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This page is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to grab that next job opportunity. Update your resume, practice your interview skills and apply for the job that you deserve.

Cook County has an abundance of opportunity for workforce training and career openings. Explore the opportunities below to build a better future.

 

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When I earn more money, what happens to my rent in the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

Check out the video below to learn more about the process and opportunities for growth.

Up to $8,000 in Financial Aid for Qualified Career Training

Employment & Employer Services

E&ES connects individuals, families, and businesses in Chicagoland to the resources they need. E&ES offers a range of services, from talent recruiting and career development to family support and counseling.

National Able Network

National Able Network’s mission is to help make careers happen. Clients receive personalized career supports that integrate career coaching, specialized training, and direct connections to the job market. Their programs are designed to assist job seekers from all backgrounds, including the unemployed, career changers, military veterans, seniors, and aspiring IT professionals.

Information Technology (IT) Career Lab

National Able’s IT Career Lab is an accelerated 16-week training format designed to help students transition from the classroom into careers. IT Career Lab blends classroom instruction, online coursework and live practicum in a state-of-the-art lab as part of its pioneering instructional approach while offering small class sizes, a direct link to the job market and a personal laptop computer for students to keep.

Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC)

Since 1967, CAIC has served the changing needs of business and industry within the Greater Calumet Region. CAIC has a variety of workforce development programs to address industry’s need for manufacturing talent & training.

Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP), facilitated by Business and Career Services (BCS), is a nationally recognized award winning Program that began six years ago to address the employment needs of 18-24 year olds and introduce them to careers in manufacturing. This Program is designed to get young adults on a positive path to self-sufficiency and a viable career in manufacturing.

The  MCIP Program consists of a 4-week Boot camp where interns receive training that prepares them for a 6-week paid internship at a manufacturing facility. In the Boot Camp interns receive OSHA 10 and Forklift Certifications, Introduction to Blueprint Reading, Basic Shop Math, resume and interview preparation, conflict resolution, and financial literacy.

US Army

The Army offers training in more than 150 different career paths. As an active duty Soldier, you will have access to all of them. Choose from jobs in art, science, intelligence, combat, aviation, engineering, law and more. There is no limit to what you can achieve.

Chicago's Community Kitchens Program

Chicago’s Community Kitchens is a 14-week food service job-training program for people who are unemployed or underemployed. Check out the video below to learn more.

Steelworker for the Future

ArcelorMittal has partnered with local community colleges to offer Steelworker for the Future ®, an associate degree program that combines classroom learning with hands-on training, all while earning wages. Steelworker for the Future ® prepares individuals for high-tech, well-paying jobs in steel or manufacturing. at ArcelorMittal, the average income of a steelworker is around $90,000 plus benefits.

OAI, Inc.

For more than 40 years, OAI has been helping men and women struggling to join the American Workforce.

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP) offers a range of employment services and trainings for all residents of Cook County, including you.  CCWP works with the workforce centers and industry centers to help you find a job.

For more information, click here or call (312) 603-0200.

CEDA Employment Training

CEDA provides job readiness training and permanent job placement for suburban Cook County eligible participants.

Opportunity Works

Apply for paid internships in Technology, Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics for young adults ages 16-24 in southern Cook County.

Youth Connections

Youth Connections is a job placement and training services program for eligible out of school youth that links participants to employment opportunities and job readiness training.

Summer Youth Employment at the Forest Preserve

Gain hands-on experience by working in the Forest Preserves. Learn about environmental careers and earn between $11.50 and $17.00/hour in leadership roles in this 5-week summer program. Check here in April for the Summer 2019 application.

UPS

UPS always has competitive job openings available. Check out the link below to see what’s on the docket right now.

Safer Foundation

Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit social impact organizations focusing on human capital development for people with criminal records. Safer helps clients secure and maintain employment with the understanding that employment offers the best chance at successful reentry.

Job Prep resources

Resume Tips

Two Types of Resumes:

  1. Chronological (usually for people who have some work experience)
    • List jobs in reverse chronological order
    • Most popular.
    • Emphasizes work history and education.

 

  1. Functional (usually for people who are changing career fields, are non-traditional in age and have many work-related skills, have no related work experience, have been out of work for a long time, or have had many different positions)

 

  • Emphasizes skills and accomplishments.
  • Skills/accomplishments are listed based upon past experiences.
  • Skills/accomplishments may be divided into various categories. It is generally not mentioned how or where skills were acquired.
  • In listing work history, only job title, employer, location and dates are given, not what was done at each job (which is given above in the skills section). .

 

Four Resume Tips:

  1. Fonts matter (try Garamond and Georgia)
  2. Standardize the format (Dates and cities should be in the same place after every section and punctuation and fonts should be consistent)
  3. Keep it to One Page
  4. Only list one telephone number.

Resume and Cover Letter Templates

See examples of resumes and cover letters to help you in your job search journey.

Interview Tips

Practice TABE Tests

The TABE Test is used to place students in the appropriate level of college classes and career training groups.  You may take it more than once.  Use this link to prepare.  Be sure to scroll past the sponsored searches to TABE Reading and TABE Mathematics Computation.