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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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Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Job Training Placement
In collaboration with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Job Training and Placement Program helps jobseekers and workers impacted by the pandemic get back to work and find new career opportunities.
Get Hired IL
Have you lost your job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Employers are out there looking for workers to help with the response. Head to the link below to find out what employment options are available throughout Illinois.
A 360° vision for community-connected employment:
Through localized mentorship, direct investment and specialized services, HIRE360 will strengthen the participation of underrepresented populations in the Chicago area — with a special focus on engaging youth to consider the trades as a viable and inspiring career path, mentoring and growing Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) firms and creating a supply chain of partners that are accountable to higher participation standards. Click the link below to learn more about the opportunities available to you.
ConstructionWorks Powered by the Illinois Tollway and administered by The Partnership is a free program designed to link job seekers with opportunities for rewarding careers in Illinois’ high-demand transportation-related construction industry.
How do I apply?
If you are over the age of 18, and you live in Chicago, Suburban Cook County, Waukegan, Aurora and Rockford, this might be for you.
This interest form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Once completed, you will be contacted directly by a member of the ConstructionWorks team.
Joliet Job Corps Center
Job Corps is a tuition-free training and education program that connects eligible young men and women with the skills and educational opportunities they need to establish real careers.
Jump Start your Career in Healthcare
This exciting scholarship opportunity allows you to gain the education required for a rewarding career in Community Health, Nursing, Health Information Administration, or Occupational Therapy
Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)
HCCTP is a 12-week program at South Suburban College aimed at helping you learn the skills necessary to start a high-paying career in the highway construction trades.
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.
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.
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.
CEDA Employment Training
CEDA provides job readiness training and permanent job placement for suburban Cook County eligible participants.
Apply for paid internships in Technology, Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics for young adults ages 16-24 in southern Cook County.
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.
UPS always has competitive job openings available. Check out the link below to see what’s on the docket right now.
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
Get Connected for a New Career!
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Two Types of Resumes:
- Chronological (usually for people who have some work experience)
- List jobs in reverse chronological order
- Most popular.
- Emphasizes work history and education.
- 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:
- Fonts matter (try Garamond and Georgia)
- Standardize the format (Dates and cities should be in the same place after every section and punctuation and fonts should be consistent)
- Keep it to One Page
- 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.
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.
The Gateways Scholarship Program will pay a portion of tuition for eligible professionals working in early care and education or school-age programs who want to earn college credit, Credentials, or degrees. The courses you take need to be in early childhood education (ECE) or child development (CD). You can be enrolled in an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree program or taking classes toward a certificate, endorsement, or Credential.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible to receive a Gateways Scholarship, you must:
- Care for children in an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) licensed program or Illinois State Board of Education funded Preschool for All program.
- Employed by your current program for at least one year. (90 days if employed at an ExceleRate Bronze, Silver or Gold Circle of Quality program.)
- Work an average of 15 hours per week.
- Meet wage requirements.
- Be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident.
- Commit to future work in early care and education or school-age care.