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Workforce Network lists career workshops for March

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Career workshops and services are offered by the McHenry County Workforce Network, 500 Russel Court, Woodstock.

The seminars and workshops are available to all jobseekers and are free of charge. Seminars are not considered “training” by IDES. To reserve your space in a seminar or workshop, call 815-338-7100, ext. 203.

• Getting started with MS Word 2007, noon to 3 p.m., March 11: Become familiar with the tool bar and learn how to use font, paragraph, page setup, and proofing to create résumé and thank-you letters. Reservations for this seminar are highly recommended.

• So you think you’ve got talent?, 10 a.m. to noon, March 12: You have much more talent than you may realize. Join this workshop on how to highlight valuable transferable skills in your résumés and interviews to impress future employers.

• Beginning Excel seminar, 10 a.m. to noon, March 14: Learn how to get started with Excel 2007, enter data/formulas, create and customize a spreadsheet and organize data using columns/rows/cells. Reservations are advised for one of only eight computer stations.

• Résumé/portfolio/interview seminar, 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 19: Learn what information belongs in your résumé. Topics include the difference between a chronological and functional résumé, cover letter writing, and how to email a résumé.Learn how to develop a portfolio and showcase it in an interview, and learn the fundamentals of interview preparation. Discover how to research companies, dress for the interview, manage body language, and handle tough questions plus negotiate salary and do effective follow up.

• Basic computer skills seminar, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., March 20: A hands-on workshop for people with little experience in using a computer. Learn how to handle a mouse, create documents, set up an email account, and access the Internet. Reserve a seat for one of only eight computer stations.

• Career planning workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, March 21: Effective career planning basics will give you “direction” for your future and help you make the most of changes in the workplace. Learn about online resources such as Illinois workNet to discover occupations related to your skills, interests and values using career assessments. Get familiar with research tools such as U.S. Labor Market information.

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