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.

Fall 2013 Workshop Descriptions:

"Be Resume Ready: Resume and Cover Letter Tips"

This workshop will focus on best practices for resume and cover letter writing. The presenter will review different styles and types, highlight various components of resumes and provide tips and guidance for making your resume stand out. The workshop is designed for anyone wanting to build a new resume, revise an old one, or start from scratch. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop. 


"Career Exploration and Self Directed Search"

Based on the Holland Theory of Career Clusters, this two-part session will assist participants in identifying key careers through a comparison of interests with people employed in various occupations. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop.

The following steps should be completed to register for this session:

  • Career Services will issue a testing slip to each participant
  • Take testing slip to the COD Testing Center in BIC 2405 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. 


"Culinary and Hospitality Internship Preparation Workshop"

This session is required for all culinary and hospitality students prior to their internship start date. The workshop is designed to maximize the experience and prepare the student for the internship experience.


"Disability Disclosure Workshop" 

This workshop will assist individuals with disabilities to make an informed decision regarding the process of disclosing a disability to an employer. The workshop will provide insight into the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and the applicant along with scenarios for potential disclosure. Individuals without a disability and/or family members of a person with a disability are welcome. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop. 


"I Applied Online and All I Hear Are Crickets! Now What?"

Have you ever felt like your submitted resumes go into a deep, dark hole never to be seen again? This workshop will introduce Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and provide insight to the application process. Who gets the resume, what they do with it, how it is evaluated and what happens next will be presented. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop. 


"Internship Search Workshop"

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. Students should consult the Internship Search Workshop schedule for a day and time that works best with their schedule. Registration ahead of time is encouraged. 


"LinkedIn 101: Get Linked!"

The number one way to find a new position is through networking... Are you LinkedIn? 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 are encouraged to bring a copy of an existing resume to this session. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop.


"LinkedIn Advanced: Be Linked!"

Are you networking for your next position? Be LinkedIn to your professional community! This workshop is for those who have a current LinkedIn profile and are ready to improve and use it effectively in the job search. Participants will learn how to engage the power of online professional networking through use of the Groups, Jobs, Companies and the University functions within LinkedIn. This workshop will expand on ways to secure professional recommendations and to best utilize LinkedIn to increase the chances of landing a job. Attendees will also learn effective strategies for growing their network of connections. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop.


"Resume Review Drop-In"

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. 


"Seal the Deal: Successful Interview Strategies"

Believe it or not, interviews can actually be fun! A successful interview involves preparation, self reflection and execution of strategy. This session will introduce what to expect in an interview, how to prepare and tips for sealing the deal on your interview. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop. 


  "What's Your Brand? Self-Branding for a Successful Job Search"

 A personal brand is a marketing strategy to distinctively identify and sell your skills and abilities. Creating this involves intentional decision making and a cohesive approach to how you present yourself in all facets. This workshop will explore personal branding, how to develop a personal brand and its critical importance in the job search process. Please see workshop schedules for dates and times of workshop.


Contact Information

Career Services
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258
(630) 942-2230
FAX (630) 858-9394

Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.