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 (
MPPL offers help from real, live tutors via our website or from the Library’s in-house computers — free!

Job and Career Accelerator Resume Builder (LearningExpress Library)
This helpful tool walks you step-by-step through the process of creating your resume.

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.
Also available in print: R 331.702 OCC

Riley Guide
International job hunting resources on the Internet.
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

MPPL offers computer classes for adults; classes include Computer Basics, Word 2003, Using Web-based e-mail, among many other topics. Register for all programs on the Internet, 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. Please note the monthly job fair calendar. A free service for Illinois residents.
723 Algonquin road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, 847/437-9424

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.