Get Started and Get Help
Sometimes people look at the job ads in newspapers. They look at the wages and think “I could do that!” However, employers hire people who have the right skills and experience. And they hire people who can show they are good workers. Use the Succeed in the Workplace tips to help you be a good employee.
Know your skills and interests.
There are many ways to use your skills and interests in your work. If you don’t know your skills and interests, look at Assess Yourself.
Target your job search.
Most people can do several types of jobs. Employers want to know why you would be a good worker for their job. Spend some time learning about the skills needed for the types of jobs you can do. Keep track using the Job Search Target worksheet (pdf).
If you don’t know what occupations you want to pursue, look at the Explore Careers section. Also, your library will have information about occupations.
Get Job Search Help
- Every state has services to help job seekers. You can access these services at your local One-Stop Career Center. They usually have job leads. They offer free job search classes and coaching. You may be able to get work training.
You can access the Illinois WorkNet Centers online and in person. Services can include:
Free job search classes
Individual employment coaching
Free or low-cost work training programs
Job leads and employer connections
Free use of computers, Internet, and phones
Unemployment benefits assistance
GED exam preparation
- If you are in college, go to your college career center.
- Your library may also have ways to help you look for a job.
More job search resources
- Find a public library near you.
- Job search can be stressful. Find resources in the Take Care of Yourself section.
- Map of illinoisWorkNet offices, including free career counseling
- Chicago area career counselors
- How employers hire
- Overqualified? Turn your experience into an asset.
- Personal branding
- Learn about informational interviewing
- Connect with professional groups
- Expand your contacts with networking
- Using social networking online
- Volunteer opportunities
Job Search and My CIS Portfolio Resumes
Log into the Career Information System's ReNEW as an Illinois resident. Select Job Search which has a step by step plan for finding a job. There are sample resumes shown.
Within ReNEW use My CIS Portfolio’s “My Education and Work History” section to create and store resumes. You can also upload work samples for your online portfolio.