Jobs and Career Development

We encourage you to browse the Jobs/Career Board in the Business Information Center, located behind the east end of the Research desk.

For a successful job search:

  • Prepare yourself and your resume.
  • Assess your skills.
  • Research the types of jobs available.
  • Evaluate what skills and background are required.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Adult Career Center (
One-on-one assistance from a live job coach is available everyday 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 self-guided career development tools. 

General Information About Jobs, Careers and Salaries

Illinois Department of Employment Security
Helps with everything from writing resumes and interview practice to finding jobs.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Link to career and occupation information as well as industry information.

Career/Occupational/Salary information required for specific jobs. Contains comprehensive job descriptions, including tasks, required knowledge, skills, and abilities; work activities and content, wages and employment. Especially useful in applying the buzzwords that help bring attention to your resume.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
A complete reference focusing on projections of occupations, earnings, education required and job descriptions. Published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Tools which focus on salaries, cost of living, performance levels and job skills.

Online Job Search

Job search websites and job tips for the 50+ crowd.

Association Forum of Chicagoland
Listing of jobs available in the non-profit sector (trade associations, professional societies, and charitable organizations.)

Jointly owned by newspaper companies; accepts paid postings from employers and lists want ads from more than 200 newspapers across the country.  Must register to post a resume but able to view job listings and narrow to city, state.

Illinois job bank requires you to register and complete a skills assessment prior to viewing job listings. E-mails are sent to you whenever a new match is listed.

Compiles job listings from a variety of sources including Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, CareerMole and Craig’s List.

LinkedIn Jobs
Use LinkedIn Job Search to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company.

The “monster” supersite for job hunting, able to search regionally.
Listing of jobs available in the non-profit sector.

Search for federal positions and careers in government.

Search hundreds of job boards at once to find the best match just for you.


  • Before putting your resume on the Internet read the articles at the following websites about potential fraudulent uses of your resume.
  • Some of the following sites may have additional fee-based services. They’re suggested as sources for resume writing purposes.

Job Protecting Your Privacy
Highlights posting your job to the Internet, online job search protocols, and privacy protection.

Create an account then use the comprehensive resume creation template to build and update your resume. You can save it online or print it out, and make it active and searchable in the Illinois JobLink database for any number of days you want.

Skills Improvement and Test Practice

Tech programs at the library
The Mount Prospect Public Library offers a variety of technology classes including Computer Basics, Microsoft Office, iOS, Android, and other eclectic topics. Register for all programs online, at the Registration Desk, or by telephone at 847/253-5675.  Current computer programs.

Career Resource Center
Serves job seekers from a wide range of disciplines, professions, experiences, age groups, and compensation levels.

Oakton Community College Career Services
Oakton offers career counseling, job search coaching, workshops, and other job related services.

Harper College Career Center
Harper College offers counseling sessions, career assessment, career action planning, resume service, and interviewing skills.

Illinois WorkNet
Illinois WorkNet staff can assist you in finding resources for your job search, career preparation, computer workshops, and work support such as financial aid and child care. A free service for Illinois residents.

Company Research

For company info, check out the web resources available in the following categories:

Occupational Outlook Handbook FAQ
Bureau of Labor’s information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, earnings and benefits.


thebalance – Interviewing
Interview tips, techniques, and guidance on protocol.

Career Perfect
Interview advice and sample resumes and cover letters. Scroll to the bottom for free resources!

Includes sample questions asked both by employer and job candidate.