Career Toolbox



Focus 2

Going Global



Career Planning 

Job Links and Resources

Helpful Calculators

Additional Tools


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 CDC:

Focus 2: 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

  • Login to UIS CareerConnect
  • On homepage CareerConnect, go to “Online Toolbox” (scroll down)
  • Select the FOCUS 2 link and create your account.
  • 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

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

Going Global: Sign-In Instructions

  • Login to UIS CareerConnect
  • Locate the “Online Toolbox” section (lower right-side)
  • Select the Going Global link
  • Start navigating or watch the user webinars

Why Use Going Global:

  • 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:

  • Login to UIS CareerConnect
  • Locate the “Online Toolbox” section (lower right-side)
  • Select the “Create OptimalResume Account” Link
  • Complete Profile Information using your UIS email address

Established User Sign-In:

  • Login to UIS CareerConnect
  • Select the “Login to OptimalResume” Link under “Online Toolbox
  • Enter your UIS email address and unique password
  • Click on to the desired module housed in the “Document Center”

Why Use Optimal Resume

 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

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

Additional Helpful Tools 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 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.