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How to Job Hunt Like a Pro

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Get their attention and stand out from the rest. These job search practices can help you increase your chances of getting hired:

1. Set up your voicemail greeting. Personalize your voicemail to help HR professionals know they’ve reached the right person. Use a friendly, professional greeting that includes your name.

2. Create a business card. Consider investing in business cards. They make sharing your contact information easy. (And a business card is more professional than writing your info down on a napkin.)

It’s also easier to network with business cards on hand. You can use an all-purpose business card with your name, contact number, email address and LinkedIn profile URL. You may want to use a broader occupational title instead of a specific job title (unless your skills and knowledge are in a very specific niche).

3. Coach your references. After you’ve asked your colleagues or mentors to be references, remember to stay in touch with them, especially when you’re in the final stages of the interview process.

You can give them a heads-up by sending them an email that details the job posting. Include all the skills the job requires, as well as the job description. Your references will appreciate your effort and professionalism.

4. Respond to inquiries as soon as possible. Reply to emails quickly and prove that you’re responsible enough to send a message back. Responding with a short acknowledgement email is better than not getting a reply at all.

5. Follow up with a thank-you note. After a networking exchange, send a thank-you note in appreciation of the person’s effort to meet with you. (This is important, especially if the person went out of his or her way just to meet you.) Thank-you notes at any point in a job search are a great way to express your gratitude.

6. Update your network. After getting a job, don’t forget to close the loop with all the contacts you’ve made during your job search process. Thank them for their assistance and keep in touch with them, especially if they need help. Doing this will build strong relationships as you continue to reach your career goals.

Job hunting is competitive, and the smallest kind and professional gestures can make a big difference in your search.


The law prohibits employers from inquiring into a candidate’s or employee’s credit history or obtaining a credit history report:


Employment Decisions and Credit History

As many Chicago businesses look to increase hiring in the new year, it is important to keep in mind that both the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and Illinois state law prohibit employers in most circumstances from using a candidate’s or employee’s credit history or other credit information as a factor in any employment decision (i.e. hiring, firing, changing terms of employment, etc.). With limited exceptions, the law prohibits employers from inquiring into a candidate’s or employee’s credit history or obtaining a credit history report from a consumer reporting agency. Employers engaged in the hiring process should be mindful of the types of inquiries that could turn the search for the ideal candidate into a discriminatory scenario, exposing them to liability under the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance. Further information can be found at CCHR.


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State Representative La Shawn K. Ford

Retail Associate Job Opening
The Retail Associate is responsible for ensuring our customers have a positive shopping experience. The Associate must actively strive to create a customer-focused shopping environment. The Associate welcomes customers with a friendly greeting and eye contact, ensures proper merchandise presentation, operates the cash register in accordance with policies and procedures, maintains a clean work area at all times and treats fellow associates with courtesy and respect. The Associate also provides customer service according to all Ross customer service guidelines.
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Dollar Tree Retail Careers
As we continue to grow our business and look for fresh, new ideas and concepts to develop, we’re always looking for people with the drive, imagination, and intelligence to help us continue our success. Do you have what it takes to join the Dollar Tree team?
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Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.



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Open and Active Job Opportunities
Attached is a list of employment opportunities Open and Active Jobs that are available to all eligible Chicago area residents.

For more information on any of these opportunities, please call 773-538-5627.

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Open and Active Job Opportunities

Senior Employment Opportunities

Are you a senior looking for work? Do you know a senior that is looking for work? If so, this may be valuable information for you.

CAPS is hosting Orientations any Monday in March 2017
CAPs at Cottage Grove
8455 S Cottage Grove

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Senior Employment Program

Please Alderman Michelle A. Harris’ Community Calendar Frequently for upcoming Job Fairs….
Please Visit Alderman Michelle A. Harris’ Community Calendar Frequently for upcoming Job Fairs….

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Careers At YWCA Chicago

Current job opportunities are posted here as they become available.



Department: Economic Empowerment
Location: Chicago, IL


As an EMPOWERMENT COACH for the Economic Empowerment Institute, administered by the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, you will be responsible for providing guidance and direction to clients as they unleash their purpose and potential in identifying and pursuing sustainable career pathways that provide economic and quality-of-life advancements. The person in this position provides coaching, professional development and empowerment plans that help clients identify their motivators, strengths, competencies, job readiness needs, potential career challenges and available community support. The Empowerment Coach is a full-time, exempt position, reporting directly to the Director of Economic Empowerment Services, located at the YWCA Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center, 6600 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.

This is a compelling opportunity for someone who has a Bachelor’s degree in vocational counseling, social services, sociology, psychology or a related field, with a minimum of one to three years of experience in vocational counseling, along with strong relationship-building skills. Identifying strategic solutions and developing creative empowerment plans to support the achievement of clients’ career goals and objectives is also a key responsibility in this position. It’s ideal for someone who wants to fulfill on their purpose, while making a meaningful difference for clients in enhancing their economic sustainability and quality of life. The YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is committed to supporting team members in advancing their careers in a 21st Century, business-savvy, social enterprise dedicated to its mission of “Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.”


  • Assist clients in creating and implementing career empowerment plans that incorporate coaching tools in the assessments of motivators, strengths, competencies, job readiness needs, potential challenges, community support, etc.
  • Identify strategic solutions and develop action plans to fill in the gaps between the plan objectives and current capacities
  • Establish specific, measurable, attainable plan results and a timeline for their achievement
  • Engage in program-sponsored and donor-related events to expand diversity and numbers of potential clients served
  • Produce monthly reports that document all direct service activities and outcomes
  • Understand the required elements to deliver a state-of-the-art, strengths-based coaching model
  • Engage in continuous learning to enhance coaching skills and up-to-date awareness of career opportunities and community needs


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (human services, vocational counseling, sociology, social services, psychology, etc.) or equivalent training and experience
  • One – three years of experience in providing vocational coaching/case management services
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills
  • Keen project planning and organizing skills, with an ability to support people being accountable for results
  • Initiative driven, with insightful, creative, solutions-oriented problem solving skills
  • Adept at giving and receiving developmental feedback, with keen listening abilities



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Employment Opportunities
Open and Available Job Orders

Click here for a list of employment opportunities that are available to all eligible Chicago area residents.

For more information on any of these opportunities, please call 773-538-5627.

Contractor bids are open for the CRRC Railcar Assembly Plant!
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Cook County Health and Hospital Systems has several openings available.

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