Resources and Tools
Make the most of your job search when you use this valuable list of resources and tools. Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance has compiled a list of links and helpful information that can help you prepare, look professional, and stay informed.
BrowseAloud will read web pages out loud for free. The free software is easy to use and can help anyone who has difficulty reading online, including those with mild visual impairments, low literacy, English as a second language, or learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Point your mouse to words on any website and BrowseAloud will highlight the words and read them aloud.
The following are instructional videos on a variety of topics ready to walk you through using the portal, creating a resume, helpful tips, setting your resume type, format, and layout, utilizing background information, job information, and contact information and references, and revising your resume.
If you are trying to bounce back from a layoff, the following videos will inform you about programs and services available to you during your time of transition.
- Career Toolbox
- Connect to Education and Training
- Demand Occupations
- Downloadable Worksheets, Sample Resumes, Key Words, and Activities
- Internet Public Library
- Occupational Information Network
- Salary Calculator: Relocation, Cost of Living, Real Estate
- What is a fair wage?
Prepare for a Job
- Contact Potential Employers
- Research Employers
- Skills and Interests Assessments
- Job Skills Guides
- Careers, Wages, & Trends
- Labor Market Information
- Prepare Your Resume
- Prepare for an Interview
- Illinois Essential Employability Skills (soft skills)
About the TABE Test
The new TABE 11&12 tests are secure, reliable, and valid assessments used to assess the achievement of examinees on core content areas taught and assessed as part of Adult Basic Education programs nationwide. The TABE test is aligned to the National College and Career Readiness Standards for the three core subject areas: Reading, Mathematics, and Language. Reading and Mathematics are required for WIOA participants unless you have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution. Test results help the WIOA Career Planners to evaluate your ability to understand the curriculum for your chosen training program as well as your ability to pass any required state certification and licensing exams. If your score(s) are not within an acceptable range, you will have to wait six weeks before you can retest. So, please be sure to prepare.
Preparing for TABE
TABE is a diagnostic test used to determine a person’s skill levels and aptitudes. Many companies use it in hiring, promotions, or for selecting employees for training programs for skilled positions. The TABE test is also used by public service agencies who are guiding people into adult education programs, such as getting a high school equivalency (HSE), going to trade school, etc.
TABE tests skills and aptitudes in reading, math, and English, as you’ll apply them in the workforce or classroom. Although there’s -no such thing as passing or failing the TABE test, your score can determine your eligibility for many programs that can have a positive effect on your life situation. It’s important to be prepared for the test. Test arrangements will be scheduled in advance by your Career Planner. Group locator and math testing will typically be scheduled on Wednesday morning. Group reading tests will typically be scheduled on Monday afternoon. Please be sure to let your Career Planner know if you need other arrangements or accommodations.
TABE 11&12 Maximum Allowable Testing Times
|Level||Reading Part 1||Reading Part 2||Language||Math Part 1||Math Part 2|
|L||35 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||75 minutes||N/A|
|E||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||75 minutes||N/A|
|M||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||40 minutes||15 minutes|
|D||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||40 minutes||35 minutes|
|A||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||30 minutes||45 minutes|
|Locator||45 minutes||N/A||25 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes|