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 http://www.mppl.org/research/careers.html and is updated often. Please call or visit the Reference Desk should you need assistance accessing this information or retrieving the article.
News from the Reference Desk
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.
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.
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
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 http://www.sainthubert.org..
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.
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 www.ged-i.org to register – classes start in early February.
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.
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 http://www.mppl.org/events/, 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.