Planning your job search

Monday Motivation: Plan Your Work and Work Your Job Search Plan

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It’s Monday!  Yes!

Monday.  Time to get back to the job search after a great weekend.  You feel refreshed, restored and ready to go. A whole new week!  Five whole days to get stuff done and find your new job!

Sound familiar?  I thought not.

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Many of us, frankly, hate Mondays — or at least, Monday mornings.  Let’s face it: it’s not easy leaving behind the weekend and all it means: sleeping in, being with family or friends and feeling accepted; spending Saturday outside in the sunshine, enjoying weekend meals together, going to a great movie, reading a great book, having some down time — you know, all that stuff that we can enjoy on Saturday and Sunday that we don’t have time for during the week…

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April 2017 – Celebrating Information Technology Month in Illinois

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By Kathy McAuliffe

April 4, 2017

On January 26, 2017, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois proclaimed April 2017 as Information Technology Month in Illinois.  This information and a copy of the declaration were provided to the DuPage County Workforce Development Division by CompTIA, the world’s largest IT industry association, based in Downers Grove. CompTIA worked with Governor Rauner on preparation of this directive for several months.

The designation of April as IT Month in Illinois celebrates the important IT work being done in the state, and is also meant to encourage communities and schools to explore IT as a contributor to the economy and workforce, helping students to understand the growing opportunities in both technology and the workforce.

Rauner’s proclamation states that the IT industry contributes an estimated 5.3 percent annually to the Illinois economy, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and employs more than 234,000 individuals across Illinois at an average yearly salary of $95,062. It also states that the technology industry is projected to see an increase of more than 30,000 jobs by the year 2025, including new types of jobs that don’t yet exist, due to continuing technology development.

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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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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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