Career & College Information

  1. Job Resources
  2. Career Resources
  3. College Resources

Overview Sites

The Job Search Guide (A Publication from College of DuPage Career Services)
A 64-page guide to the job search, including job market research, resumes, cover letters, and interviewing advice.
Internship Research Guide
This is an internship research guide from the COD Library.
The Riley Guide
One of the most extensive lists of links available under “Sites with Job Listings”. Includes many helpful links on resume writing, targeting employers, networking, interviewing and more.
Explore the FAQs to find helpful career and job search essays as well as links to job-hunting sites for many types of job-seekers.

Job Listing Sites: National

Search the classified job listings of over 150 local newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, L. A. Times, and Miami Herald plus more than 1400 partners. Provides a menu choice of career field and location, giving information of Web and newspaper postings for jobs that match. The program will search for job listing matches and send them to your e-mail address, if you register. Registration is free.
Free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. National Labor Exchange
An alliance between two nonprofit associations, DirectEmployers Association and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides up-to-date job postings nationwide.
Huge job listing, resume posting, and employer information resource.

Job Listing Sites: Chicago Area
Site sponsored by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital listing job openings for people with disabilities.
Job listings from numerous local newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Sun, Suburban Life, and Pioneer Press.
College Central Network: College of DuPage Career Services
Register for this job search and resume service for College of DuPage students and alumni.
Definitive Chicago Area Job Guide
Many links to local Chicago job listing, career counseling, networking sites and more
IDES: Illinois JobLink
lllinois WorkNet
Find information on Key Sectors where jobs are available as well as register as an Individual for an account to find a job, locate support services, and connect to a career advisor
Job Club, Networking & Support Groups in the Chicagoland Area
County by county list of area job clubs with address, phone, other contact information and meeting times. Jobs in Chicago Area Nonprofits
Popular guide to jobs in Chicago-area nonprofit organizations
workNet DuPage Career Center
Learn about the services of the workNet DuPage Career Center (2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302, Lisle, Il) for assistance with job seeking, networking, training and more.

Personal Agent Sites

Under "Find Jobs," set up an email alert when jobs in your field are posted.
NationJob Network
Sign up for a P.J. Scout.

Resumés, Cover Letters, and Interviewing

About Cover Letters
Concise advice on writing the cover letter, with additional links to resources on the web.
Cover Letter Resources for Job-Seekers
Links to checklists, formatting advice, and sample letters on the Quintessential Careers Website. Includes advice on and samples of Thank-you letters.
Forward Your Resume
Not a resume distribution service, but a review site that ranks top resume distributors on the web on the basis of user experience, customer service, cost and other factors.
Guide to Job Interviewing Resources
Links to checklists, formatting advice, and sample letters on the Quintessential Careers Website. Includes advice on and samples of Thank-you letters.
Preparing a Curriculum Vitae
How to write a CV for academic and research positions.
Professional Employment Portfolios
How to showcase your skills and achievements in an employment portfolio.
E-resumes and Resume Writing Services
Links to "how-to-do-it" essays and articles and tutorials on producing e-resumes in various electronic formats.
Riley Guide
Under the "Making Contact" heading, good advice and links to "Resumes & Cover Letters" and to interviewing web resources under "Network, Interview & Negotiate."

Company Information

Business Databases
Research your company target in databases focusing on business. All of these titles are available from home.
Hoover's Online
Great site for background information on companies prior to an interview. Provides links to companies that have recruiting sites on the web. Fee charged for full company profile, but much free data, including links to newspaper and trade magazine articles on a company. Also includes links to job listings from company entries.
U.S. company information searchable by name, yellow page directory heading, geographically by radius of ZIP code, metro area, or county, and by number of employees or sales volume. For job-seekers, useful for creating a contact list of area companies to investigate for possible job openings. Allows 150 prints or downloads per search.

Salary Surveys

Occupational Employment Statistics (OES): Wage Information
Find wage data for over 700 occupations in a specific Illinois county or metropolitan statistical area organized by Standard Occupational Code
Salary Expert
Basic salary reports for hundred of job titles in U.S. metro areas that include renter’s Cost of Living estimates for each locality. For job transfers, basic cost of living report available. Premium Salary Report can be ordered for a fee.
Salary Wizard Basic Report estimates salary for hundreds of job categories under 60 job families in major U.S. Metro areas, while Cost of Living Wizard to help job changers learn living cost differences between specified U.S. locations. Personal Salary Report available for a fee.


Career Cruising
Career Cruising is a comprehensive bilingual (English and Spanish) interactive multimedia source which features profiles and information on hundreds of occupations, 2 and 4 year colleges and universities, and financial aid, including scholarship opportunities.
View guided tour of Career Cruising
My Next Move
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. It has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.
View My Next Move tip sheet

Take a work values assessments (plus others for interests, personality and skills) and find information about hundreds of occupations.

View the Sigi3 Users Guide

Illinois Career Information System (CIS)

This site is for anyone searching for in-depth career resources. CIS offers information on occupations, programs of study and training, as well as Illinois and national schools. It includes information about owning your own business, writing a resume, tips for a successful job search and much more.

Off campus? Login as a guest by choosing your town name from a dropdown list and adding zip code. (You must be an Illinois resident to use segments of CIS)

Occupational Outlook Handbook On the Web
Full-text of the most essential career information source in the United States.
Information on over 950 occupations, including work tasks, skills, abilities, values, and more for each job.
Careers Internet Database
Access over 460 career monographs online. Each report includes career highlights, educational requirements, interviews, links to schools, industry associations, and earnings. To access off campus use: Login= 337w Password=future
Vocational Biographies Online
A collection of "day in the life" stories of people in a variety of professions.
Career Ready 101 /Keytrain
Improve your workplace skill preparation and get ready to take the National Career Readiness Certificate tests by working through modules related to reading, writing, listening, applied mathematics, applied technology and more. Pretests help you discover the modules you need. Career choice, job search, and on-the-job skills and etiquette modules are also available.

Access limited to residents of or those employed within Community College District 502. User ID and Password required. To get your personal User ID and password, call the Library's Reference Desk at (630) 942-3364..

Software requirements are Flash Player and Authorware, free downloads on site after logging in.

Interactive Career Interest Inventories

Illinois Mentor Self-Assessment Links
What's Next Illinois Career Planning Resources (may need to create login and password)
"Tell us what you like to do" A 60-question interest inventory resulting in career suggestions.

Career Information

America's Career InfoNet
A "must see" site. Links to a wide array of internet sites, from outlook guides, to general career sites, to salary and wage surveys.
California Occupational Guides
Useful overviews, although earning information and outlook are particular to California.
Career Quick Click
Lists 700 occupations organized under 16 career clusters. Shows education required and median Illinois salary. Provides links to skills needed and regional Illinois information for salary and annual job openings.
Sponsored by the Department of Labor, a comprehensive resource for career exploration, salary/benefits plus cost of living variations, education/training, the job search, and where to find more help.
JobStar Central
Links to Internet career sites. Also a great address for links to salary surveys.
My Skills, My Future
Find careers that use the skills you have already acquired in other jobs.
Ratings of "best" companies to work for and rankings within industries. Some information provided for free but registration required to see more and purchase of a Gold membership provides maximum access.

College Search & Applications

From the College Board, a website to help find colleges of interest, understand and locate sources of aid to pay for college, and make a step-by-step plan.
Directory of higher education institutions worldwide searchable by country and continent.
Career Information System School Sort
At home, sign in as Illinois resident with city name and zip code. Under Education and Training, choose School Sort: then Undergraduate. Usually two or three additional limiters will give a useful number of schools: location desired (choose states), Academics: Individual major. Also can choose from size, tuition, sports, and student life offerings such as honors, services for students with learning disabilities and more. A list of matching schools is shown with an extensive linked guide to each school.
College of DuPage Transfer Tips and Guides
College Websites and Transfer Information Transfer Tips Learn tips on how to transfer from the College of DuPage to other colleges and see Transfer Guides outlining agreements on the acceptance of C.O.D. credits at many Illinois (and some out-of-state) colleges and universities.
College Rankings
Presents data from the annual undergraduate and graduate college ranking issues of U.S. News, along with text of articles from the issues. Much of the for-fee "Premium Content" is available in the expanded special issues available in the College and Career Information collection: America's Best Colleges (CCIC LB 2331.63 .A46) and America's Best Graduate Schools (CCIC LB 2331.63 .U7).
College and University Rankings
Background information and cautions related to college and university rankings with links to many internet-based ranking lists. From the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Common App Online
Apply online or download the Common Application accepted by almost 500 colleges.
Illinois Articulation Initiative: iTransfer
The official site that explains the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) for both general education and specific baccalaureate majors. The IAI works best for students who know they are going to transfer but are undecided on the college or university that will grant their baccalaureate degree. IAI is a statewide GECC transfer agreement, which is valid among more then 100 participating college or universities in Illinois.
Find out how your C.O.D. courses will transfer to other colleges in the System. 18 states haves colleges and universities that are part of the system. Especially useful if course equivalencies have been established for an out-of-state school.
Learning Express Library
Take practice tests for college, graduate school and professional school entrance exams such as ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and more. To access this resource, use the link above, or visit the Library's Article Databases page. Click on Learning Express Library and choose the exam category you are interested in. If you are using this outside of the C.O.D. network, you will be asked to enter your surname and Library Card barcode number to gain access.
College search, standardized test, and financial aid information
Apply to over 950 colleges using on-line college application forms, explore schools that are right for you, and get financial aid advice.

Financial Aid Information

FAFSA on the Web
Free Application for Federal Student Aid form with information on the program and how to fill it out the application.
ISAC College Zone
One-stop financial aid center administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) listing scholarship, grant, and loan programs available through the Commission.
Free scholarship search service. Requires an e-mail address.
FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page
A well-known gateway to links with information on various forms of financial aid, scams, and application hints.
Student Guide to Federal Financial Aid
Guide to grants, loans and work-study programs available through the U.S. Office of Education.

Choosing a Major

What jobs are English or Communications majors hired for? What types of careers could a degree in Biology lead to? Students who are thinking about their academic specialty often ask for help from their advisers here at COD. Here are some helpful resources Internet resources linking majors and careers:

What Can I Do With This Major?
Guide from the University of Tennessee's Career Services to career paths for 60 majors. Includes occupation types, typical employers, and strategies from specialized coursework to on-the-job experiences to help make the student a "stand-out" candidate. Good links to websites with more information.
What Can I do With a Major in.?
74 majors are covered with information on occupations, skills needed, and links to useful sites. From the Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path
Step-by-step advice on self-evaluation, researching majors and careers, and making choices. From Quintessential Careers, a commercial career and job search site. Information is useful and most site links are free.
Don't forget to send students to the College and Career Information collection in the Library. We have a large collection of majors guides, including 24 titles in the Great Jobs for -- Majors, including Art, Foreign Language, Math, Physical Education and more.