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Fall 2015 Workshops and Events

Interview Practice Makes Perfect
Don’t blow the interview for the job you really want, make your blunders in a mock interview. Mock interviews replicate interviews that you may expect from a potential employer.  A mock interview will not only help you perfect your technique, but it will also allow you to get valuable feedback and coaching on your performance. Practice is the key to success. Schedule an appointment to have a 30-minute recorded mock interview accompanied by a 30 minute debriefing with Ella Whitehead, Oakton’s Job Developer.

Contact Ella Whitehead at 847-635-2658 or
An appointment is required.
You will receive a copy of the recorded interview.
Dress as if this mock interview is real.

Exploring Your College Major
Eighty percent of students enter college without a major, and 50 percent of those who declare a major end up changing it at least once.  Complete the College Major Scorecard in this Career Services’ workshop.  Discover work activities associated with college majors and begin making a connection between your interests, your choice of major and your future career options.

Tuesday, October 27, 1:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1837 Canceled
Thursday, November 12, 10:30 a.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1836

Writing Resumes for the 21st Century
Do you know what the first step is in getting an interview?  Effectively marketing yourself on your resume is probably the most important first step.  Join us for a lively resume writing workshop which will cover how to successfully market your accomplishments on your resume to get your foot in the door for an interview.

Wednesday, October 14, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1746
Tuesday, November 3, 10:30 a.m., Skokie Campus, Room P234

How to Make Yourself Marketable in Your Major
You’re earning your degree but what else should you be doing to make yourself attractive to employers?  Learn what skills and characteristics employers want and how to gain experience related to your major.  There are many experiences you can pursue right now while earning your degree!

Thursday, October 8, 10:30 a.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1746
Monday, November 16, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1746

Using LinkedIn to Improve Your Job Search
Recruiters tell us they are using LinkedIn as a primary resource to find candidates for open positions.  Learn about setting up a profile, privacy settings and ways to use LinkedIn to make connections in your field, research companies and find jobs.  Understand how employers evaluate your online presence and actions you can take to make a positive impression.

Tuesday, September 23, 9:30 a.m., Skokie Campus, Room P235
Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1746

Salary Negotiation Strategies
You've been offered the job!  But what about the money?  Learn the art of salary negotiation before you start talking pay with a prospective employer. Make sure to earn what you are worth.

Thursday, October 22, 9:30 a.m., Skokie Campus, Room P234/P235
Tuesday, November 10, 2 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1831

What's That Career About Anyway?
We hear of wonderful majors and job titles everyday.  But how do you seriously consider a major or job title that you know very little about?  In this workshop, participants will learn how to use career guidance software to research job descriptions, outlook and salaries, training, and additional resources for many areas of the world of work.

Tuesday, October  20, 2:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1836
Thursday, November 5, 10:30 a.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1836

Workshops are FREE.  Registration is Required.

Photograph of Career Services Sign

Des Plaines campus
Career Services
Room 1740
1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* The College is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer (late May through mid-August.)

Skokie campus
Enrollment Center
Room A100
7701 N. Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, Illinois 60077

By Appointment