Job Search Resources
Finding the right job may not be the easiest task you will face in your life. However, by developing the right attitude, formulating a plan, and following through with your plan, you should have the most success with your job search.
Networking will probably be your most valuable tool in your job search. Approximately 75% of all job seekers find current employment through networking. The first step in networking is to brainstorm a list of people that you will talk to, telling them that you are job hunting and the type of position you are looking for.
Ask your network to keep you in mind should they hear of a job opportunity. In fact, it is advisable to give the individuals you use as references and any key networking individuals, a copy of your resume so they will have your qualifications at hand.
Consider all of these resource people in your network:
Friends | Relatives | Acquaintances | Former Employers | Former Co-Workers | Teachers | Counselors | Clergy | Neighbors | Classmates | Bankers | Insurance Agents | Sales People | Medical Professionals
Check with all the local colleges in the geographic area that you are interested in working. Even if you are not eligible to use the specific services the college offers, you can still browse through bulletin boards and job posting binders. Students should remember this valuable resource when they transfer out too!
IVCC offers information about job openings through the Career Services, as well as through individual academic departments. Employers contact the college when they need to recruit a pool of applicants with specific skills. Make sure you utilize these services – employers want to hire qualified people. Visit the www.ivcc.edu/careerservices and www.collegecentral.com/IVCC links.
Make calls and find out when and where local colleges or employment offices are sponsoring job fairs.
To know when Illinois Valley Community College's next job fair is happening, contact Career Services or check on their webpage. Job Seekers using our College Central Network will see this information on our calendar and as an event.
Federal Government and Civil Service Departments
Look for federal and local civil service positions which you will not usually find in the local newspaper. Governmental agencies have their own application procedures, and you can research these in the local library. As an example, visit Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to learn about employment within the state of Illinois. Or visit www.usajobs.gov for jobs with the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal Government jobs
State of Illinois Information Resources
The Illinois Workforce Information Center (WIC) is a dynamic and interactive information system that contains customized information for individuals that may be planning a new career. To find additional career exploration tools and occupational profiles as well as other services for individual job seekers, visit https://portal.ilcis.intocareers.org/ and the Illinois Career Information System through Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) https://ides.illinois.gov/jobs-workforce.html.
Many public and private groups make up the Workforce System in Illinois, including the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Community College Board, the Department of Human Services and local Workforce Development Boards established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
For a comprehensive online resource serving Illinois' job seekers, visit:
The chamber of commerce has a directory of local employers and information about the types of industry in which an employer is categorized. Once again, it is a good idea to look at lists of employers in order to brainstorm a list of contacts.
By exploring these websites of local chambers of commerce, you will learn more about employers within this college district.
Libraries, supermarkets, and churches may have bulletin boards where local employers tack up job openings.
Trade Journals and Unions
Trade journals may publicize job openings as well as union halls, which may have a listing service or bulletin board. If you are a member of a trade association or union, do not overlook these resources.
Once again, it is a good idea to look at lists of employers in order to brainstorm a list of contacts.