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 Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is designed specifically for adult populations. It is standardized tests that assess student mastery of basic educational skills in reading and math. The results of the test helps the WIOA funding program evaluate your ability to understand the curriculum of your chosen training program, as well as your ability to pass any required state certification and licensing exams.
Your score will be a grade point average, not a pass of fail, and the acceptable score/level will depend on the training program you are interested in attending. This assessment is a requirement of the WIOA Act, unless you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution. If your score is not within an acceptable range, you will have to wait six weeks before you can retest, so be sure to prapare.
Prepare for the TABE Test
You will be taking three sections of the TABE: Reading, and two Math sections. You will be answering 75 questions and it will take approximately 1 ½ hours. You will be provided a calculator to only be utilized for the final Math section only.
The following links will provide you with resources that may assist you in preparing for and achieving an optimal score on the TABE test.