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I want a career which I can enjoy to the fullest. How do I find my niche?

This question is way more complicated than a simple answer over the internet can accomplish, but here are a few suggestions on how to get started.
• Clarify your skills, interests, needs and values so you can begin to focus your efforts. Then begin researching and exploring possibilities.
• Direct yourself toward a goal and implement a search strategy. There are many good books at the library that address the issue of passion. But for many, there may be more than one career path that will bring satisfaction and financial reward.

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How do I answer, during an interview or job application if I was fired from my job?

It is always difficult to be terminated from a position, and we are not always clear about the reasons. The first issue is to reconcile the reason for yourself, as you may or may not ever fully know the actual truth. Either way, as you approach your next interview, you must NEVER indicate any hard feelings about a past employer. Rule #1 in any interview situation is never to speak poorly about a previous employer or co-workers, as it will only reflect negatively about you.

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New Study Defines, Identifies Green Jobs in U.S.

July 13, 2011, By Julie Wernau, Tribune reporter
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-13/business/ct-biz-0713-bf-green-jobs-20110713_1_green-jobs-green-economy-traditional-jobs
Everywhere you turn, so-called green jobs are touted for their ability to pull the nation out of its economic slump. But what exactly is a green job? Is Chicago creating any? Do they pay? For the first time since the term was coined, someone has answers.
A seminal study to be released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution defines the term and has determined where such jobs exist. The report makes it possible for policymakers to see which industries are producing such jobs and where and how the clean economy is growing. . . .

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Walmart on Pace to Create 10,000 Jobs in Chicago by 2015

Retailer announces two new stores in underserved West Englewood community; Multi-format approach now includes Supercenter, Walmart Market & Walmart Express™


CHICAGO, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Walmart today announced two new Chicago stores that will help put the company well on its way to creating 10,000 jobs in the city by 2015. At an event on the site of a new store at 76th and South Ashland, Mayor Richard M. Daley and Ald. Latasha Thomas joined Walmart to share plans for new small and mid-size stores in the West Englewood community that will each provide local residents with another option for affordable groceries. West Englewood is in the heart of a food desert and one of Chicago's most underserved communities.


These new stores, combined with the company's existing projects, will create close to 1,000 new jobs and nearly 200 construction jobs putting Walmart on the path to meeting the goals outlined in its "Chicago Community Investment Partnership."


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Health IT Tops Jobs List For College Grads

Health IT jobs are expected to grow by 20%, or about 35,100 new jobs, for the decade 2008-2018, according to a UC San Diego study.


By Nicole Lewis InformationWeek
May 23, 2011 01:30 PM


A career in health information technology (IT) is the hottest vocation for college graduates in this challenging economy, according to a study from the University of California San Diego Extension.

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Illinois workNet has returned to Evanston!

Illinois workNet has partnered with the Evanston Public Library to offer on-site services for Job Seekers and an open computer lab with internet access.
The Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue, 3rd floor
Evanston, IL 60201
Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Open Computer Lab on Fridays 12:30pm to 6:00pm


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How do I qualify for unemployment insurance ?

How do I qualify for unemployment insurance ?


 


Go to the Illinois Department of Employment Security's pamphlet online: What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance

Choices for a High School Student

I am a junior in high school need some guidance and advice about which career I should choose.

Finding a Career Counselor

How do I go about choosing a career counselor that has a proven track record in helping individuals change careers? I am really struggling with many questions such as: Who am I? What is my purpose in life? What are my passions, and how can I apply them to a new career? I've come to the conclusion that I can't make these decisions all on my own. I've tried reading books on career change, but at this point, I believe serious coaching and networking is the best way for me to proceed. Should I expect to pay for these services?


 

I would like to make a resume. How can I start?

I would like to make a resume. How can I start?

 

I'm glad that you are asking how to write a resume. As well as being an essential element of the job hunt, resume writing can be a very affirming exercise, providing as it does an opportunity to raise your awareness of your knowledge and many strengths, abilities, values, and interests. I would be happy to provide you with a very general overview of the resume writing process, as well as some resources to assist you with this process.

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