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Career/Job Change

Most people change jobs at least once in their lives. Some lose them voluntarily and others involuntarily. Losing a job can be quite stressful. Take steps to prepare for a career or job change.




Step 1Before changing jobs, find out your abilities. Use your Transferable Skills List to match your skills to new employment options.

Step 2Use the tools on Illinois workNet to prepare for a career or job change. Start exploring your options. Identify the skills you have and the skills you will need.
  • Find out your skills and interests.
  • Update your resume and portfolio.
  • Learn how skills relate to occupations. Learn how skill levels are measured.
  • Use your skill set and identify occupations to explore.

Step 3Read about job transition advice, and ask around to see if anyone you know has been in a similar situation.

Dislocated Worker Resources

Learn about your rights as a dislocated worker. There is help available if you are losing your job because the employer is closing the business or down-sizing. Follow the steps on the Laid Off Worker Assistance pages to achieve your re-employment goals.

Mature Worker Resources

Mature workers make great employees. Your experience can make you more attractive to employers.

Improve your chances of finding (and keeping) a job:
  • Upgrade your skills, especially computer skills
  • Take advantage of training opportunities
  • Accept new job challenges
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Veterans Resources

It is a big decision to leave the military and pursue a civilian career. Don't limit your civilian job choices to results from a military skills translator. Follow the steps on the Veterans Guide pages to achieve your re-employment goals. And be sure to review other resources for veterans in the box above as you prepare for a job.
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  • Statewide Interest

    Create a Great Resume!

    Illinois workNet Resume Builder The Illinois workNet Resume Builder is FREE to all Illinois workNet account holders. Log-in or sign up External link opens in a new window to:
    • Create or Manage Your Resumes.
    • Create or Manage Your Cover Letters.
    • Create or Manage Your Portfolios.
    • Create or Manage Your Assessments.
    • Create or Manage Your Interviews.
    • Create or Manage Your Video Resumes.
    • Create or Manage Your Resume Websites.


  • Could this be YOUR LIFE?

    Could this be Your Life logo

    Check out this online interactive game brought to you by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, and take the journey through Could this be YOUR LIFE.  This interactive game will teach you about the consequences of making career and life choices.

    To access this interactive game, visit the Could this be YOUR LIFE External link opens in a new windowweb site.



  • Kids and Careers Brochure

    Kids and Careers: How Families Can Help Youth Succeed The Department of Employment Security, Kids and Careers: How Families Can Help Youth Succeed brochure provides the tools and information to help children succeed in life.   
    For more information visit the Kids and Careers brochure External link opens in a new window.

    Counselors and school administrators interested in packets of printed brochures, please call (877) 513-1987 or email des.icrn@illinois.gov . 


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