Getting noticed in a competitive job market might seem impossible. But with training from the Youth Job Center of Evanston’s Summer Employment Series, job seekers can find success in their job searches, even in a down economy.
The Summer Employment Series begins Tuesday, June 28, with a workshop called “Web Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media.” The workshop will be held at the Evanston Public Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“So many young adult jobseekers put information up on Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace and don’t think it will have an effect on their job opportunities,” says Employment Outreach Coordinator Jordan Burghardt.
“In today’s economy, it’s not just what you bring to the interview that matters, you have to sell the whole package, and that includes your online presence,” she added. “Gilbert Godfried got fired from being the voice of the Aflac duck for comments he made about the Japanese earthquake on Twitter. You can never be too careful – it can happen to you too.”
Additional SES workshops will follow in July and August. All SES workshops are free and open to all ages.
The Youth Job Center is a nonprofit agency in Evanston that assists job seekers ages 14-25 in finding employment. The YJC also works with employers to help them meet their staffing needs by referring applicants who are trained in basic job skills and ready to get to work.