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News from the Reference Desk

Credible job sites

The Chicago Tribune published an article recently, "Scammer profiting on woes of the jobless". The article addresses what to be watchful of when selecting which Web sites to post your resume to or submit an application to.  The Library's listing of suggested job sites and other job-search information is available at and is updated often.   Please call or visit the Reference Desk should you need assistance accessing this information or retrieving the article.

By MPPL on February 17, 2010 Categories: Education, Jobs

Job Fairs

Harper College is hosting a Job Fair soon:  Friday 3/12/10 at 11a-3p.  It is free and open to the public at the Wellness and Sports Center Lower Level.  Another community event, Prepare for the Job Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, 3/3/10 at 5:30p-8p in the Wojcik Conference Center

Remember that job fairs are also posted monthly at the workNet site.

By MPPL on February 15, 2010 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Interview Questions

The Library has plenty of materials to help prepare you for the interview, along with sample questions you may be faced with, and questions you may want to ask of a potential employer.  However, Glassdoor offers a unique list of the Top Oddball Interview Questions.  The most unexpected knowledge may eventually serve a purpose.

By MPPL on February 10, 2010 Categories: Employment, Jobs

More Job Networking

Successful job networking is a key in finding employment opportunities.  The Office of Career Services at Roosevelt University has gathered a list of some recommended community networking groups: Download Networking Lists.

Another helpful networking group you may want to look into is called the Gray Hair Management. This networking groups meets at various locations during the month. A library patron has kindly shared a list of some upcoming events in the Chicagoland area for February.

2/11/10:Chicago – GHM / Union League networking - 7:00 AM

2/17/10: Oakbrook –  GHM Dinner Networking – 6:30 PM

2/24/10: Northbrook – GHM Mission Hills Breakfast – 7:30 AM

By MPPL on February 3, 2010 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Job Networking

The Library posts individual sessions offered by the St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry on resume review and job preparation on our job and career board, located near the Reference Desk.  The Ministry meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00-9:15 p.m. at the St. Hubert’s Parish Ministry Center, 729 Grand Canyon Street in Hoffman Estates.  Call 847-885-7700 or visit 

If you are new to networking or would like information on the tools used in networking, please join the meeting before their general meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month.  

By MPPL on January 21, 2010 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Improve skills to increase job opportunities

Free classes to improve adult basic math, reading, and writing are available through the Community Education program/Township H.S. District 214.  Preparation for the GED is also offered.  Please contact Barb Sabaj at 847-718-7798 or visit to register – classes start in early February.

By MPPL on January 20, 2010 Categories: Education, Employment, Jobs

Glassdoor's 50 Best Places to Work

Glassdoor's annual list of Best Places to Work is now available. This is the "Employees' Choice" of workplace awards as the winners were selected by the nearly 75,000 employees that completed a company review on Glassdoor during 2009.

By MPPL on January 12, 2010 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Local Career Events

The Daily Herald will host a Career Event on Thursday (Nov. 12) at The Meadows Club (2950 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows.)  The Job Fair runs from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. with a free seminar, "Interviewing Skills for the Savvy Candidate," at 10 a.m.  For more info, go to .
Dist. 214 will hold a career night featuring engineering, industrial technology, business, and computer opportunities on Thursday (Nov. 12) at Hersey High School (1900 E. Thomas St., AH) from 6:30 – 9 p.m.
By MPPL on November 6, 2009 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Small Businesses: Illinois Continuation Law and Health Care

Not all terminated employees are eligible for COBRA, as they may have worked for a small company which employs 20 staff persons or less.  The Illinois Continuation Law outlines what type of coverage may be available in this circumstance, as well as the Illinois Spousal Continuation Law, the Illinois Dependent Child Continuation Law and the federal continuation requirements under COBRA.

By MPPL on September 18, 2009 Categories: Employment, Health Care Reform, Insurance, Jobs

Resume Workshop/Webinar on Wed., 9/30/09 at 12n

Learn how to create a targeted, compelling resume at a free Webinar (Web-based seminar) presented by Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers. Safani has over fifteen years of experience in career management, recruiting, executive coaching, and organizational development. This Webinar will show you how to write an effective resume that gets attention—and interviews – and introduce you to all of the career resources available through the Library’s Adult Career Center, a free online resource.

Librarians Steven James Browne and Patricia Smolin will be your hosts for this program, which will include time for questions. Registration is required and space is limited.

Please sign up on the Internet at, at the Library, or by calling 847-253-5675 (TDD 847-590-3797).  The Library requires at least a one-week notice if special accommodation are needed.

By MPPL on September 5, 2009 Categories: Employment, Jobs