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Taking Control of Your Online Brand

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We live in a digital age, which makes it quick and easy to access or post almost anything on the internet. This has made life more convenient, but there can be downsides as well.

While we work and play in the real world, there are versions of ourselves living online: our status updates, photos, and comments. When you’re in the midst of a job search, employers often look online to get a sense of your personality and alert themselves to any red flags. Is your collection of digital fingerprints—your “online brand”—up to the task of getting you a job?   (more…)

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The Gorilla in the Room: Your Nagging Need for Employment

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“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” – Robert Strauss

You’ve been searching for a job for a while. And now it’s Monday and time to get back to it in earnest. Frankly, you don’t want to. You are tired this morning, and tired of the search. You’ve been at it for weeks now — maybe even months, or longer. Sometimes it seems as if all your efforts will never pay off.

But is your “gorilla” tired of it? (more…)

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Why Networking is So Important for Your Job Search

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You are obviously serious about finding your next position. You spend your days and nights at your computer, filling out online applications, writing cover letters, applying, applying, and applying.

But have you been networking?

Many job search experts consider networking to be the most important, most effective aspect of a job search. This might not be what you want to hear, because you cringe at the thought of approaching others about your need for employment.

But network you must, and here are some reasons why, and some ways to look at it. (more…)

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Mikaela Wellington: Stepping Into a New Career

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The star of this success story is Mikaela Wellington, a young woman who found a new career and a full-time job through DuPage County’s Make Your Way (MYWay) program.

Mikaela Wellington, 19 years old, held jobs at Jewel-Osco and KFC, yet knew these would not become careers for her. “You had to work really hard to make very little money and it’s something you can’t grow out of, and if you can, it’s going to take a lot of time,” says Mikaela. She now has a full-time front desk job at Embassy Suites in Lombard, with more possibilities for advancement in the future.

Here is Mikaela’s story: (more…)

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Facing the Job Search Mountain in 2016

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This past year, I had a really interesting conversation with a job seeker. I’ll say his name was Joe.

At the time of our conversation, Joe had been job searching for over a year, and as his goal for employment he had chosen a very particular career at a very well-known company. However, due to his lack of experience, he had been told by many people that he was aiming too high and that he was crazy for doing so.

His question to me was, “Do you think I’m crazy?” (more…)

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