How to Get a Job with the State of Illinois – A Guide to the Employment Process

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By Jennifer Weggeman – Career Counselor and Workshop Facilitator

March 30, 2017

The workNet DuPage Career Center recently hosted representatives onsite from the State of Illinois to help job-seekers understand the hiring process for open positions with the State.  This post is a recap of the information shared in the presentation, for those who could not attend in person. (more…)

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CNC machines at Chips Manufacturing

Chips Manufacturing: Building Careers and Success in DuPage County

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When Ron Schlager knocked on the door of Chips Manufacturing in West Chicago on a hot day in August, little did he know what a good day it would turn out to be. Schlager is the Employer Outreach Supervisor for the DuPage County Workforce Development Division (WDD), and on that particular day he’d dropped off information about the various free business services offered by the WDD.

The next day, his phone rang. It was the owner of Chips Manufacturing, Jim Jett, excited about the ways the two organizations could work together. (more…)

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Mountain in the distance

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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