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Career and Job Resources

Career Building Tools

General Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Information available on careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, earnings and benefits, and more.

Job Hunters Bible

The official site for the book What Color is Your Parachute?

Riley Guide

Provides a comprehensive and manageable index of job hunting resources on the Internet, including resume and cover letter databases.

Social Networking Sites

Take advantage of social networking tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Job Star Central

Sample resumes and cover letters, articles, and more.

Microsoft Office Templates

Resume and cover letter templates.

Salary Information

Free salary information for thousands of jobs and locations. Search for new jobs, find education opportunities, and get advice to help advance your career.


SalaryExpert provides reporting on salaries, total compensation and cost of living by city and state using its salary surveys. Career tools help people make informed decisions when planning careers and searching for jobs.

Skills Assessment
Career Exploration

Career exploration, educational training, resumes and interviews, job search, and other services.


The Occupational Information Network, contains comprehensive job descriptions; required knowledge, skills, and abilities; work activities and content; wages and employment; and more.

Learn How To Become

Details 45 of today's most popular career fields such as accounting, engineering, nursing, firefighting, teaching and more. Learn what skills & education is needed, job growth information, and salaries in the profession.

Government Jobs

Illinois State Jobs

The State of Illinois’s web-based electronic hiring system.

USA Jobs

Official job website for the U.S. Federal government.

National/Regional/Local Search Engines & Databases

A vast online network to help job seekers connect with employers.

College Central Network Services

A national employment database for recent college graduates.

Illinois Work Net Center

Provides access to workforce development resources from setting goals, preparing for interviews, and finding a job.

Compiles job listings from thousands of sites, including major job boards, newspapers, associations, and company career pages.

A global online employment website.

From participating newspapers, trade associations, media companies, job boards, and many Fortune 500 companies. Advanced job search option available.

Over 55, Nonprofit
& Volunteer Websites

AARP Recommended Job Websites for 50+

Available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, earnings and benefits, and more.

A nonprofit job board, searchable by regions.

Association Forum of Chicagoland

Lists jobs available in the nonprofit sector, such as trade associations, professional societies, and charitable organizations.

Volunteer Match

Match your skills to local volunteer opportunities.

Temporary/Summer Job Sites

Temporary, part time, hourly, contract, and project jobs.

National parks, resorts, cruises, camps, ski resorts, ranch jobs, and volunteering.

Seasonal positions with camps, amusement parks, resorts, national parks, hotels, and environmental organizations.

Hospitality industry.

College, Professional
& Industry Job Boards

Check your college alumni association/career center and professional/industry job boards. Browse websites for specific colleges, community colleges (Harper College and Oakton Community College), park districts, school districts, and specific companies.

Free Internet access

Computers with word processing software to assist with writing and printing resumes/cover letters

Classes and workshops on using the Internet as a powerful job search tool

Tutorials to explore the latest software packages

Books and materials on careers, employment, vocational education, and businesses

Books on resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies, and small business management

Directories for companies, consultants, non-profit organizations, associations, executive recruiters, advertising agencies, and more

College guides and financial aid resources

Test preparation books and audiovisual materials available for checkout