

Chicagoland Jobs

A niche employment site catering to employers and job seekers in the Chicago metro area.

Illinois JobLink.com
Illinois job bank requires you to register and complete a skills assessment prior to viewing job listings. E-mails are sent to you whenever a new match is listed.

Indeed
Compiles job listings from a variety of sources including Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, CareerMole and Craig’s List.

Monster
The “monster” supersite for job hunting, able to search regionally.

AARP

Job search websites and job tips for the 50+ crowd.

Association Forum of Chicagoland

Listing of jobs available in the non-profit sector (trade associations, professional societies, and charitable organizations.)

Illinois Clicks
Click on “Jobs & Careers” for access to job sites, job search tips, career advice, support groups and counseling, and networking opportunities.

USAJOBS
Search for federal positions and careers in government.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Adult Career Center (Live Tutor)
MPPL offers help from real, live tutors via our website or from the Library’s in-house computers — free!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Before putting your resume on the Internet read the articles at the following websites about potential fraudulent uses of your resume.
  • Some of the following sites may have additional fee-based services. They’re suggested as sources for resume writing purposes.

Job Hunt.org: Protecting Your Privacy
Highlights posting your job to the Internet, online job search protocols, and privacy protection.

JobStar Central
Guidelines for writing resumes for the Internet with links to sample resumes, cover letters, and job search articles.

The Vault
Sample resumes and cover letters for various professions.

Skills Improvement and Test Practice

Adult Programs

MPPL offers computer classes for adults; classes include Computer Basics, Word 2003, Using Web-based e-mail, among many other topics. Register for all programs on the Internet, at the Registration Desk, or by telephone at 847/253-5675.  Current computer programs.

Career Resource Center

Serves job seekers from a wide range of disciplines, professions, experiences, age groups, and compensation levels.

CEDA Northwest Self-Help Center

Helps in job readiness and has a counselor available by appointment.

Oakton Community College Career Services

Oakton offers career counseling, job search coaching, workshops, and other job related services.

Harper College Career Center

Harper College offers counseling sessions, career assessment, career action planning, resume service, and interviewing skills.

Illinois WorkNet

Illinois WorkNet staff can assist you in finding resources for your job search, career preparation, computer workshops, and work support such as financial aid and child care. Please note the monthly job fair calendar. A free service for Illinois residents.

723 Algonquin road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, 847/437-9424

Company Research

Web Resources: Careers and Job Searching

For company info, check out the resources available in the following categories:

OCO’s Career Guide
Bureau of Labor’s information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, earnings and benefits.

Weddles Association Directory
Lists professional/occupational categories linked to associations and societies with job boards and resume banks.

We encourage you to browse the Jobs & Careers reference section [Call Number: CT R] near the Business Reference Room. Also, please see the Jobs/Career Board in the Reference area.

Interviewing

About.com – Interviewing
Interview tips, techniques, and guidance on protocol.

Career Perfect
Interview advice and sample follow-up letters.

Job Interview
Interview guides and Q-and-A.

Quintessential Careers
Includes sample questions asked both by employer and job candidate.

Riley Guide – Interviewing
Overview of the job interview process and articles addressing problem situations.