Fair to Match Employers with Job Seekers

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Byline: Meta L. Levin Daily Herald Correspondent

The College of Lake County has joined 17 other Lake County public and private agencies to put together a monthlong job search program, which will culminate May 29 in the second annual JobMarketPlace '97 at the college's Grayslake campus.

Last year 15 Lake County agencies, including CLC, began the program with a one-day job search workshop that attracted nearly 300 people, as well as a workshop for employers a few days before the employment fair. All three were successful, but feedback from participants resulted in almost a complete revision of the program.

"We learned a lot from it," said Vicky Gordon, deputy director of the Private Industry Council.

The agencies, most of which had been involved in other job fairs, put together the program in an effort to help employers attract good employees and help potential workers find what they want. Lake County has a low unemployment rate, so job search is what Gordon calls a "buyers market."

Starting the month out will be a series of three Job Seekers Workshops. Conducted by representatives from CLC and 10 companies, the workshops are free and open to the public. They will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; from 4 to 7:30 p.m. May 15; and from 5 to 8 p.m. May 22.

All three will feature the same seven workshops, including "How to Work a Job Fair," "Resume Preparation," "Interview Essentials," "Internet Job Search," "Dress for Success," "Career Decisions," and a panel of employers.

"Last year we did the workshops a couple of days before the job fair and there wasn't time to make the improvements needed," said David Zumwalt, director of vocational services for SER/Jobs for Progress Inc. …