Friday, November 16, 2012
At Boot Camp for Job Seekers, the village, library and the business community joined forces to hit unemployment with all the gusto it can.
At Boot Camp for Job Seekers, human resource coaches assembled their forces in the quiet of the New Lenox Public Library. From that strategic location, they worked with job seekers to identify the enemy—poor resumes, awkward cover letters, fear of job interviews and lack of preparation for today's market. Armed with the kind of ammunition it takes to overcome joblessness, the team of human resource coaches swooped in barely noticed by the patrons who were there to select books, conduct research or study. For three hours Nov. 14, the coaches worked one-on-one with job seekers desperate to abandon the ranks of the unemployed. Boot Camp for Job Seekers is the brainchild of Village Economic Development Director Nancy Hoehn, who previously …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A Job Fair Boot Camp was born out of the ShareFest 2012 Job Fair program last month at village hall.
Job Fair Boot Camp is born. The need for intense work force development finds an answer in government and business partnerships.
Having analyzed the results of the ShareFest 2012 Job Fair, which drew a crowd of more than 400 last month at Village Hall, village staff and others asked themselves how they could grow the program into something bigger? Nancy Hoehn, village economic development director, told Patch that there is an ongoing need to assist job seekers. Together with Kate Hall, director of the New Lenox Public Library, and the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce, and others who helped to coordinate the ShareFest 2012 Job Fair, a concerted effort is planned for sometime in November or December. The parameters of the program are still in the works, said Hoehn. What's certain though is an immediate need to for individualized assistance in resume writing. "What worked…
Monday, September 10, 2012
ShareFest Job Fair and breakout sessions helped a heft crowd of job seekers.
The ShareFest 2012 Job Fair held Friday at New Lenox Village Hall drew a hefty crowd that was invited to participate in the three-part program designed to land the job. Organized by Nancy Hoehn, village economic development director, and Debbie Smetana, director of human resources for the village, took their job seriously when it came to running a successful job fair. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., job seekers streamed through doors to participate in the three-pronged features of the job fair: Michele Jakubowski, executive coach at Kensington International, an Oak Brook-based talent management corporation, shared the secret of interview preparedness. First and foremost, she told a group of about 20 attendees to keep in mind that the interview is a…