Quantcast

Workshop offers help finding jobs in down economy

The Youth Job Center of Evanston has launched a series of summer jobs workshops.

Starbucks manager Jose Leon listens as YJC board member Marcia Mead-Stillerman offers advice at the workshop.

The Youth Job Center of Evanston has launched a series of summer jobs workshops.

Starbucks manager Jose Leon listens as YJC board member Marcia Mead-Stillerman offers advice at the workshop.

Panelists at the June 8 session at the Evanston Public Library advised more than 30 job seekers on how to pursue work amidst the difficulties of the current job market.

They gave guidance on how to make or break an interview, and offered tips for how to sell yourself, your skills and your experience to an employer.

Panelists included Marcia Mead-Stillerman, a human resource professional and YJC board member; Jose Leon, manager of Starbucks on Sherman Avenue; Mo Schultz, a YJC employment counselor; and Jordan Burghardt, the YJC’s employment outreach coordinator. The information was an important jump start for eager job seekers and those who have already been searching.

Burghardt explained that though the May jobs report lacked the employment boost many had hoped for, there is still reason for optimism.

“According to the 2010 Manpower Employment Survey, this region (Chicago-Naperville-Joliet) has the sixth strongest employment outlook in the nation,” Burghardt said. “We want our job seekers to know that and feel confident that there really are jobs available for those who are equipped with the skills to find them.”

A recent study by outplacement company Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc., suggested that summer jobs are available, but teen job seekers in particular need to look in nontraditional places. The study identified jobs not conventionally held by teenagers, such as office and administration support, or building and grounds maintenance, as areas to pursue. YJC Job Coach Mo Schultz expanded on these ideas and offered tangible tips for a successful interview. She emphasized the importance for young people to take responsibility for their own employment search.

“Learning important job training tools, like how to write a resume, where to search strategically, and how to market yourself in an interview is critical for young job seekers right now because it gives them the edge they need to find the employment they want,” Schultz said. “We’re glad to be able to provide young people with access to this information and give them support.”

The Youth Job Center of Evanston prepares youth ages 14-25 for success in the workplace through job-readiness, placement and employment support in partnership with employers.

At the next workshop, on July 13, presenters will discuss how to prepare for jobs in high-growth industries. An August workshop will cover how to expunge a criminal record.

Editors’ Picks