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Fall 2014 Workshops and Events

Kickstart Your Future: Intro to Oakton's Online Job Board
Looking for a job outside of Oakton? Interested in connecting with a local employer or business? Learn how to register, search job postings, upload your resume, and create a portfolio. Taking advantage of this online resource should be the first step in your job search!

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Student Street across from the Cafeteria on the Des Plaines Campus on October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 4, November 12, November 19, November 26, December 3, December 9, and December 17.

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.
October 30, November13 & 20, December 4 & 11
11 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
You will receive a copy of the recorded interview.
Dress as if this mock interview is real.

Exploring Your College Major Workshop
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 14, 1 p.m., Skokie Campus, Room P235
Thursday, November 6, 10:30 a.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 2629

Resume Writing 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.

Tuesday, September 16, 1 p.m., Skokie Campus, Room C110
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 2537

Writing Resumes in the USA (for the non native job seeker)
Conducting a job search in the USA is very different from other countries.  For starters, a resume is required.  What is a resume, what kind of information should you include, and how is the resume used in the job search?  Non native job seekers will also learn how to handle education and work experience obtained outside the USA.

Thursday, September 11, 10:30 a.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1625
Tuesday, October 7, 2 p.m., Skokie Campus, Room C112

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!

Tuesday, September 16, 5 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1607
Thursday, November 20, 2 p.m., Skokie Campus, Room C110

Writing Effective Cover Letters
Do employers read cover letters?  What should I include to increase my chances of getting an interview?  Is it OK to write a standard cover letter and use it every time I apply for a job?  Get the answers to these questions and many others about how to be as effective as possible in your job search.

Thursday, October 30, 10:30 a.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 1625
Tuesday, December 2, 1 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 2535

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 30, 1 p.m., Skokie Campus, Room P235
Thursday, October 9, 10:30 a.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 2629
Tuesday, November 18, 2:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 2631

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 21, 1 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 2625
Tuesday, November 4, 2 p.m., Skokie Campus, Room P235

Etiquette for Your Professional Life
Do you know how Bill Gates makes his final decision on a job candidate? He takes them to lunch! Join us for an enlightening workshop on professional etiquette which will address how to be successful in an interview or business lunch. We will also cover dressing for success, social media do’s and don’ts and the art of small talk.

Thursday, October 16, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines Campus, Room 2547
Tuesday, November 25, 1 p.m., Skokie Campus, Room C110

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

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

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

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

By Appointment