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Career Planning and Job Search Tools

Career Ready 101 offered by COD

Career Ready 101 which is a FREE on-line program is being offered through the College of DuPage College and Career Information Center.

This high quality on-line program from ACT provides:

  1. Pre and post testing for foundation skills in Math, Reading, Locating Information, Writing, Teamwork, Business Writing, Listening, Observation, and Applied Technology.
  2. Financial Literacy information
  3. Soft (Employability) Skills tutorials
  4. Career Exploration and Occupational Information
  5. Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills

To access this information for your clients, their case workers or job coaches can contact the College of DuPage at 630.942.2386 to request User Names and Passwords for their clients.

View flyer, as well as Log-In Instructions from the college. This is a wonderful opportunity, and we hope that you will all take advantage of it for your clients.

An Adult Studentís Guide to Public Benefits in Illinois

Valuable information for any of your clients who are in job training or attending college.
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Career Tools for People with Disabilities

JIST Publishing offers products that help people with special needs work through their challenges and find career success. View more.

College of DuPage Continuing Education Certificate Programs

We want to make you aware of the Certificate programs that are currently available at the College of DuPage through Continuing Education for your clients that do not require the rigorous Compass testing that makes it difficult for entrance for their academic programs.

These are programs in high growth occupations and include the following:

  • Bartending
  • Truck Driving
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Personal Training
  • Dental Assisting
  • A Bridge program to Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) (requires 5 years experience as non-certified medical assistant)
  • Pharmacy Techician
  • Vetinary Assistant

Additional courses are offered on-line thorugh Galin Education for numerous certifications including: Bookeeping, Event Management, Records Management, Freight Broker/Agent Training, Webmaster, Medical Billing and Coding and Physical Therapy Aide, etc.

Access for training funds are sometimes available through workNet Dupage if clients meet certain requirements.

Cultural Barriers to Interviewing

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Employment Strategies for Special Populations

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Employment Tips for Job Seekers Who Are Ex-Offenders

Excellent Job Search Website for Your Clients

Look at It is an excellent resource for our clients and organized in a very concise and user friendly way, providing information on career planning and job search skills.

For Higher Skilled Immigrant Job Seekers

Upwardly Global is a great resource for Skilled Immigrants. There is a Chicago location and they work with immigrants who have a green card and have been in the U.S. less then 5 years. They offer training and support for new Americans and have maintained employer partnerships to assist the candidates in successful job placement. It says that they also offer online training programs for immigrant job seekers.

Learn more from their website:

Gateway Information

A website has been developed to assist in job searches. Whether you are a new job seeker, career changer, or experienced professional, the comprehensive Job Seekers' Guide will provide access to the online tools and resources for your career.  View more.

Get Hired Not Fired!

How to stay employed in todayís workplace. This document is a self-contained personal skills curriculum to be used with your clients in either group or individual sessions to improve their retention and increase success on the job. Download document.

High Wage High Demand Jobs

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Source: DuPage Federation of Human Services

Information for Older Worker Job Seekers

From Jenna Holzberg, Director, Illinois Senior Services, National Able Network
    • 6 Easy Ways to Beat Negative Stereotypes as an Older Worker
    • 10 Things That Will Help You If You're An Older Job-Seeker
    • 10 Tricky Ways An Older Job Seeker Can Leverage LinkedIn To Get A Job
    • Job Search Resources and Websites for Older Workers
    • 7 Mistakes Job-Seekers Over 50 Make
    • 10 Tough Q & A's for Older Workers
    • Baby Boomer Interview Tips: Do You Know How To Interview With A Younger Generation?
    • So How Old Are You? Things You Can/Can't Do About Age Bias

Job Readiness Quiz

The following is a Job Readiness Quiz that was developed by one of the job coaches at the People's Resource Center. It can be used as a discussion tool with your clients to access how prepared they are to conduct their job search.

Long-term Unemployed Strategies

This presentation is from a workshop given to the Workforce Boards of Metro Chicago. View more.

My Skills My Future


Online Tool for Career Planning


Overcoming Job Search Depression

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Your First 90 Days

For your clients, tips on staying employed.  View Your First 90 Days brochure.

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