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Job Search Websites - General

NPO.net
Jobs in Chicago non Profits

Chicagoland Jobs
Job listings and networking opportunities in Chicago.

indeed.com
Search for jobs anywhere!

Glassdoor
An inside look at jobs & companies!

Work 4 Illinois
The State of Illinois provides job opportunities in a wide range of occupations and titles. This website will guide you through the state employment process for the departments under the jurisdiction of the Governor.

Illinois Clicks
Links to job listings in local Illinois papers across the state.

Opportunity Knocks
For professionals, www.OpportunityKnocks.org is the premier destination for finding nonprofit jobs and for accessing valuable resources for developing successful careers in the nonprofit community.

Job Search Websites - Industry Specific

Illinois Education Job Bank
Job listings within Illinois schools

Career Blogs

CAREERREALISM
CAREEREALISM was founded in 2009 on the belief, “every job is temporary,” with the purpose of helping people solve their career and job search problems. Read more at http://www.careerealism.com/about/#SqOa4tTHbTbudvJD.99

Avid Careerist
Written by Donna Svei. Honored/Featured by the Huffington Post, CBS News, LifeHacker, SmartBrief on Careers & more.

Brazen Life
A great site that hosts an immense amount of career advice for every situation. The articles on Brazen Life are helpful for job seekers or professionals who are trying to advance their career.

Career Attraction
Kevin Kermes formed Career Attraction on the core premise that every career transition is as specialized as the individual undertaking it. The site features experts who are focused on delivering actionable information that gets results.

College Info Geek
Ever since I started college, I’ve been determined to make it a remarkable experience. I want to show you how to do the same. - Thomas Frank, Author

YouTern
YouTern enables young talent to become highly employable by connecting them to high-impact internships and mentors – and through contemporary career advice found on our blog, The Savvy Intern.

Occupational Research

Career Journal
The latest career-related information from the Wall Street Journal.

Wetfeet
Our mission is to equip job seekers like you with the advice, research, and inspiration you need to plan and achieve a successful career.

Job Shadow
At Job Shadow you can read real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have. If you’re career hunting, trying to find out ‘what career is right for me’, ‘what job is right for me’, don’t like your current job, want to career mentor and help others, or just plain curious you can read about and explore the different career options and shadow people’s jobs online.

The Riley Guide
Providing free employment and career information since 1994.

Quintcareers
Quintessential Careers is the ultimate career, job, and college site, offering comprehensive free expert career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tools, tips, samples, and tutorials), as well as serving as a directory of links to all the best job sites. Special sections for teens, college students, and all other job-seekers (by industry, geography, and job-seeker type) make this site a comprehensive resource for all.

Illinois Worknet
Developing Illinois' Workforce

California Career Zone
alifornia CareerZone is a proven, successful career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit from the wealth of information on 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database.

O * Net
Your tool for career exploration and job analysis!

Jobs Made Real
Jobs Made Real is a website developed and owned by Chop's Teen Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Santa Rosa, California. Jobs Made Real is part of the Chop's Teen Club Workforce Program, designed to aid teens in discovering their career path.

Job Search Assistance

Career Transitions Center
The CTC is a not-for-profit organization which provides professional, emotional, and spiritual support to those seeking a job, looking for meaningful work, or otherwise going through a career transition.

Jewish Vocational Services
We work to transform lives, providing career coaching guidance, job training and crucial support to more than 10,000 people annually. Our purpose is to help those who want to help themselves acquire or deepen the skills needed to find their next job. Through mutually rewarding partnerships with a network of area employers, we match job opportunities to the abilities and skills of our clients.

CareerPlace (Formerly Barrington Career Center)
CareerPlace™ changes lives by providing job search skills training, coaching, and compassionate support in a safe, positive, high-energy environment.

Gray Hair Management
The Gray Hair Management® corporate mission is to help professionals get jobs. All of our activities are focused on this mission, whether it is to help organizations and recruiters find qualified candidates, provide our members with networking events and job leads, or to help individuals secure their next position with our exclusive Pathways Through Transitionsm Coaching program.

Youth Job Center
Since 1983, the Youth Job Center has assisted more than 20,000 young job seekers with job placement, employment counseling and ongoing support. We provide: job training and placement services to approximately 1,400 youth annually. job placement of 45% of the youth served — well above the national average for youth employment employee placement and follow-up services to our employer partners We believe that when you invest in young lives, everyone in the community benefits. The future workforce largely depends on our own ability to prepare, motivate and educate our young people. Education and employment have been identified as integral steps to break the cycle of poverty. The YJC is making an impact in multiple ways.

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
IDES provides unemployment insurance (UI), employment services and guidance to workers, job seekers, and employers through a statewide network of IDES offices and Illinois workNet centers. The agency combines federally-funded job training programs in Illinois into a "workforce development" system where individuals can find a job or train for a new career.

Community Career Center (Naperville)
he Community Career Center located in Naperville, Illinois provides a supportive and professional setting where job seekers can conduct an effective and successful job search. Volunteers and staff offer a wide range of technical and practical job search assistance as well as encouragement and support to anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change.

Illinois WorkNet Center - Evanston Library
Job Seeker Services • Career Coaching • Computer Workshops • Computers for Job Search • Job Readiness Workshops • Job Postings • Individual Assistance Come to the new WorkNet office on the third floor of the library to receive all these services, and more. Illinois WorkNet is open Monday - Friday from 10 am--6 pm.

Networking Opportunities

Young Professionals of Chicago

Young Professionals of Chicago
One thing about YPC is clear: We are not a standard networking group. We are a community that offers professional, social, and civic opportunities to help cultivate Chicago's future leaders.

Business Network Chicago
Business Network Chicago (BNC) is a network for professionals offering extensive face-to-face and online networking opportunities to the Chicago business community. Our mission is to bring professionals together, facilitate the development of mutually beneficial "win-win" relationships, educate, and promote the growth of business in Chicago. We support members in all phases of their career whether looking for clients, talent, a job, capital, or strategic alliances.

Chicago Job Talk
The Definitive Chicago Area Job Guide - List of Job Clubs in the Metro Area

LinkedIn
Our mission is simple: connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

Employment Council
Meeting weekly, the Employment Council is part of the Career Transitions Center of Chicago, a network that includes Fourth Presbyterian Church and Old St. Pat’s Catholic Church. Job-seeking skills and networking are available for parishioners and neighborhood residents alike. To learn more about the Employment Council, contact Michael Cade. - See more at: http://www.saintc.org/outreach/employment-council/#sthash.gXoh1rnI.dpuf

Industry and Trends

Crain's Chicago Business
News and information about the latest in Chicago business.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Nation's premier source of career information!

The Vault
Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
he Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

Wall Street Journal (Careers Page)
Career advice and news powered by the Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal - Careers Section

Special Needs

Second Sense
Career Counseling and job readiness for adults who are visually impaired.

AbilityLinks
AbilityLinks is a nationwide, web-based community where job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities.

Job Accommodation Network
JAN provides free, confidential technical assistance about job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ABCs of Schedule A
Schedule A is an excepted service hiring authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote individuals with disabilities without competing for the job.

Hadley School for the Blind
The mission of The Hadley School for the Blind is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) works to meet the diverse needs of the more than 600,000 individuals with disabilities who live and work in Chicago. MOPD’s goal is to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation. MOPD serves five major groups: people with disabilities, City departments and agencies, other government agencies, disability-related agencies and organizations and the private sector.

National Able Network
National Able Network, Inc. is a leading non-profit organization specializing in providing workforce development programming for individuals, families, and communities. We provide services to businesses in all major sectors and help job seekers of all ages, skills and income levels achieve economic self-sufficiency through gainful employment.

Goodwill Industries
Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Howard Area Community Center
Since 1967, Howard Area Community Center (HACC) has been a primary social service resource for thousands of children, youth and adults in Rogers Park and surrounding communities looking to improve their lives. The mission of Howard Area Community Center is to assist low-income individuals and families in the greater Rogers Park and adjacent communities to stabilize their lives and to develop the social skills necessary to become effective community members.

Volunteering

Chicago Cares
Chicago Cares builds volunteer experiences that mobilize and inspire people to make Chicago a stronger community.

Chicago Volunteer
Part of the Community Resource Network, Chicago Volunteer provides a portal to search for volunteer opportunities throughout the greater metropolitan area.

Skills Development

GCF Learnfree
GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, GCFLearnFree.org is a worldwide leader in online education.

coursera
Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Our technology enables our partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds.

Illinois Manufacturing Foundation
Established in 2001, the Illinois Manufacturing Foundation (IMF) helps Chicago-area businesses meet their need for employees who have technical skills. Unemployed or underemployed Chicago-area residents access technically skilled jobs. Our staff use curricula and work-simulated facilities that emphasize individual self-worth, dignity, achievement, growth, problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and technical skills. The specifics of our curricula were developed in collaboration with Chicago-area employers. IMF is a nonprofit, unaccredited training organization. Our Building Maintenance Technician Training and Placement Program Automatic Screw Machine/CNC Machine Tool Operator Training and Placement Program are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA). For more details about us, please see the sections below.

Advocacy

Equip for Equality
The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.

Career Advancement Network
Our mission is to prepare people with barriers to employment and career advancement. We provide them with more competitive skills and broader access to high demand jobs, promotions, and a living wage. We deliver a more highly skilled workforce that adds bottom line value to the employer’s business. High-tech, high-touch solutions create a new talent pipeline for today’s changing workplace.

Chicago Federation of Labor
he Chicago Federation of Labor is the umbrella organization for Chicago and Cook County’s labor unions. From airline pilots to zookeepers, the Chicago Federation of Labor’s 320 affiliated local unions and their half a million members represents a diverse group of working men and women throughout the area.

Heartland Alliance
Heartland Alliance—the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest— believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for nearly one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety.

Professional Organizations

Illinois Counseling Assoctiation
Parent organization to the ICDA, the mission of the Illinois Counseling Association is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.

Career Vision
Whether you're a student, the parent of a student, or someone thinking about a new career—Career Vision can help you find direction, make the very best career decisions, and achieve success as well as satisfaction.

National Career Development Association (NCDA)
NCDA inspires and empowers the achievement of career and life goals by providing professional development, resources, standards, scientific research, and advocacy.

College or University Career Centers

Career Stimulus at Harper College
Career Stimulus is a monthly support group based at Harper College in Schaumburg designed for those who have been laid off or are in the midst of a career transition amid the ongoing economic recession.