Job Openings in Our Community
We put together a list of current employment opportunities in and around our community for both adults and teens. Companies listed with a “T” following it means they are accepting applications from job seekers under the age of 18.
- Aldi in Darien is hiring for various positions
- Burger King in both Willowbrook and Downers Grove (T)
- Home Depot in Darien is hiring for cashiers right now
- Jewel Osco in Darien is hiring for various positions (T)
- Mariano’s in Westmont is hiring for various positions (T)
- McDonald's in Darien is hiring Crew members right now (T)
- Petsmart in Darien is hiring for various positions (T)
- Walgreens in Darien, Westmont, and Willowbrook have various positions open (T)
- Walmart in Darien is hiring for various positions (T)
- Target in Willowbrook is hiring for various positions (T)
Community Resources Community Career Center
1815 W. Diehl Rd., Suite 900 Naperville, IL 60563
Offers network and accountability groups, job search and technology workshops, one-on-one assistance from HR and business professionals including resume review, interview prep, LinkedIn help, and networking.
Goodwill Workforce Connection Center
351 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL 60148
Provides workshops, resume/cover letter assistance, career exploration tools, on-site recruitment sessions, and access to computers, internet, printer, fax, and phone.
Illinois Department of Employment Security
2525 Cabot Dr., Lisle, IL 60532
Open to anyone seeking employment benefits.
People’s Resource Center Southeast
104 Chestnut Ave., Westmont, IL 60559
Volunteers teach computer training classes in neighborhood centers, including Introduction to Computers and Windows, Word, and Excel. Other PRC locations offer a Jobs Assistance Program that provides coaches who work one-on-one with job seekers.
workNet DuPage Career Center
2525 Cabot Dr., Suite 302, Lisle, IL 60532
Services include introductory computer and job search workshops, job clubs and job fairs, and career and educational assessment.
The National Retail Federation
While many retailers have been forced to make cuts to their workforce due to temporary or permanent closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, other retail companies are hiring to meet consumer demand.
Learn more about 30 major U.S. companies hiring now to meet demand.
This site is actively tracking companies that are hiring and companies that are freezing hiring now to meet demand.
Find an updated list of companies that want your applications now.
Find work from home
These companies are seeking employees to work from home.
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- Brainfuse JobNow - Provides practical tools for job seekers. Receive a personalized expert analysis of your resume and cover letter, get live interview coaching from 2- 11 p.m. daily, plus browse other career and interview resources.
- Brainfuse LearnNow - Provides live tutoring help from 2- 11 p.m., plus lessons and practice tests on school and career topics (AP, ACT, GED, ASVAB, NCLEX, TOEFL, and much more).
- Business Source Premier - Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).
- Glassdoor - Glassdoor holds a growing database of millions of company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees.
- Lynda.com by LinkedIn - Learn new business skills with online video tutorials, covering topics like job search strategies, salary negotiation, and resume writing. You can also watch tutorials to learn popular software and new skills.
- ReferenceUSA - Browse a directory of over 25 million US and Canadian businesses to research companies and view job listings.
Interviews are an important part of your job search. They give you the chance to stand out and sell yourself to a potential employer. There are a few key things you should prepare before your interview; answers to common questions, questions to ask the interviewer, and references.
Interviewers will typically ask you some general questions about your experience and your work. Before your interview, be sure to review your resume. You should be able to talk about your background as it is described in your resume. Don’t add anything in your resume that you don’t feel confident about. Make sure that you are accurately representing your education, experience, and skills.
When sitting for an interview, remember to be respectful. Make eye contact with your interviewer to show that you are actively listening. If you have a nervous habit, practice before your interview. Your goal is not just to show that you are capable of doing the job, but also that you are competent and sociable.
You may be asked about your strengths and weaknesses, along with your work ethic. It might be tempting to say that your weakness is that you care too much, or that you work too hard, but this never sounds authentic. Be sure to take some time to think this over before your interview. Remember that you know yourself better than anyone. Be honest, but don’t be blunt.
Once your interview has concluded, you will be asked if you have any questions. Even if you think you don’t have any, you should prepare a few to ask. This will help your interviewer see that you’re serious about the job. Don’t feel like you need to interview your interviewer. Just ask a few basic questions to get a sense of the job.
Here are some questions that I like to ask:
- How did you get started at this company/organization?
- What does a typical workday look like for you?
- What does a typical career path in this position look like?
Don’t ask anything too personal. You don’t want to come across as rude. Stick to professional questions. Ask about their experience, education, or current position. Don’t ask about their personal life or their finances. No one likes to talk about how much money they make.
References are an important part of your professional image. If you don’t have any previous job experience, your references can be a leader from an extracurricular activity, someone you’ve volunteered for, or a trusted professor. Ask before you use someone as a reference. You want to make sure they are prepared and willing to vouch for you.
We offer access to specialized resources for your career search. Try these for more help:
- Lynda.com by LinkedIn Learning. This resource is free with your Indian Prairie Public Library card. Lynda offers thousands of video tutorials on business functions and practices. Whether you are the interviewer or the interviewee, Lynda.com can help you develop and refine your skills.
- Brainfuse JobNow is available to all Indian Prairie Public Library cardholders. Get real-time interview practice to strengthen your skills. You can also use Brainfuse JobNow to connect with a job coach and have your resume reviewed.
- ReferenceUSA has information on over 25 million US and Canadian businesses so you can research before your interview.
Interviews can be stressful, but they’re important for both the interviewer and the interviewee. Authenticity is key. Prepare in advance so you can show your best self and have a positive interview experience.