Job Search Success Story

Building a Better Life in a New Country: A Success Story


The star of this job search success story is Jean-Pierre Mbetu Nkanga, who received a grant for CNC machine training, as well as other employment services from the DuPage County Workforce Development Division, located in the workNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle, IL.

When Jean-Pierre Mbetu Nkanga first came in to the workNet DuPage Career Center, he was, as would be expected, somewhat discouraged. He needed to find a way to make a better living than the $10.00/hr. he had most recently been making.

Nevertheless, Jean-Pierre managed to remain positive. He never lost sight of the ultimate goal — completing school to upgrade his skills, and getting back to work. To say the least, this was not easy to do, with a wife and four children depending on him. (more…)

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10 Things to do After a Layoff, to Get Yourself Back on Track


Losing a job is stressful. In fact, it is the eighth most stressful event in someone’s life (according to the Holmes and Rahe stress scale). Much of the stress associated with being laid off comes from the many uncertainties that suddenly arise. There is a lot to take in, a lot to process, and a lot to start doing, all in a short period of time.

If you’ve recently been through a layoff, here are 10 things you can do to help yourself recover and get on track toward landing your next job. (more…)

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Financial Aid 101: What You Need to Know to Pay for School


During your job search process you may decide to pursue training to increase your marketability. Many employers value job candidates who have obtained new knowledge or skills. Whether you are adding new credentials to your resume or attending college for the first time, it is important to be knowledgeable about the options available to help pay for your education. (more…)

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Recruiters Speak: How To Find and Apply to Jobs


This is the first in our five-part series, “Recruiters Speak.” For each article in this series we asked recruiters at DuPage County employers to answer questions about different aspects of searching for a job.

These HR professionals were happy to give their expert advice, though not all wanted their full identities used. The participating recruiters for this series were:

  • Erin Cohan and Julia Musso, Talent Acquisition Specialists, Northwestern Medicine – West Region (CDH & Delnor)
  • Natalie Goulding, Human Resources Coordinator at a DuPage area worldwide distributor
  • Kristin Ament, HR Manager at a financial and marketing services firm
  • An experienced HR Generalist/Recruiter, employed at an HR/Business Association
  • Corey Tea, Contract Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist and Recruiter at Univar, a chemicals sourcing, managing and distribution company, Downers Grove.

They hope their input will help DuPage area job-seekers in their efforts to find their next position!


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Monday Motivation: Success is Measured in Obstacles Overcome


Success. Everybody wants it, but achieving it can be tricky.

In your job search, your work history, skills, and interests combine to form your unique background. These are your strengths, which contribute to the specific choices available to you in finding your next position. Your strengths help you achieve career success.

You also have a set of weaknesses – we all do – and these combine to create the obstacles to success that need to be overcome. The good news is that you can adapt in order to face your challenges, to the best of your ability, just as the two following celebrities have done. (more…)

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