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Although IDES offices will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial’ Day holiday, you can still certify and apply for benefits and access other online resources! Please also note that benefit payments may take longer to process during this time. Offices will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30th.

Illinois Career Information System

A self-directed, no cost, internet-based system that combines a wealth of career, education/training, and labor market information into one comprehensive, easy-to-use resource tool. The CIS portal encourages self-reflection, exploration, research, goal setting, and decision making for lifelong learning.

CIS Job Seeker 

Recommended for career explorers and career changers, CIS Job Seeker is for the person who wants to explore current job market trends, change careers, seek new opportunities, and more. This version features extensive job search resources, certification, training and retraining options, job and labor market trends, and offers career-planning guidance. 

CIS College 

Recommended for potential, current, and former college students and adults. CIS College encourages college and university students to set career and educational goals, connect majors to the world of work, locate scholarships, prepare to transfer to another institution, and find graduate schools. 

CIS High School 

CIS High School provides comprehensive career information for students developing and updating their future educational and career plans. This site supports high school students in their lifelong career-planning and promotes self-awareness, self-reliance, and self-worth. Tools in this site include self-assessments, exploration, research, goal setting, and decision making. 

CIS Junior 

Explore the world of work in CIS Junior and questions like: What are my strengths, interests, and talents? How do I make decisions and plans? And how do my school and community activities help me reach my goals? This site, suitable for grades 5-8, includes activities that match a student’s interests to hundreds of occupations like scientist, video game designer, and teacher. ​

Licensed Occupations in Illinois​​ - Information provided in Illinois State Licensed, Certified and Registered Occupations has been developed to provide information about occupations that are regulated in some way by a state entity. It is designed to be a helpful tool for individuals, students, counselors, educational training program planners and administrators, economic development professionals, employers, and policy-making bodies. This information is presented only as a guide. If more detailed information is desired, please contact the appropriate regulatory agency.

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