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Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 3:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:13 p.m. CDT

Seminars and workshops are available to all jobseekers and are free of charge at the McHenry County Workforce Network, 500 Russell Court, Woodstock. Seminars are not considered training by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. For more information, call 815-338-7100, email, or visit

• Résumé, portfolio, interview seminar, 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., April 2 and 16: 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. 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.

• Résumé critique: Personalized job search assistance services with a business professional. Sign up by sending an email directly to the person of your choice to arrange an appointment: Julie Baldwin at 1:30, 2:30 and 3 p.m., first and third Wednesdays, email; or Jim Pacholski at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, email

• Mock interview: One-hour sessions with Bonnie Zotos, 10 and 11 a.m., and noon, first and third Wednesdays, email One-hour sessions with Bruce Bennett, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, email

• Computer training: Basic computer skills seminar, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., April 17; beginning Microsoft Word, 10 a.m. to noon April 11; intermediate Microsoft Word, 1 to 3 p.m. April 8; basic Excel, 10 a.m. to noon April 8; basic Powerpoint, 10 a.m. to noon April 15; and effective presentation skills, 1 to 3 p.m. April 15.

• Career planning workshop, 10 a.m. to noon April 18: 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 find occupations related to your skills, interests and values.  • How to navigate your personal career path, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 16: Held at McHenry County College, Room B166-7. MCC and McHenry County Workforce Network will collaborate in this special program designed to help you discover a new career path that fits your background. Brown-bag friendly.

• Network to Success Job Club, 1 to 4 p.m. April 10,  Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry: “Celebrate Experience – The Mature Worker.” Learn about career planning, workplace changes, contract or freelance work, how to extend a career into retirement, and where you go from here, with Chris Nejdl, career adviser, McHenry County Workforce Network. Followed by “Job Search Techniques” with Jim Pacholski, consultant, and Linda Kasprzak, business services rep, McHenry County Workforce Network.

• Network to Success Job Club, 1 to 4 p.m. April 24,  Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry: Employer panel. A panel of representatives from McHenry County employers will disclose their tips and insights on how to be seen as a top candidate, from start to finish. Facilitator: Linda Kasprzak,

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