Assistance for Job Seekers
Career Link offers both:
Resource Room Assistance
Our Basic Services are open to the public at all eight of our offices. To access our services we will ask that you complete a Customer Service & Referral Form.
The Resource Room offers free access to computers for typing a resume and for searching the internet for job leads. Staff are available to advise you on how to produce a resume and cover letters. You can also print copies of your resume to take job interviews. If you need help our staff can also help save your resume in your email so you can easily apply on-line for jobs. We also have a fax machine for sending resumes and other forms to employers.
Job seekers who have applied for Unemployment Insurance are required to register with Illinois JobLink. Our staff can assist you with that web-based system. Please note, IDES staff are also on-site at both our Peoria and Normal locations.
The Resource Room has information on all aspects of job seeking plus we also post notices of local hiring events and supportive services available in our area.
Our Resource Rooms are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (With the exception of the Peoria and Normal locations, the other locations do close over the noon hour.)
The following websites are good places to find local job leads.
Illinois Job Link
Illinois businesses are hiring and they are looking for workers on Illinois JobLink. The state's hiring board features more than 100,000 help-wanted ads. Job seekers can build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and experiences. Best accessed with Google Chrome or Firefox.
The site aggregates job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, staffing firms, associations, and company career pages.
Search for jobs or careers using 13 different criteria, or post resumes and let employers with job openings find you.
Community Colleges - Local colleges often provide FREE workshops on topics such as Resume Writing and Interviewing and frequently host job fairs where job seekers can talk directly with employers. Community college staff can also help job seekers explore options for training. Check with your local community college about all available career services.
- Illinois Central College – East Peoria Campus, 309-694-5153
- Heartland Community College – Career Connections, 309-268-8034
- Spoon River College – Canton, 309-649-6324 and Havana, 309-543-4413
If you have previously attended other colleges or universities, you may be entitled to career services. Please contact them.
Some individuals who are searching for employment, may realize they need to enhance their skills to become more marketable. Career Link can help you explore your options for retraining (see Advanced Services).
Our Advanced Services, shown below, have eligibility requirements.
► Career Assessments
Career guidance is available for those who are unsure about what type of job to pursue, or are considering a career change. This assistance is provided in one-to-one appointments with a Career Planner.
► Occupational Training Grant / Scholarship
Through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Career Link can pay for you to attend local training programs to get new skills or obtain a professional certification.
► On-the-Job Training Assistance
Some job seekers would prefer to learn and to be paid while on the job. Let us explore if you would be a good candidate for On-the-job training.
Who might be eligible for Advanced Services?
If you can answer YES to one of these three questions… Please contact us!
- Low income and/or receiving public assistance (SNAP, TANF, SSI)?
- Are you unemployed through no fault of your own, eligible/receiving/exhausted your unemployment benefits?
- Have you been affected by a business closure or substantial layoff.
Note, applicants under age 25, please see additional ways someone can be determined eligible.
Your eligibility for these services can be determined by getting an Intake Appointment. Begin by coming into one of our offices and requesting an application for Advances Services or print this abbreviated application and submit it to the office in the county where you currently live.