Our Mission at Goodwill is to help those looking to help themselves and their families through the power of work. Goodwill Career Development Centers have numerous, free programs and services to support your desire to find a job, enhance your job and computer skills, learn at your own pace or advance your current career. It doesn’t matter if you’re unemployed, in school, or looking to catch up on digital technology – Goodwill Career Development Centers can help.
Not everyone can easily get in to a Goodwill Career Center, so now there is GoodProspects, an innovative virtual career navigation platform to help job seekers find jobs and grow meaningful careers. GoodProspects is free and provides multiple support services including virtual career mentors, career readiness checklists, a digital resource library, skill building topics, listing of area job fairs and workshops, and much more.
New Job Seekers
For those who need support finding a first job, or for those returning to the workforce, our Career Centers offer essential tools to evaluate your interests and skills. Learn how to interview, fill out online applications, write a resume and cover letter, and learn basic computer skills.
Retraining & Retention
Advances in technology impact all employment categories and can create hardship especially for older workers. At Goodwill Career Centers you can improve your tech skills and computer literacy, learn methods for retaining your current job, and find training and educational resources to help support a move from one career to another.
Overcoming Employment Barriers
Disability, criminal background, lack of high school diploma can all seem like insurmountable barriers to finding and keeping a good job. But Goodwill can help break down those barriers. Our professional Career Coaches will work one-on-one with you to lay out a program that matches your interests and skills with what employers are looking for. You put in the effort and we will champion your cause and support your efforts to get over the past and get moving forward again.
Career Center Locations
Throughout central Illinois, Land of Lincoln Goodwill operates several Career Centers offering free employment counsel, training and networking opportunities. Our Career Centers are “dialed in” to local area employers, State of Illinois employment programs and social service organizations to provide the job seeker with all the tools necessary to find the right job.
- 1205 W Morton Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650
- 3904 Broadway St, Quincy, IL 62305
Digital Career Accelerator®
Goodwill and Google.com have teamed together to offer a way to advance your career or to gain entry into the rising digital workforce. Approximately 27 million online job postings require digital skills and the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator® can prepare you for that future. By enrolling in the program you will gain valuable digital skills to improve your career prospects, develop a customized career planning approach, gain access to certifications and credentials, connect with community partners and receive job placement and career advancement support.
To learn more about the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator®, contact any of our Career Development Centers.
GCF Learn Free
Learning never stops and while not everyone learns at the same pace, GCFLearnFree.org provides thousands of online lessons covering 85 topics that you can utilize for free to fit your needs and your schedule. This learning portal, provided by the Goodwill Community Foundation, provides access to learning modules in math, money, computer basics, Microsoft Office, Careers and reading using video, audio, games and interactive activities. To get started go to edu.gcfglobal.org.
Skills to Succeed Academy
The Skills to Succeed Academy is an innovative online employability learning solution, created specifically to appeal to 15-24 year olds. However, the content is relevant to all ages. The Academy offers 42 hours of highly interactive online training and support materials that take learners through the entire journey of finding and keeping a job. The modules create an engaging environment that features videos of young adult characters, interactive tutorials and individual tracking tools. The Academy begins with an online self-assessment to help students think about what makes them tick and their career choices. The next group of learning modules teaches how to search for jobs, write a resume and how to succeed in an interview. The last set of modules is all about starting a new job, expectations, maintaining motivation and staying employed. To get a glimpse of the Academy presentation, please visit s2sacademy.org.
Intro to Computers
If you’re brand new to computers and social media or need to brush up your skills, our in-person classes teach you the basics of computing, managing your way through Microsoft Office or Google Business Suites. Three different classes are offered in our Career Development Centers and all are 100% free. Please refer to the Career Development Calendar on this page to see when classes are scheduled.
- Intro to Computers 101 – Covering computer basics, online safety, and social media and cloud storage.
- Intro to Computers 102 – Explore Microsoft Office including writing documents, creating spreadsheets, calendars, PowerPoint and more.
- Intro to Computers 103 – Discover the Google Business Suite and learn to write documents, handle spreadsheets, and create digital presentations and online forms and surveys.
- Intro to Computers FINAL PROJECT – Using knowledge gained from previous classes, research, build and present a final project from a set of technology topics.
If you’re not sure how to get started or have been out of the workforce for a while, our highly trained Career Coaches can design a tailored program to help answer your questions and guide you one-on-one through the process – and it is 100% free. It all begins with an assessment of your needs and existing job skill sets. To get started call the nearest Goodwill Career Development Center to make an appointment. Here’s what we can do for you:
- Assess current employment skills
- Train in soft skills, e.g. communication, professionalism, critical thinking
- Writing resumes and cover letters for today’s job openings
- Teach how to search for jobs online and through networking
- How to complete applications both online and on paper
- Provide community connections to recruiters and employers
- How to interview successfully including role playing and practice
- On-going support for job retention and job advancement
For additional information on our Career Centers and employment support programs, please call 217-789-0400.