Jobs and Career Development

Support for job seekers is available at the Mount Prospect Public Library. Research Services staff can help you access library resources and find information to support your career development. 

Resources available from the library 

Resumes and career support 

Adult Career Center from – One-on-one assistance from a live job coach is available every day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST. Resume and cover letter review is also available with a 12-hour turnaround. 

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – Offers a robust resume and cover letter builder, skills assessments, and additional career development tools. 

Schedule a reference appointment – Research librarians can introduce you to career resources available from the library and provide guidance on resumes and cover letters. 

Local job postings are located at the Jobs/Career Board in the Business Information Center, behind the east end of the Research desk on the second floor of the library. 

Skills Building

Technology skills can give your resume a competitive edge.

Technology and Business programs – The library offers a wide range of technology and business-related classes including Computer Basics, Microsoft Office, iOS, Android, and other eclectic topics. 

LinkedIn Learning – Learn software and business skills through video tutorials. 

Gale Presents: Udemy – Offers 6,000 on-demand video tutorials covering technology (e.g., Office, Windows, and Mac OS, coding, etc.), business & management, job & career skills, and personal growth. 

Gale Courses – Offers programming with over 350 six week courses in personal and professional development. – Short, easy-to-follow technology courses for new computer users. 

Company Research

Background information on a company or industry can be helpful in researching prospective employers or interview preparation.

AtoZ Databases – Use the “Find a Business or Executive” search to find a company overview. The “Advanced Search” allows users to search for prospective employers by location, size, industry, and more. 

Business Source Complete – Contains market research reports, case studies, industry profiles, SWOT analyses and more.

Business Insights Global – Contains market research reports, case studies, industry profiles, and more. 

Industry Select – Research U.S. manufacturers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

More resources for job seekers

Local Organizations

Helpful Websites 

CareerOneStop – Career information from the U.S. Department of Labor 

Occupational Outlook Handbook – Resource from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, earnings and benefits. Also available in print at the library. 

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) – File an unemployment claim or certify for benefits. 

Illinois workNet– Resources and tools for job seekers, including virtual job fairs, and training.  

Purdue OWL – Information about applying for jobs and preparing job search letters for skilled labor. – Videos with detailed interview tips and resume and cover letter samples across industries and skill levels. 

Workforce50 – Career resources for boomers and seniors. 

Find Jobs Online 

CareerBuilder – Job ads from across the county. – Source for tech jobs. 

eFinancialCareers – Job and career information in the financial services industry.  

Illinois JobLink – Job board managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Requires users to create a profile. 

HigherEd Jobs – Faculty and administrative jobs in higher education. 

Hcareers – Hotel and hospitality jobs. 

Idealist – Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities from non-profit organizations. 

Indeed – Job search engine. Compiles jobs from multiple sites. 

LinkedIn Jobs – Job listings from popular online networking site. – Jobs in the nonprofit and social services sectors. 

USAJOBS – Employment with the federal government.