Having Trouble Finding Who Is Hiring? Wonder Why No Job Offers? Come To These Weekly Job Seminars

no jobThe Housing Authority of the City of Freeport [HACF] is proud to announce the Third Annual Employment Empowerment Month.  HACF has designated the month of October to host weekly job seminars and the Job & Resource Fair.  Are you having trouble finding who is hiring?  Do you wonder why you have applied and even had interviews but no job offers yet?  Are you curious how to be a better employee?  These events are for everyone – those who are unemployed, seeking a new career, or looking for a promotion!  Events will include the following:

Exploring Professional Development and Taste of WDI

Tuesday, October 6th, 11:00 am at the Empowerment Center, 1052 W. Galena Avenue

Jeremy Bradt from Highland Community College will present on the variety of educational programs including degrees, certificates, and individual classes for professional development offered at HCC.

Following the HCC presentation, the HACF Workforce Development Institute [WDI] Instructors will present sample WDI lessons helping participants understand the benefits and expectations of the WDI. Employers say current and prospective employees are lacking soft skills.  Give yourself a competitive advantage and sharpen your soft skills today!

Removing Roadblocks to Employment/Creating a Winning Resume/Interviewing with Confidence

Thursday, October 8th, 10:00 am at the Empowerment Center, 1052 W. Galena Avenue

This job seminar is filled with helpful information.  Participants will learn to recognize behaviors and characteristics that cause employers to not consider you or your application for a job.  With HCC Career Center staff available, this session will teach you key attributes for an exceptional resume and provide hands-on work to create or update your resume.  The session will also provide strategic tips to interviewing with confidence and the opportunity for mock interviews.  Come prepared with your education and employment history and your questions to land the job you want.

Creating a Winning Resume Part 2

Friday, October 9th, 10:00 am at the Empowerment Center, 1052 W. Galena Avenue

This is a continuation of October 8th job seminar.  We encourage participants to come who need additional time to finish their resume with hands-on assistance. 

Re-Entering the Workforce with Ease/Diversity in the Workplace/Dress for Success on a Budget

Tuesday, October 13th, 10:00 am at the Empowerment Center, 1052 W. Galena Avenue

This is an information packed session of useful tips for finding and maintaining employment.  Unsure how to get a job after a timespan of not working?  Learn strategic steps to effectively re-enter the workforce presented by Hughes Resources. Do you ever wonder how you can be expected to work with “that person”?  Do you find it challenging to work with some people?  Understand the importance and benefits of diversity in the workplace and how to get along with all of your coworkers.  Are you low on funds but want to look professional to apply for jobs or for your next interview?  Come learn the secrets to dressing for success on a budget.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply with FurstStaffing and Hughes Resources.

Identity Theft

Monday, October 19th, 10:00 am at the Mary Hosmer Highrise, 601 N. Walnut Avenue

Illinois State’s Attorney Carl Larson will present on Identity Theft!  Come learn about identity theft, current concerns, and how to keep your identity safe.

Job and Resource Fair

Thursday, October 22nd, 1-4:00 pm, Westview Community Center, 1435 Westview Road

Professional Dress is Required for entrance to the Job & Resource Fair. You are encouraged to bring your resume.  Employers and Resource Providers already registered include Berner Food & Beverage, Elevate Stephenson, FHN, Freeport School District 145, Furst Staffing, Highland Community College, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services, Lena Living Center, Liberty Village of Freeport, QPS Employment, Willowglen Academy-IL and more.

Next Job with Fifth Third Bank

Northern Illinois Mobile Food Bank

Friday, October 23rd, 3-5:00 pm, Westview Community Center, 1435 Westview Road

Fifth Third Bank will provide the opportunity for attendees to apply in their Next Job program.  This is a job seeker’s toolkit that includes an online job database and resources to land your next job.

In addition, the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Bank will be onsite giving out food.  Participants obtaining a food donation will be required to register with the Fifth Third Bank Next Job Program.

Work Ethic and the Certificate of Employability with a Mini Job Fair

Tuesday, October 28, 2:00 pm, Freeport High School Cafeteria

High school students must sign up with FSD145 Career Counselor Diane Regan by calling 815-232-0400.  All are welcomed but this Job Seminar is geared toward High School Youth.

Does my boss expect me to stay late to finish a task?  What is wrong with socializing with my co-workers?  It helps to know each other when we need to work together on a project.  Learn the basics on work ethic and what employers expect from you and how you can exceed their expectations!  The COE (Certificate of Employability) is recognized by local employers and offered at my school but what is the point of the COE?  Learn the advantages of the COE and how you can obtain it and it can help you in your future!  After the presentation, a mini job fair will be for the participants.  Employers include Burger King, Culvers, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, and Taco Bell. 

Follow Your Dreams/Exploring Entrepreneurship

Thursday, October 29th, 10:30 am at the Empowerment Center, 1052 W. Galena Avenue

Have you thought of that dream job or some goals but don’t know how to get there?  Come be inspired to follow your dreams.

Do you have a creative business idea and thought of starting your own business?  A panel of local entrepreneurs will share their journey as an entrepreneur and share tips on being successful and time for Q&A.  This year’s panel includes Dr. Larry Williams, Byron Harrell, Jason Dickman, and Casey Myers.


Any questions, please contact Larry Williams, Chief Executive Officer at 815-232-4171 ext 1015.

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