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Workforce Center sets January workshop schedule

12/20/2017, 11:47 a.m.
The Workforce Center of Will County January schedule, which includes workshops offered by the Workforce Services Division of Will County, ...

The Workforce Center of Will County January schedule, which includes workshops offered by the Workforce Services Division of Will County, Illinois Department of Employment Security and Joliet Junior College, has been released.

The January schedule includes a new workshop, PowerPoint basics. Susan Flessner, manager of the WCWC, said the new offering will teach job seekers how to create a professional presentation for use in an interview and is offered in response to customer requests. It will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29.

“The WCWC is truly a one-stop center for Will County residents who are seeking employment assistance,” said Flessner. “Through all of these agencies, residents can access many different job search programs, hone their job skills, and learn about additional training opportunities.”

Career Cafe will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16 and 23. Career Cafe is a networking event designed to connect people looking for work. In addition to sharing tips with other job seekers and learning job search techniques, participants will hear from guest speakers sharing their hiring expertise. To reserve a seat at Career Cafe, call (815) 727-5679.

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 2, 9 and 30, IDES will present Illinois JobLink, a workshop teaching users how to register on Illinois JobLink by creating and uploading resumes to the site, with tips on how to get the most views from employers. Also on the agenda will be how to search for jobs on the site and how to complete a work search record.

A workshop on Microsoft Word will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, and 10:30 Thursdays, Jan. 11, and 25. The basics of how to use Microsoft Word in a job search and in creating a professional looking resume and cover letter will be taught. Basic Microsoft Excel will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 4 and 18, and 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.

Job Readiness gives participants an overview of resources for job seekers, including networking, completing applications, resumes, interviewing and Illinois JobLink. It will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 3 and 17.

Math Review will be offered at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. A review of basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages and integers will be covered.

Standout Resumes will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5. Participants may then schedule one-on-one resume reviews with WSD staff.

Participants will learn job interviewing techniques at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10, in Successful Interviewing. Learn how to prepare for a job interview, be confident and make a positive impression. Attendees may schedule an individual, digitally recorded mock interview after completing the workshop.

LinkedIn Lab, which will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, will help job seekers make the most of their basic LinkedIn accounts. Participants may either set up a basic account ahead of time or staff will help them set one up during the workshop.

Networking Workshop will help job seekers learn how to develop relationships and contacts with relatives, friends and acquaintances that can assist with the job search. This class also shows how social media fits in with networking for employment. The workshop will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19.