Explore this guide to discover career options, find jobs, and find valuable information on applying and interviewing for positions.
Last Updated: Mar 4, 2017
This research guide will assist users with finding career information resources, including resources meant to help them choose a desired career path, find available jobs, and obtain a desired career or position.
Office of Career Planning and Placement
- The Vault
A comprehensive information and career resource.
- Career Resources Page
This is the career resources page of Morton College and it features many of the career resources Morton College has that are exclusive to Morton College students.
- The Morton College Job Board
This job board is exclusively for Morton College students and features employers looking for the next Morton College graduate to fill their ranks.
- The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
HACE's mission is to positively impact the American workplace by cultivating the pipeline of Latino talent and providing Latino professionals the insight, access, and support to be successful in their careers. With job fairs, events, and resources for both Hispanics and non-Hispanics, this organization is a great place to both build contacts and develop professional skills.
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Looking for a job? Here are some of the most popular general job search engines:
Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 80 million unique visitors and 1.5 billion job searches per month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 26 languages, covering 94% of global GDP.
- Career Builder
Looking for a new job? Get advice or search over 1.6 million jobs on the largest job site, set alerts to be first in line and have new jobs emailed to you.
- Simply Hired
Simply Hired is a search engine company based in Silicon Valley, whose goal is to build the largest online database of jobs on the planet. As well, they hop to make finding your next job a simple yet effective, enjoyable journey.
Find the job that's right for you. Use Monster's resources to create a killer resume, search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.
The jobs section of Craigslist is another great place where you might find your next job or career. With numerous job ads posted by the Craigslist's online community, you might just find the position you are seeking.
- Chicago Tribune Jobs
Newspapers are another great place to find open and available jobs and positions. This link takes you to the Chicago Tribune's classified job ads.
LinkedIn isn't so much a job search engine as it is a professional networking site where you can build a collection of business comrades and contacts to help your collective careers propel forward.
No matter your career, there is likely a job search engine specifically designed for it. Here are a few sample industry specific job search engines:
This is a top job site for those job seekers looking to find a position in the tech and computer world.
- HealthECareers a.k.a. Medhunters
This top job search engine for those looking to find a career in the arena of health and medicine.
The government is a major employer, especially for those in programs such as criminal justice, law, and similar fields.
- Chicago Jobs
This site lists government jobs available in the city of Chicago.
- Work 4 Illinois
This website lists jobs posted by the government of Illinois.
- USA Jobs
This website list jobs posted by the federal government.
While using job search engines is a great way to find jobs in your field it is not the only method. In fact, the jobs found in these search engines may only be scraping the surface of the actual jobs available at any given time. As well, many others may be searching the same jobs as you, giving you increased competition and challenge. Below are some additional job search strategies you may wish to employ in hopes of turning your dream job into a reality.
Sometimes 'who you know' is more important than 'what you know'. Skilled job seekers build a strong network of contacts that can both alert them of new and upcoming jobs and help place them into open positions.
- Apply to Employers Directly
Not every job is on a search engine. Yet, most open positions for a given company or organization can be found on their website. Go to the websites of companies in which you have an interest and look for an "Employment" or "Human Resources" link where you can find the jobs and careers they have available. As well, if you are really ambitious, save the links to the organizations job site and check again regularly to be the first to apply to new and emerging positions.
- Job Fairs
Keep an eye out for career and job fairs. These fairs are excellent opportunities to meet employers, distribute resumes, network and establish contacts, develop your professional skills, and even find the job or career you were looking for.
- Professional Organizations
Professional organizations are great places to both hear about upcoming job opportunities and meet and network with other professionals in your field. Moreover, professional organizations exist for nearly every career field and area. Whether you are a nurse or a historian, an IT person or a business professional, a professional organization may help you to both enhance your career and uncover opportunities.
- Headhunters and Temp Agencies
With all the work it takes to conduct a job search, you might wish that someone could do the job for you. Well, to this end, you may wish to explore options with either a temp agency or headhunter who can work on your behalf to find you the job you are seeking. Oftentimes, these agencies may charge a fee either to yourself or your employer once you get a position, but, if you are just starting out, these organization can help you get the first necassary foot in the door.
- Use College Career Resources
An entire department of Morton College is dedicated to helping you make the most of your education by helping to provide you with career guidance and support. Keep a watchful eye out for resume and interview skill building workshops and internal Morton College job boards and business partnerships. As well, similar departments exist in other colleges and univeristies and if you decide to build upon your Morton College education at another college, you should try to get in touch with their career department as well.