Career Toolbox

The Career Toolbox provides quick access to what you needed to get started on building your career.

Check out our printable “How To” Career Handouts & Guides on a variety of career topics.

 

Exclusive Career Building Tools provided by the Career Development Center

Focus 2

Focus 2 is a Career Planning system with “Career Tests” to understand who you are as it relates to careers and fields of study:

Focus 2: Sign-In Instructions

  • Go to FOCUS 2 Career Login to create your account or login.
  • Complete the self-assessment areas: Work Interests, Personality, Values (Required); Skills, & Leisure (Optional).
  • Then click “Combine Assessments”.

Why Use FOCUS 2

  • Analyze your career and educational goals
  • Assess your work interests, leisure interests, skills, personality, and values
  • Explore career paths and education programs compatible with your attributes
  • Map out your career and educational goals, action plans, and personal development

 

GoinGlobal: Best resources for H1B info, city/country hiring practices & more

GoinGlobal: Sign-In Instructions

  • Go to GoinGlobal
  • Start navigating or watch the user training webinars

Why Use GoinGlobal

  • Features 39 detailed Country Career Guides
  • Contains 50 USA/Canada City Career Guides
  • Worldwide job/internship postings and corporate profiles
  • H1B database with sorting filters

 

CareerSpots

Career advice videos on topics from interview prep and effective job/internship strategies

CareerSpots: Sign-In Instructions

  • Go to the CareerSpots
  • Select the relevant career “Channel” on top
  • Videos are listed topic to the left
  • Click and watch career video

Why Use CareerSpots

  • Collection of 70 career advice videos
  • Get information in 2-3 minutes
  • Hear from recruiters and career experts
  • Print off the helpful Tip Sheets

 

OptimalResume: Create resumes and cover letter, mock interview & more

OptimalResume: Sign-In Instructions

First Time to Sign-In:

  • Go to OptimalResume
  • Select the “NEW USER” Link in upper right
  • Complete Profile Information using your UIS email address

Established User Sign-In:

  • Login to OptimalResume
  • Enter your UIS email address and unique password
  • Click on to the desired module housed in the “Document Center”

Why Use OptimalResume


 

Career Planning Programs created by CDC: Click & Go!

  • GOALS  Learn about you and your career development process and success strategies
  • Career Pathfinders – Connects field of study offered at UIS to skills, job titles, & more

Job Links and Resources

 

Helpful Calculators

  • Salary.com: Research average salary ranges based on experience, job title and location
  • PayCheckCity.com: Find out your take home pay after all the required withholding

 

Additional Helpful Tools

GlassDoor.com: Get the scoop about companies from their employees

  • Login to GlassDoor     No Password Needed
  • Inside look for over 300,000 company salaries, reviews, and interview questions
  • Learn from the employee’s perspective about company culture and values
  • Great resources, blogs and job posting site

Buzzfile.com: The most advanced company information database

  • View our customized list of employers by major
  • With Buzzfile you can:
    • Discover thousands of companies by major
    • Identify potential new employers
    • And more!

Career Information System: Career prep and outlook information system by State of Illinois

  • Login to Career Information System Username: Illinois      Password: careers
  • Up-to-date, reliable information to help make important life decisions
  • Information on occupations, skills in demand, and job market trends for Illinois and nationally
  • Details about programs of study and trainings
  • Learn about owning your own business, tips for a successful job search and much more.

LiveCareer: Comprehensive career website for students and job seekers

  • Navigate to the website  Open to all with no password required
  • One of the best sites for college, career and career transitioning planning
  • Provides tutorials, tools, samples, and resources related to application documents
  • Great site to learn about how personal branding and importance of keywords in job search

O*Net: nation’s primary website source of occupational information sponsored by the US Dept. of Labor

  • Browse O*Net groups of similar occupations to explore careers by industry, field of work, & science area
  • Focus on occupations that use a specific tool or software. Explore occupations that need your skills
  • Utilize crosswalks to search for specific educational, career, and training pathways

Career One Stop: The “Pathway to Career Success” website sponsored by the US Dept. of Labor

  • Visit Career One Stop to gather reliable information
  • Offers a wide range of career, projected salaries and education information
  • Find out what jobs and skills that are in demand and where

City Town Info: Information and analysis on US places, careers, colleges, and more

  • Find details on hundreds of careers, including salary data by occupation and city
  • Career videos and career stories from people currently on the job
  • Profiles on 20,000+ communities including demographics, climate,  neighborhoods, and economic forecast

If having trouble using or accessing the tools, contact the Career Development Center for assistance.