Employment Resources

Job Searching

America’s Job Bank

This site is operated by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with each state’s Public Employment Service. You can use the site to search for jobs either by occupation or keyword, create and post résumés, and follow links to individual states, employers, and private agencies.



Search for the dates and locations of career fairs coming to your region.



Search for jobs by city, country, or employer.


Employment 911

This site offers free e-mail service, calendars, organizers, and résumé posting. It also offers information about résumé writing, interviewing, salaries, and cover letters.



This site offers links to international job search Web sites, as well as a résumé writing center, job listings, company profiles, and links to online job fairs.


Local Jobs on Pantagraph

The local newspaper- The Pantagraph- provides the local residents with information about the available local jobs.



This extensive site features a link especially for “first timers,” which helps you navigate through the site’s multiple services. These include job listings, free résumé posting, free e-mail, a career center, employer research, and a career newsletter.


Normal Jobs

This site provides information about local jobs openings.



Illinois Department of Employment Security, a gateway to workforce and career information. The most reliable source for information about the state’s labor market.

Self-Assessment and Career Investigation Resources


This site was created by Dick Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? The site offers advice on topics such as networking, job searching on the Internet, and what to do when you strike out. It also offers links to résumé and interview sites, as well as sites that offer personal assessment tests.


Job Monkey

This site is for people who are interested in seasonal jobs that are off the beaten path, such as working in Alaskan fisheries, teaching abroad, and working in tourism. It has information about what these jobs are like, employer profiles, and tips for getting started.


Keirsey Temperament Sorter II

This site offers a free, online personality questionnaire to help you learn about yourself and the type of work for which you are best suited.


Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential

This site offers the MAPP test, which can help you determine what kind of job would make you happiest. The site also has labor market information, career planning information, and tips for writing résumés.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Handbook presents detailed information on a wide range of occupations. It describes what people do in their daily work, what work conditions are like, what training and education are required, what people earn, and job prospects for each occupation.


Résumé and Interviewing Resources


Create a resume using prepared templates.



This site can help you learn about different interviewing styles, practice interviewing, find books that will help you improve your interviewing skills, and recognize illegal interview questions.



This site was created for Californians, but it also provides general information on topics such as résumé writing, salaries, career development, and the hidden job market.


Federal Agencies

Employment & Training Administration

From the U.S. Department of Labor, this site has information about job seeking, applying for unemployment compensation, laid-off workers retraining programs, federal job openings, apprenticeship training, the Job Corps (training for youth ages 16 to 24), and America’s One-Stop Career Centers.


Office of Disability Employment Policy

This site from the U.S. Department of Labor offers job links listed by state, information on programs aimed at assisting the disabled, information on state liaisons, and a list of related sites.


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

This site offers information about federal laws prohibiting job discrimination, how to file a discrimination complaint, employment rights of the individual, and laws regarding sexual harassment.



This site provides information on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This legislation designates funding for employment and training, especially for low-income Americans. The site includes information on unemployment compensation, information for laid-off workers,information on the Job Corps (training for youth ages 16 to 24), and more.


Employment Law


This site has information on the legal issues surrounding job searching, discrimination, sexual harassment, health and safety, losing or keeping a job, and drug testing.