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Diagnosed with a serious illiness? What should you tell an employer?

Disclosing MS on the Job: A Tool to Help You Consider Your Options by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
"The decision to disclose personal medical information in the workplace is a complex one, requiring careful thought and planning. Although there may be good reasons to disclose medical information and very specific benefits to doing so, any decision you make today has immediate and long-term implications for your employment that need to be considered. So it’s important to weigh your options carefully before making a decision to disclose — keeping in mind that once information is given, it can never be taken back." Go to this website and use the MS Society's "Dislosure Tool" to help you with the decision process.
For more discussion on this topic, you may want to check out the following websites:
Coping with Serious Illness in the Workplace: Working Women with Breast Cancer
How to Handle a Chronic Illness at Work by WebMD
Whether it's epilepsy or peanut allergies here are some tips on who to tell, what your employer needs to know, and what people should do in case of an emergency.
Mental Illness and the Workplace by Reintegration.com
Fact: 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide are mental illnesses.
Mental Illness in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities by PsychCentral.com

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Finding a Niche

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

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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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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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Masters in Counseling

I recently graduated with my masters degree in counseling and human services from a local University. Although I am not a LCPC yet, I would like to know what kind of career or field should I be looking for and what salary should I be asking for?

I'm not sure I have answers for you, but I do have lots of questions! What kind of career do you want? What areas are you interested in? What areas do you have skills in? Where do your skills and experience fit into the needs of the workplace? These are all issues you need to explore.

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