Job Search Assistance
Job Search Resources may be utilized by the general public at Career Link's Resource Centers. WIOA-eligible job seekers may choose to receive individualized Career Services.
Career Link offers:
JOB SEARCH RESOURCES
Job Search Resources are provided to the general public through Resource Centers.
Resource Room Assistance
Job Search Resources are open to the public at all eight of our offices. Career Link Resource Centers offer free access to computers for creating a resume and for searching the internet for job leads. Staff are available to advise you on how to produce a resume and cover letters. You can also print copies of your resume to take job interviews. If you need help our staff can also help save your resume in your email so you can easily apply on-line for jobs. We also have a fax machine for sending resumes and other forms to employers.
Job seekers who have applied for Unemployment Insurance are required to register with Illinois JobLink. Our staff can assist you with the online system. Please note, IDES staff are also on-site at both our Peoria and Normal locations.
Resource Centers have information on all aspects of job seeking plus we also post notices of local hiring events and supportive services available in our area.
Career Link Resource Centers are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. With the exception of the Peoria and Normal locations, the other locations do close over the noon hour.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
The following websites are good places to find local job leads.
Illinois Job Link
Illinois businesses are hiring and they are looking for workers on Illinois JobLink. The state's hiring board features more than 100,000 help-wanted ads. Job seekers can build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and experiences. Best accessed with Google Chrome or Firefox.
The site aggregates job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, staffing firms, associations, and company career pages.
Search for jobs or careers using 13 different criteria, or post resumes and let employers with job openings find you.
Local colleges often provide FREE workshops on topics such as Resume Writing and Interviewing and frequently host job fairs where job seekers can talk directly with employers. Community college staff can also help job seekers explore options for training. Check with your local community college about all available career services.
- Illinois Central College – East Peoria Campus, 309-694-5153
- Heartland Community College – Normal, 309-268-8034
- Spoon River College – Canton, 309-649-6324 and Havana, 309-543-4413
If you have previously attended other colleges or universities, you may be entitled to career services.
Do you need help finding employment? Eligible individuals may apply and receive individualized job search assistance from a professional Career Planner. Career Services include:
- Career Planning and Assessments
Career Planning is available for those who are unsure about what type of job to pursue, or are considering a career change. This assistance is provided in one-to-one appointments with a Career Planner.
- Resume Design Assistance
- Cover Letter Development
- Interview Preparation
- Mock Interviews
- Job Search Assistance
Who might be eligible for Career Services?
If you can answer YES to one of these three questions… Please contact us!
- Low income and/or receiving public assistance (SNAP, TANF, SSI)?
- Are you unemployed through no fault of your own, eligible/receiving/exhausted your unemployment benefits?
- Have you been affected by a business closure or substantial layoff.
Applicants under age 25 please see additional ways someone can be determined eligible.
To apply for Career Services by visiting a Career Link office and completing a Career Services Application or by printing the Career link Pre-Application and submitting it to the office in the county where you currently live.