September 20, 2015 Richard Oberbruner

Richard gave a dynamic presentation on using Improv in the job search.  With wit and wisdom, he gave concrete examples of applying the five elements of improv to the job search.   Through audience participation activities he showed us how to "take your job search seriously but take yourself lightly."   He gave us several practical answers and approaches to the tough questions interviewers are asking in today's environment.  

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May 17, 2015  Helen Lavan, PhD

Helen is a Professor of Management ad DePaul University, where she teaches Human Resource Management and Life and Career Planning courses. She has assisted in the development of hundreds of resumes, which have led to multiple interviews for job seekers. She has also made numerous presentations on resume development, assessments, interviewing, and job search strategies for the unemployed. She is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Illinois.

March 15, 2015  Robert F. Sherlock

Robert is President of Marketwerks, a consulting firm that researches  markets and finds growth opportunities.  His talk "Finding the Company that Needs you"  will help you conduct a self-assessment and use that and information resources to identify companies that might need you.

November 16, 2014  Elliott Esparza

Elliott gave us an in-depth description of the Workplace Investment Act (WIA).  WIA is a federally-funded job training program that provides  funding for critical skills for individuals between jobs.  Elliott is the Employment Services Manager at Microtrain and can be reached at or 630-981-0217.  You can see his presentation below.

January 18, 2015  Rick Wescott

Rick is a recent graduate of the Career Renewal program.  He recently landed after a short search.  Rick shared with us his "90 Day Plan -The Key to Getting an Offer".  You can access his PowerPoint Presentation below.

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