College and Career Readiness

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Integrating Illinois workNet


Skills for Success​​

A college and career-ready workforce has a combination of:

  • Academic skills.
  • Industry-wide technical skills.
  • Employability skills (soft skills).

Workforce and education​​​ partners meet their local workforce needs by partnering with and  providing experts in each skill area. This best approaches use a set of services, training, assessments, and outreach that help meet local employment needs.

Illinois workNet's role is to provide resources, tools, and assessments that partners, employers, and customers use teach and gain these skills.

partner icon Partners have different levels of interaction with customers.

For this guide, partner interaction levels are defined as:

  • Minimal Interaction - Provide assistance, but not in the sense of​ case management. Examples include a librarian or resource room staff.
  • Moderate Interaction - Provide assistance with an instructor role or direct advising or counseling role, but not case management. Examples include teacher, instructor, advisor, or workshop facilitator.
  • Case Management Interaction - Provide WIOA case management services.

Learn more with the guides below. 

Still have questions? Go to Partner FAQ.​​

​Print Materials

Partner Print Resources:

  • Employment 101 - Career Plan Instructor Guide (PPT)Job Search Plan Instructor Guide (PPT​)

Customer Handout / Flyers:

Customer User Guides for:

  • Exploring Career Pathways - Minimal Work Experience (PDF);  Work Experience (​PDF)
  • Finding a Training Program - Minimal Work Experience (PD​F); Work Experience (PDF)
  • Preparing to Find a Job - Minimal Work Experience (PDF); Work Experience (PDF)
  • Applying for a Job - Minimal Work Experience (PDF) Work Experience (PDF)

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Get Started in Illinois workNet


My Dashobard icon partner iconProviders help customers get started using an individual or group approach.

  1. Learn about Illinois workNet using the Qu​ick Start Guide (PDF).

  2. Customers need to have an account.
    • Customers can set up an account through the website or jobPrep App.
    • Some programs offered through Illinois workNet require customers to complete an online application. When a program application is completed, an account is created.
    • It is important that customers only have one account. Their saved bookmarks, plans, assessment results, etc. stay with their account. If they have multiple accounts, all of their information is not together. Please encourage them to recover their password rather than create a new account.

  3. Invite customers to join a customer group.
    • Some programs offered through Illinois workNet automatically place customers in a group so that you can see their program information. Only partners that have been given access to these groups can see the customer's saved program information.
    • If you do not have access to program groups, you can use the personal group / invitation process. You can invite customers to join the group to see their saved assessment results and other helpful information.

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Determine Services Needed


services icon

customer iconCustomers identify areas where they need assistance.

Use the Service Finder to locate specialized assistance and support. This includes:  

Child CareDisabilityFinancial Food and NutritionHealthcareImmigrant Re-entryShelterTransportationVeteran 

Do they need assistance in the following?

  • Updating their basic skills
  • Updating skills and/or credentials for a new career
  • Finding a job

partner iconProvider / Partners determine how to connect customers to services.

  • Minimal Interaction - Direct the customer to the user guides and service locator for a self-guided approach.
  • Moderate Interaction - Direct the customer to the user guides and service locator for a self-guided approach, and provide guidance.
  • Case Management Interaction - Assist customers in applying for WIOA intensive or training services with application information. If they are not eligible or do not want services, direct the customer to the user guides and service locator for a self-guided approach.

Determine Skills and Interests


explore icon customer iconCustomers complete skill and interest career exploration activities.

Option 1 - Complete Employmen​t 101 (PDF) using a guided approach.

  • Pre-assessment
  • Skill and Interest Survey
  • Steps and resources for creating a career plan and training plan
  • Post-assessment
  • Certificate of Completion (upon successful completion of the post-assessment)

Option 2 - Complete individual components. Printable user guides for Exploring Career Pathways are available in Download & Print.

  • As a starting point to identify career pathways that may be good matches, complete skill and interest surveys and save results. 
  • Use the Careers, Wages & Trends to learn more about and take notes on careers, projected job openings, and the training required for each career.
  • Use the Job Skills Guide and Digital L​iteracy Guide to help recognize workplace skills that employers desire.
  • Use the Skills Assessment that is available within the Resume Builder (in My Dashboard) to help identify skills and when / where those skills were developed. This is helpful for recognizing transferable skills.

partner iconProvider / Partners provide feedback and guidance selecting in-demand occupations based on skills and interests.

  • Minimal Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance.
  • Moderate Interaction - View skill and interest survey results in customer groups and provide user guides for customer self-guidance. Incorporate the Illinois workNet tools and assessments into the training program.
  • Case Management Interaction - View skill and interest survey results in customer groups and provide user guides for customer self-guidance.  Provide workshops that incorporate Illinois workNet tools and advertise through the E​vent Calendar.

Build Skills


Training & Credentials Icon customer iconCustomers create a training plan and complete training program.

Option 1 - Complete Employment 1​01 (PDF) using a guided approach.

Option 2 - Complete individual components. Printable user guides for Finding a Training Program are available in Download & Print.

partner iconProvider / Partners provide feedback and guidance on getting qualified for in-demand occupations.

  • Minimal Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance.
  • Moderate Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance. View training program research and provide recommended next steps. For training providers: These assessments are free to Illinois workNet partners.
    • Use the Observational Assessment to provide feedback on how well the student is demonstrating workplace skills in a training program environment.
    • Have employers complete the Worksite Evaluation to provide workplace skill feedback for co-ops, interns, or other work experience situations.
    • Offer the NOCTI 21st Century Skills Assessment so that students can earn a NOCTI credential for their portfolios and resumes. 
  • Case Management Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance.​ Provide workshops that incorporate Illinois workNet tools and advertise through the Event Calendar. View training program research and provide the recommended next steps. For customers that are in training programs:
    • View the Observational Assessment results. Provide the customer with positive feedback for successes or recommended next steps if corrective action is needed.
    • Have employers complete the Worksite Evaluation to provide workplace skill feedback for co-ops, interns, or other work experience situations.  Provide the customer with positive feedback for successes or recommended next steps if corrective action is needed.
    • Offer the NOCTI 21st Century Skills assessment so that students can earn a NOCTI credential for their portfolios.​​

Show Qualifications


Show Qualifications Icon

customer iconCustomers prepare / update their resumes and portfolios.

Option 1 - Compl​​ete Employment 101 (PDF) using a guided approach.

Option 2 - Complete individual components. Printable user guides for Exploring Career Pathways are available in Download & Print.

  • Use Job Skills Guide​ and Digital Literacy Guide to help customers recognize workplace skills that employers desire. 
  • Use the Prepare Your Resume resources such as worksheets, sample resumes, Marketing Your Skills articles, videos, and online resources for tips and guidance. 
  • Customers use the Resume Builder (in My Dashboard) to create, customize and save resumes. Use the Skills Assessment area (within the resume builder) to help identify skills and how and when those skills were developed.
  • Use the portfolio and cover letter tools in the Resume Builder to provide a complete package that can be accessed through one location.
  • Update social media accounts to highlight current qualifications and show information that is appropriate for employers to view. See t​he Social Media Guid​e​ for tips and guidance.

partner iconProvider / Partners provide feedback and guidance on marketing skills and qualifications.

  • Minimal Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance.
  • Moderate Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance and provide feedback to the customer. Have students send a link to their resume, portfolio, and social media pages for critique. A web​ address (URL) is available for resumes and portfolios if they are created in the Resume Builder.
  • Case Management Interaction - Provide workshops that incorporate Illinois workNet tools and advertise through the Event Calendar. Provide user guides for customer self-guidance. Have customers send a link to their resume, portfolio, and social media pages for critique. A web address (URL) is available for resumes and portfolios if they are created in the Resume Builder.

Find and Keep a Job


Find Job Opening Icon customer iconCustomers find job openings, intervi​ew, and accept the job.

Option 1 - Complete Employment 101 (PDF) using a guided approach.

Option 2 - Complete individual components. Printable user guides for Applying for a Job and Social Media Guides are available in Download & Print.

  • Use the Illinois workNet JobFinder, Illinois JobLink, Featured Employers, and Student & Trade Connections tools to locate job openings.
  • Use the Event Calendar to find job fairs and other job events.
  • Review Social Media Guides for tips on how to find job leads through social media.
  • Use the Resume Builder (in My Dashboard) to customize resumes and create a digital portfolio and website to pull everything together.
  • Read Employment and Hiring Planning articles for tips and guida​​nce related to job searching, applying for a job, interviewing, and troubleshooting job search progress.
  • Use the Job Search Record Worksheet (PDF) to organize to track applications, follow-up activities, and interviews.
  • Practice and record your interview questions and responses using the interview video and recording tools within the Resume Builder (in My Dashboard).

partner iconProvider / Partners provide feedback and guidance on marketing skills and qualifications.

  • Minimal Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance.
  • Moderate Interaction - Provide user guides for customer self-guidance. Have students send you a link to their saved interview responses for critique. A web address (URL) is available for interview responses that are saved in the Resume Builder.
  • Case Management Interaction - Provide workshops that incorporate Illinois workNet tools. Provide user guides for customer self-guidance.  Have customers send you a link to their saved interview responses for critique.  A web address (URL) is available for interview responses that are saved in the Resume Builder.