Chaparral Career Advantage Workshops
The following Chaparral Career Advantage workshops are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to all students, community and alumni. Please note that all workshops require registration in advance. Questions can be directed to Career Services at (630) 942-2230.
Career Advantage Workshop Descriptions:
- Career Exploration (SDS)
- InstaBrand Your Career
- Internship Search Workshop
- LinkedIn 101
- LinkedIn Advanced
- Resume Review Drop-In
- Robots Ready My Resume? Seriously?
- Salary Negotiation
- Successful Interview Strategies
- Workforce Insight for Individuals with Disabilities
A resume is never perfect nor finished and a major challenge is there is "no" one standard resume. The end goal is to feel confident with the document you send. Tailoring, proofreading, and appropriate formatting are all essential components to capture and maintain the attention of hiring managers. This workshop will focus on best practices for resume and cover letter writing. Various types of resumes will be reviewed along with how to highlight essential components. In addition, tips and guidance for making your resume stand out will be provided. Those with or without a resume are encouraged to attend. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
Unsure what career to choose or what to pursue academically? Looking to make a career change but don't know where to begin? This workshop may be for you. Attendees interested in this workshop are advised to schedule an appointment with a Career Specialist to learn about workshop preparation.
The Self-Directed Search is based on Holland's Occupation Theory and is a guide to educational and career planning. It is the most widely used career interest inventory in the world. The Self-Directed Search is just a starting point for research and understanding of what career options are out there for participants to further investigate for themselves. It is based on the theory that people can be loosely classified into six different personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. The SDS assessment will generate a three letter code for each participant that corresponds to the themes above. A guidebook of career suggestions will be given to workshop participants that match occupations to their three letter SDS results. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session. Space is limited.
The following steps must be completed to successfully register for this session:
- Visit the Career Services Center to receive a testing slip
- Take the testing slip to the COD Specialized Testing office in BIC 2407 and complete the Self Directed Search prior to your scheduled workshop. The assessment should take approximately 30 minutes to complete and the cost is $5.
- Test results and interpretation will be distributed at your scheduled workshop.
Ever wonder how you can get employers to learn more about you beyond sending a resume and application? Social media may be your answer. Just as job seekers research companies, employers research candidates. This workshop will discuss the big "3" social media outlets such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Topics include a summary of each social media site, advantages for the job search, and strategies for visibility. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
Experience is a top factor when considering candidates for a position. Students are encouraged to obtain experience within their field of study to not only "test the waters" but to bring value when applying for a job. Students with an internship are more likely to be hired by an employer than without. Students who need assistance with the internship search process are encouraged to register for and attend this workshop. These sessions are designed to provide students with the tools necessary to find and secure an internship. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
This workshop will introduce LinkedIn, a professional networking social media site to job seekers and students, who may be in the beginning stages of creating their LinkedIn profile. Participants will learn how to create a professional LinkedIn profile based on their resume, how to connect and network with other professionals, and learn the ways LinkedIn differs from other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Attendees are not required to have a profile at the time of the workshop and those that have a current profile are welcome to attend. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
If you're familiar with navigating LinkedIn and have a current profile, this workshop is for you. We will discuss how to effectively use one's LinkedIn profile in the job search. Participants will learn how to engage the power of online professional networking through use of the Groups, Jobs, Company pages, and the University functions within LinkedIn. A Career Services Professional will also expand on ways to secure professional recommendations and to best utilize LinkedIn to increase employer awareness and attention. Attendees will also learn effective strategies for growing their network of connections. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
The Career Services Center will provide drop-in hours for students, alumni or community members to have a brief resume reviewed by a professional staff member. Review sessions will be approximately 10 minutes in length and individuals will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
Ever applied for a job and all you received was silence?? What happens to my documents after I hit send? This workshop will discuss (from the employer perspective) what happens after a job seeker sends in their application and documents. Participants will learn essential pieces of the application process. In addition, participants will learn what it means to "tailor" your resume and how to do so. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
You have landed the interview and gotten the job offer! Where do you find salary information to start your negotiating process? Do you know the best time to talk about the salary? How do you negotiate to land your strongest offer? This workshop will focus on the negotiating process. Research is an important component to the process and databases with salary information will be demonstrated and discussed during this workshop. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
After all this time applying you've finally gotten a call for an interview. Wait a minute...I spent all that time on my resume and still have another step? Believe it or not, it's not your resume that gets you the job. Your interview is where to "seal the deal." Interviews can be fun and a great learning experience with the appropriate preparation. A successful interview requires confidence and a clear understanding of how they can fit in with the company. This session will introduce what to expect in an interview, how to prepare, and tips to portray your best professional self during the interview. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
The job search process and/or holding a job while having a disability may be challenging. This workshop is for individuals with or without a disability seeking guidance for how to approach the workforce. Strategies for disability disclosure (if necessary) and information regarding the Self-ID process under changes to section 503 of the Rehab Act will be discussed. How one manages their individual disability is unique to each person. This workshop will not tell participants if, when, or how to disclose but will provide information to help each individual make an informed decision. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258
FAX (630) 858-9394
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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