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Career Resource Center at the Library

We offer a variety of helpful resources and services for your use in your job search.

  • You can use the copier by the circulation desk for $.10 per page.
  • With the Simple Scan, located in the Computer Lab you can scan books or papers to a USB drive, fax, email, Google Docs or print. Scanning to a USB drive, emailing, or Google Docs is free, faxes are $1.00 per page and printing is $.10 for black and white and $.50 for color.
  • We also offer free WiFi.
  • Visit our job listings in the Career Resource Center
  • Illinois worknet resources, such as Optimal Resume
  • Visit the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics for information on a wide variety of career and employment options.
  • Visit Linkedin Salary to compare local salary info, or LinkedIn Profinder to post your freelancing profile

Illinois Job Websites

Chicago Jobs: coverage of job postings stretches from the Wisconsin state line west to McHenry County, south to Kankakee County, and east to Porter County. There are some help pages; a few require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Chicagoland Jobs: In addition to providing permanent, contract, and part-time opportunities, resumes can be posted. Job search resources include message boards, and contact information for resume writers and career coaches.

College Central: Run by a consortium of community colleges in Northern Illinois, this website lists local jobs that often don't make the national job boards. You have to register using a valid email address to which your password will be sent. Searches are done by occupation, location, job type (full or part-time, etc.) and/or keywords. You may also choose to show employment agency listings.

Illinois JobLink: You're a step closer to finding a job that works for you. Do a quick search right now and start applying for jobs! Or, take the next step and create an Illinois JobLink Job Seeker account - it's quick and easy!

Illinois Job Network: In addition to the regular features available at job most websites, this site has a number of links to other websites that specialize in X catagories: Diversity, University, Technical, and State Workforce.

Illinois workNet:  Illinois workNet partners with many different types of organizations throughout the state. ​One key organization in most local areas is the library. Libraries provide tools, resources, and assistance to any that walk through their doors. Illinois workNet provides resources and training materials for all partners, as well as User Guides to help library staff work with patrons to quickly identify their situation and see what steps they should take. Visit our Computer Lab Career Center to see our workNet materials.

Illinois Workforce Center: Job searching is available, but this sites strengths are in it's additional services; Career Services (find out about an occupation or analyze what skills you have), Job Seeker Assistance, Education Services (to find a suitable training or educational program), and Labor Market Services (to retrieve information about labor market trends, statistics and other economic data).

Job Network: Job listings through Chicagotribune.com

State of Illinois Employment: Listing of jobs offered by the State of Illinois.

Suburban Chicago Help Wanted: The website also searches the city of Chicago. Searching can be done by category, city, company, or keyword. Resumes may be posted to the site.

National Job Listings

Glassdoor: A free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies. Their "employee generated content" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more is all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves.

LinkedIn Jobs: Leverage the world’s largest professional network to build relationships and connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Job Search to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.

Career Builder: Owned by newspaper chains, you get listings like other supersites, but also ads from over 200 newspapers (these will, unfortunately include real estate and car ads however). Ads tend to be geared more toward blue collar and low-tech jobs. There are more pop-up ads than on other sites.

Monster: Search by keyword, geographical area, and industry. Website includes a Job Search Agent which notifies you when a new posting matches the criteria you have selected. Offers many additional services, including resume building, networking, etc.

Dice: This website is specifically for technology and engineering professionals. Jobs may be searched by location, type of employment, particular skills, and keyword. there is also a resume posting section and an area for career advice.

Government Jobs: Both state and local government jobs can be found. Help with federal resume writing, general resume and cover letter writing, and salary information is included, as well as information on careers in the federal government and resources for each state. No registration is needed.

Retirement Jobs: For people over 50, this website offers both a free and a premium registration option. Free registration allows job searching, while a premium membership gets you one free critique of your resume, assistance in finding age-friendly employers, online workshops, etc. in addition to job searching.

Saludos: Bilingual (Spanish/English) professionals with a minimum of a B.A. degree are the target of this website.

USA Jobs--Working for America: This is the official job site of the U.S. Federal Government, set up by the Office of Personnel Management. After registering, you can create an account that can include up to 5 different resumes. Help navigating the website and the federal hiring process is also available.

Indeed: Browse by state and industry field. Check information about salary and job trends in many (but not all) fields. There are also forums about various fields of work and jobs available. Email alerts are sent if a new job is posted in your field of interest.

Job Networking

Chicago Urban League: The Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center was founded in 2007 to assist African Americans launch, grow and sustain businesses.  The Center provides entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to maximize revenue growth, profitability, job creation and innovation.

LinkedIn: Manage your professional identity.  Build and engage with your professional network.  Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.

SCORE--Service Corps of Retired Executives: By registering at the website, you can connect with a personal advisor who can help you based on specific questions you have concerning your existing business. There are links to help you find a local chapter or SCORE sponsored workshops in your area. you may also sign up for an e-newsletter.

US Small Business Administration: The SBA is an independent agency of the U.S. government and is the primary gateway to actual financial assistance to small businesses. The SBA has information and tutorials on starting and developing a business.

Links to resume templates and other helpful tips

Learn tricks of online job searching and tips for posting resumes that get noticed.

Career One Stop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this website is part of an interlinked network of job sites.

Google Docs:  Access a variety of resume and cover letter templates for a more effective job search.  You must sign into Google (Sign In is in the top right hand corner of the page).

JobHero: Fresh Ideas For Your Resume. We show you the very best resume samples so that you can find the perfect words for your resume.

Job-Hunters Bible: Based on the best-selling book What Color Is Your Parachute? the website is updated frequently.

The Riley Guide: Includes much of the same information as Quintessential Careers, but is somewhat easier to navigate.