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Chaparral Career Advantage Workshops

The following Chaparral Career Advantage workshops are free (unless otherwise noted) and open to all students, alumni, and community members. Student registration is available in Chap Life. On-site registration will be available for alumni and community members day of the workshop. Walk-ins are welcome. Not all workshops are offered every semester. Questions can be directed to Career Services at (630) 942-2230.

Career Advantage Workshop Descriptions

Join Career Services Center for a weekly webinar series on different topics and to answer your questions in a casual conversation to help you #BeCareerReady.

After filling out countless applications, you've finally gotten a call for an interview! Yippee! Wait a minute...I spent all that time on my resume and still have another step? Believe it or not, it's not the resume that gets you the job, it's the interview. Although they may seem intimidating, with the appropriate preparation, interviews can be fun and a great learning experience. A successful interview requires confidence and a clear understanding of how one can fit in with the company. This session will introduce what to expect in an interview, how to prepare, and tips to portray your best professional self during the interview. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.

Ever applied for a job and all you received was silence??? What happens to my documents after I hit send? Workshop participants will learn essential pieces of the application process and how to build a resume for online job applications. A resume is never perfect nor finished and a major challenge is that there is "no" one standard resume. The end goal is to feel confident with the document you send. Designing, proofreading, and appropriate formatting are all essential components to capture and maintain the attention of hiring managers. This workshop will focus on best practices for resume and cover letter writing. Various types of resumes will be reviewed along with how to highlight essential components. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.

Career Coach is a database tied specifically to College of DuPage programs. Participants will have the opportunity to explore career options tied to their specific COD degree or certificate. Learn how to browse career summaries which include information such as local wages, employment projections, available jobs, and associated education and training. Have a career in mind but unsure how to get there? This workshop will show you how to search for careers by title and learn which College of DuPage programs will help you get started.

Unsure what career to choose or what to pursue academically? Looking to make a career change but don't know where to begin? This workshop may be for you. Attendees interested in this workshop are advised to schedule an appointment with a Career Specialist to learn about workshop preparation.

The Self-Directed Search is based on Holland's Occupation Theory and is a guide to educational and career planning. It is the most widely used career interest inventory in the world. The Self-Directed Search is just a starting point for research and understanding of what career options are out there for participants to further investigate for themselves. It is based on the theory that people can be loosely classified into six different personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. The SDS assessment will generate a three letter code for each participant that corresponds to the themes above. A guidebook of career suggestions will be given to workshop participants that match occupations to their three letter SDS results.  Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session. Space is limited.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. Interested participants may call (630) 942-2230 or visit Career Services in SSC 3258 to register. Registration closes 1 week prior to the listed workshop date.

The following steps must be completed to successfully register for this session:

  • Register for one of the Group Interpretation Sessions.
  • Visit the Career Services Center to receive a testing permit
  • Take the testing permit to the COD Specialized Testing office in Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A08. Complete the Self Directed Search at least one week prior to your scheduled workshop. The assessment should take approximately 30 minutes to complete and the cost is $10.
  • Test results and interpretation will be distributed at your scheduled workshop. 

Learn more about the Career Services Center online career link. This workshop will teach students how to navigate and utilize helpful tools including a resume builder and internship database. Need a job? Learn how to search for part-time and full-time job openings through the platform. Please visit the Career Services Center workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.

Discover new ways to find job opportunities! Working as a group, we will brainstorm key terms to create personal search strategies. Whether you are new to job searching, looking to make a career transition, re-entering the workforce, or wanting to find another opportunity, you can use these exercises to transform your general searches into a job journey.

The job search process and maintaining a job while having a disability can be a challenge. This workshop is for individuals with or without a disability seeking guidance for the workforce. Strategies for disability disclosure (if necessary) and information regarding the Self-ID process under changes to section 503 of the Rehab Act will be discussed. How one manages their individual disability is unique to each person. This workshop will not tell participants if, when, or how to disclose but will provide information to help each individual make an informed decision. Please visit the Career Services Workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.

Did you know that over 90% of employers use LinkedIn? Two/thirds of recruiters use it in the hiring process. Are you LinkedIn? This workshop will introduce the professional networking website. Participants will learn how to create a professional LinkedIn profile based on their background, how to connect and network with others professionals, and learn the ways LinkedIn differs from other social media platforms. Being an active LinkedIn user is crucial to success. Participants will learn more than just how to build a profile. Key features such as the job board, discussion groups, and alumni searches will be highlighted. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.

In honor of Disability Awareness Month, Career Services is offering a workshop to help students with disabilities navigate the job search process. This session will provide tips and insight for identifying employers who are recognized as inclusive. Job search strategies, tips, and information related to disclosure and self-ID will be discussed. Every experience and perspective is unique. This workshop will not assess situations on an individual basis and will provide more generalized information to help students determine the approach that will work best for them.

Build the skills and confidence you need to get the salary you deserve. Learn techniques and strategies to prepare you for negotiating salary, hourly wage, and benefits over the phone and in-person. We also dive into researching salary and how to leverage your strengths, experience, skills, and knowledge. There will be live demonstrations with opportunities for you to practice as the employer and the applicant.

Learn more about experiential learning opportunities offered through the Career Services Center! A Job Shadow experience will give you insight on a career or industry you may be interested in!

It is not what you know, it is who you know. When applying to jobs or looking for opportunities we always want our skills to impress employers, but how can you get the employer to notice you in a competitive market? In this workshop, gain advice from alumni and professionals regarding how to best get connected and stand out. Learn tips to make a positive first impression and practice your networking to bring you future success. Please visit the Career Services workshop schedule for dates and times of this session.

Need a resume review, cover letter review, interviewing tips, or other job seeking advice? Stop in for a half-hour meeting with a Career Specialist. Meetings are first come first served.


Contact Information

Career Services
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258
(630) 942-2230
Fax: (630) 942-4596

Summer Hours (Through Aug. 9)
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Closed

Regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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