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.
Illinois Department of Employment Security
Helps with everything from writing resumes and interview practice to finding jobs.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Link to career and occupation information as well as industry information.
Take advantage of Glassdoor’s free career resources; navigate user generated content, specifically salary data, interview experiences and questions, and company reviews.
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.
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
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.
Tools which focus on salaries, cost of living, performance levels and job skills.
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.
A niche employment site catering to employers and job seekers in the Chicago metro area.
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.
Compiles job listings from a variety of sources including Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, CareerMole and Craig’s List.
The “monster” supersite for job hunting, able to search regionally.
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.)
Search for federal positions and careers in government.
Adult Career Center (Live Tutor)
MPPL offers help from real, live tutors via our website or from the Library’s in-house computers — free!
- 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.
Sample resumes and cover letters for various professions.
Create an account then use the comprehensive resume creation template to build and update your resume. You can save it online or print it out, and make it active and searchable in the Illinois JobLink database for any number of days you want.
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.
Northwest Compass, Inc.
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 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
For company info, check out the resources available in the following categories:
Occupational Outlook Handbook FAQ
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/Career Board in the Reference area.
About.com – Interviewing
Interview tips, techniques, and guidance on protocol.
Interview advice and sample follow-up letters.
Interview guides and Q-and-A.
Includes sample questions asked both by employer and job candidate.
Riley Guide – Interviewing
Overview of the job interview process and articles addressing problem situations.