Training, connecting and developing the workforce of Central Illinois.

Serving residents and employers through the Illinois workNet Center of Peoria and satellite offices in Fulton, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

Hiring Events & Info Meetings


2019 - 2020 Workshops

Workshops, Contact your local community college.

ICC - Adult Ed & GED

Career Exploration Workshops 

Resume & Interview Workshops

Job Seekers

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Services for Laid-off Workers

Laid-off workers may qualify for assistance from Career Link. 

  • Apply for Unemployment Insurance
  • Update your resume
  • Explore options to retrain or update skills

Apply for Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance (UI) is administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the majority of laid-off workers apply for UI online at their website.  IDES is co-located with Career Link in the Illinois workNet Center in Peoria.  An IDES representative is also on-site at the Career Link office in Normal.  We suggest you begin the process by applying online.  If you go to the Peoria office, the staff there will direct you to an available computer in their resource room to apply online.

Prepare a Resume

All Career Link offices provide Job Search Resources in our Resource Centers.  Resource Centers offer 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 to job interviews. 

Job seekers collecting Unemployment Insurance are required by IDES to register with Illinois JobLink.  Career Link staff can assist job seekers with this online job matching service.

More information under the Job Seekers heading.

Opportunities to Retrain

Losing a job can be an opportunity to retrain or update skills.  Career Link staff can help you explore your options.  We also administer Tuition Assistance grants provided through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).  Every year we assist hundreds of laid-off workers with funds to retrain. Laid-off workers receiving unemployment compensation with approval from Career Link can go back to school and collect their UI benefits. 

You may be eligible for Tuition Assistance if you can answer "Yes" to one of these questions:

  • Is your household Low-Income and/or receiving public assistance?
  • Are you unemployed through no fault of your own, eligible/receiving/exhausted your unemployment insurance benefits?
  • Have you been affected by a business closure or substantial layoff?

Apply today!