Professional career counselors are available, by appointment, to provide guidance to assist students and alumni through the job search process. You will receive individual help with your resume and cover letter, interview preparation materials and job search strategy advice. Computers are available for you to use in your job search.
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Make an appointment
If you'd like to meet with a career counselor, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), stop by our office in the Campus Center or call us at (815) 280-2756.
Looking for a job?
If you're looking for a job, click on the link for some helpful resources. Below is a list of some recommended Job Boards.
Glassdoor is your free inside look at jobs and companies. Salary details, company reviews, and interview questions — all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers. By using this link, students can get full access to all the career content without signing up.
Conducting a Job Search
(75-80% of your time)
Because most jobs are found through networking, you should devote about 75% of your job search time to that activity. The object is to get the word out to as many people as possible that you are trying to match your skills to an employer's needs.
Identify people who work in your intended occupation or industry. Also identify people who might know people in that occupation or industry.
Talk to everyone you know – neighbors, friends, relatives, and acquaintances from class, church and organizations you belong to, even your hair stylist, dentist, doctor and their staff. Tell them what occupation you're interested in, and in a conversational manner provide them with a brief summary of your qualifications. Complete the conversation by asking if they can give you any leads on jobs or people to contact for information.
Have your resume available to anyone who may be able to help.
Classified Ads/Internet Listings
(15-20% of your time)
Be selective in your decision to apply. Only respond to an ad for which you have all the minimum qualifications and even a little more. The best ads are typically in the Sunday papers. Because employers often receive hundreds of replies to one ad, make sure that your cover letter and resume stand out in a very positive way. Be sure to address in your cover letter each requirement listed in the ad – even if it's already in your resume. If salary history is requested, indicate a range that you are looking for at the bottom of your cover letter. Reading advertisements is helpful to keep up-to-date on what qualities and skills are most in demand. When appropriate, use these keywords in your resume and cover letter.
Internet Job Listings
Get help from the Web for job openings. Many employers are directing job seekers to their company web site for the application process. Because of the lower cost, information is available 24/7, which makes it easier for candidates to apply. Some companies will even tell you how to prepare for the interview. If you are interested in a particular employer, go directly to their web site. If the home page does not have a direct link for employment, do a keyword search for human resources, such as "employment, careers, or jobs" to locate the appropriate page.
For information about online job listings available to JJC students regionally and nationally, as well as a list of top online job listing Web sites, see the online job postings
Employment Agencies and Services
(not more than 10% of your time)
- Temp Agencies
- Employment Agencies
- Executive Search Firms
- Career Consultants
- Job Service
Research the reputation of any agency you are considering and be sure to read and understand the contract. If you are looking for a specific industry, seek out agencies that specialize in that particular field. Agencies can work in two ways: They find temporary employees for client companies, and also find permanent employees for client companies. Often, you can begin as a "temp" and get hired by the employer once you have proven yourself for a certain period of time. Use the agencies where the employer pays the fee and the agency specializes in your field.