Job search websites allow you to search openings both locally and nationally. Job fairs enable you to talk to a variety of employers at once. Staffing agencies may help you find temporary work. By utilizing these resources, you can spend less time searching for jobs and more time applying for them.
Search in the Library:
Materials on Finding a Job »
Materials on Finding (and Keeping) Your First Job »
Looking through job websites is one of many ways to find available jobs. In addition to classified ads, there are job websites covering the local market, the national market, government jobs and specific fields.
Some websites may require you to create a free account to apply for jobs through that site. These accounts typically offer additional features, such as the ability to save job searches. Many sites also offer email alerts when new jobs are posted.
Keep in Mind...
- Internet Basics for Job Searchers includes information on creating an email address.
Job openings in the 11-county Chicagoland area.
Chicago Reader Jobs »
Classified ads from Chicago’s largest free weekly newspaper.
Chicago Sun-Times Jobs »
Search job openings and learn about careers.
Chicago Tribune Jobs »
Job search, career advice and employment news.
Illinois JobLink »
Search for positions by job category. Includes both statewide and nationwide job banks.
A private site specializing in local job listings.
Illinois workNet Job Search »
The Job Search Tool narrows your search to some of the more sought-after fields in Illinois.
The largest job site in the country lists job openings and offers job hunt advice.
Focuses on telecommuting, part-time, freelance and flex-time jobs.
Search job openings from thousands of company websites and job boards.
Post your resume, search job openings and find job search guidance.
Specializes in entry-level and hourly positions.
Jobs by Field
High Growth Industries »
Information on which industries are on the rise across the state.
Sites with Job Listings »
(The Riley Guide)
Find job resources related to a variety of different career paths.
Job fairs bring together a number of employers. Not only do job fairs offer a chance to interview with a variety of businesses, but they also provide the opportunity to network with fellow job searchers.
10 Keys to Success at Job and Career Fairs »
Basic tips for working a job fair.
Events and Workshops »
(Illinois Department of Employment Security)
Find upcoming career fairs.
National Career Fairs Calendar »
This calendar lists job fairs run by Local Hires, a company that runs a national network of local job information.
Many companies use staffing agencies, sometimes known as temp agencies, to recruit employees for temporary jobs, temp-to-hire positions or even for permanent placement. Many staffing agencies serve specific market sectors, such as office/clerical work or information technology.
Temp: How to Survive and Thrive in the World of Temporary Employment
Search in the Library:
Materials on Temporary Employment »
Employment and Temporary Agencies »
Tips for working with employment agencies.
Temporary Employment »
Advice on how to find work using employment agencies.
Temporary Jobs »
(Columbia University Center for Career Education)
Information about the benefits and risks of temporary employment.