I-Link For Students

The Basics

Signing In

If you have difficulties signing on, please call ECS at (217) 333-1960.

Editing Your Profile

  • Click on Profile along the top of the page.
  • Select the appropriate tab to change the desired information.
  • Click the Save Changes button.

*Please note that your I-link profile will be automatically populated and updated with data from official university records, including:  GPA, Degree level, Major/Concentration and Work Authorization. Any changes to these fields must be requested through ECS and acceptable documentation will be required (DARS report). 

Upload Résumés or Other Documents

  • Click on Documents along the top of the page.
  • Click the Add New button.
  • Complete the requested information and upload the appropriate document.
  • Click the Submit button.
  • Your document will automatically be converted to a pdf.

Searching for Jobs

More than 500 companies actively recruit Engineering at Illinois students. They post job openings for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions. A variety of companies, industries, and job functions are posted at any given time. I-Link helps you make the most out of your efforts by allowing you to search and apply for the positions that fit your experiences.

The Difference between Jobs and Interviews

During the recruiting period, many companies set up On-Campus Recruiting(OCR) schedules and conduct interviews on campus.

These job postings are referred to as Interviews, and you will find them by clicking on Jobs and then selecting an option including the word Interviews, such as All Interviews or Interviews I Qualify For. You may also access these postings by clicking on Campus Interviews I Qualify For under Quick Links on your I-Link home page.

In addition to OCR schedules, companies post jobs for which the interviews will not be held on campus.

These job postings are referred to as Jobs, and you will find them by clicking on Jobs and then selecting an option including the word Jobs, such as All Job Listings or Jobs I Qualify For. You may also access these postings by clicking on Jobs I Qualify For under Quick Links on your I-Link home page.

Searching for Jobs by Company, Industry, or Location

At any time, hundreds of job postings are available on I-Link. Therefore, you will probably want to perform an advanced search. Keep in mind that though the actual job may incorporate the criteria you seek, if it is not specifically stated in the job posting, the posting may not appear in your search results. Therefore, try various search criteria. Keyword search may be an effective method to identify job openings that appeal to you.

Examples:
Search by Company
To identify positions available at a particular company, such as Microsoft, go to the Employers tab and type in “Microsoft” in the keyword search box.

Search by Industry
To narrow your search by industry, such as Automotive or Chemicals, go to the Jobs tab and then select the applicable industry (Automotive or Chemicals) from the drop-down list. You may also go to the Employers tab and select the applicable industry from the drop-down list there to get a list of companies in that particular industry.

Search by Location
To search for positions in a particular location, such as the Chicago area, go to Jobs and Advanced Search. In this instance, it would be advisable to type in “Chicago” in the text box. In addition, it may be advisable to select one or more options from the drop-down list under State, such as Illinois and Midwestern US. (You may select more than one option by holding down the Control key on your keyboard.)

Keep in mind that each company posts its job descriptions; therefore, the criteria they select will vary. For instance, one company may indicate an opening in Naperville, IL, but they may not have selected Midwestern U.S. If you are looking for jobs in the Chicago area, you will probably not see this job posting unless you broaden your search to include the state of Illinois.

Benefits of Using Advanced Search

The Advanced Search tab offers additional search options such as Posting Dates, Majors/Concentrations, Work Authorization, and Travel Percentage.

Posting Dates may be used to identify jobs posted since your last visit to the website so you don’t have to scroll through postings you have already seen. By typing “10” (or any number) into the text box, you may search for job postings added during the previous 10 (or any specified number) days.

Use the Majors/Concentrations option to search for job postings specifying your degree and concentration(s). If you are majoring in General Engineering and are taking a significant amount of Agricultural Engineering courses, it is advisable to select both General Engineering and Agricultural Engineering in the search box.

If you are an international student, you may want to search using the Work Authorization option in order to determine which companies/postings will apply to you. For example, if you are studying here on an F-1 visa, selecting that option under Work Authorization will result in a list of job opportunities available to those holding an F-1 visa.

Travel Percentage is an option for you if you want (or do not want) to travel in your job. If you enjoy traveling and want to ensure you will be traveling approximately half of the time spent on the job, you may seek out jobs indicating travel percentages of <50% or <60%.

As you can see, you have many options to broaden or refine your job search on Symplicity. Try a variety of search terms to ensure optimum results in your search. Good luck!

Apply / Submit Your Resume

  • Click on Jobs along the top of the page.
  • Select the position you are interested in.
  • Under Application Status to the right, select the document(s) you want to submit and click the Submit button.

How can I see which jobs I have applied for?

  • Click on Jobs along the top of the page.
  • Click on the Applications tab.

What if I don’t qualify for a job that I’m interested in?

  • Review your profile to make sure your information is up to date.
  • Review the qualifications for the job to understand why you do not qualify.
  • If you find that you do not qualify due to a restriction based on major but you have applicable expertise in that area (appropriate coursework, experience, etc.), you may want to update your profile and add that information under Major/area(s) of focus.

*Remember that you must be honest when completing your profile. While it is fine to include an area of focus where you have taken applicable coursework or have appropriate experience, you should be able to rationalize why you selected the area if asked. If ECS finds that you have misrepresented your skills or expertise, you may be removed from I-Link and/or your access to ECS services and resources may be eliminated.

What do I do if I want to withdraw an application?

  • Click on Jobs along the top of the page.
  • Click on the Applications tab.
  • Click the Withdraw Application button for the appropriate job.

Interview Preselection

  • You will receive an e-mail message indicating that you have been preselected once the preselect signup period begins.
  • Be sure to sign up for interviews that you were preselected for before the deadline.
  • The sooner you sign up, the more options available to you.

Interview Status

  • Click on Interviews along the top of the page.
  • To see the status of pending interviews, click on the Interview Requests tab.
  • To view your current interviews, click on the Scheduled Interviews tab.

Find Recruiting Activities & Events

  • Click on Events along the top of the page.
  • Click on the appropriate tab (you can find information about career fairs, information sessions, and workshops in this section).
  • Events are also listed on the calendar, which can be viewed by clicking on calendar along the top of the page.

Sign Up for an Event

  • Click on Events along the top of the page.
  • Click on the appropriate tab (you can find information about career fairs, information sessions, and workshops in this section).
  • Click on the event that you are interested in attending.
  • Click the RSVP button.