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

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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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Tips for Returning to the Workforce after a Long Break

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By Kathy McAuliffe

So you have been out of the workforce for the past 10 years.  Perhaps you were child-rearing, or tending to an ill family member who has now passed away.  Maybe you were serving in the armed forces, or running your own fishing boat business in the Bahamas.

Now you want to go back into the world of “work.”  If you approach it the right way, you can make it a less difficult and time-consuming process; however, it will take planning and preparation before you even start your job search.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you need to do to get ready for the plunge.

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How to Answer the Job Interview Question “Tell Me About Yourself”

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These days, an interview often starts with the question, “Tell me about yourself.” That shouldn’t be hard, right? After all, what subject do you know better than yourself?

Ah, but therein lies the problem with answering it: you know too much and can’t possibly share it all in an interview!

Read on to learn how you can successfully answer that important question. (more…)

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Guiding Cupid’s Arrows Toward Your Target Company

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, Career Counselor

Valentine’s Day can be polarizing. Some lean into the sweetness, while others find the pink-and-red everything to be a bit excessive. Regardless of how you feel, the quest for love shares many similarities with the job search. You have your own set of skills, experiences, and interests, and you’re trying to find a place where you can be appreciated. Whether that’s with another person or a company, it’s all about compatibility.

Read on to see how you can become your own Corporate Cupid, and make sure you’re giving your job search the TLC it deserves. (more…)

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