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Job fairs: A good way to discover career opportunities in the new year

Job fairs are a good place for job seekers to learn more about career opportunities.
Job fairs are a good place for job seekers to learn more about career opportunities.
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With the start of a new year, many people resolve to make changes in their lives. Sometimes, a job change is one of those resolutions. Likewise, students that graduated from college at the end of the fall semester will be looking for work in their chosen field of study.

Job fairs offer people the opportunity to explore other places of employment outside of the typical job interview. Employers who participate in job fairs set up displays to show prospective employees what their company has to offer. Included in the display may be information about the company's mission, philosophy and workplace culture. Employers may set up a slideshow showing different things their company has to offer. There are usually job applications available for job seekers to complete or take with them. Finally, business cards for key management personnel may be available for potential applicants to take so they know who to contact at the company.

Northern Illinois job seekers should be aware of job fairs being held in early 2014:

  • Chicago Career Fair will be held on January 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Oak Brook/Chicago, 17 W. 350 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. More information can be found here.
  • Another Chicago Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605. Interested workers can register here.
  • Job seekers interested in the field of hospitality and tourism can learn more at the Illinois ICHRIE Career Fair being held January 31, 2014 at DePaul University Student Center - Room 120 AB, 2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Rasmussen College will hold its Winter Career Fair from February 24-28, 2014. Interested job seekers can request information here.
  • Catalyst Career Group will hold The Daily Herald Career Event on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows, 3405 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. They also will hold Job Fair of Rockford on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Clock Tower Conference Center, 7801 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108. More information can be found here.

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