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Chicago Career Expo – April 25, 2012

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Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611 (directions)

Important Details

  • Free Admission
  • Register On-Site
  • Resumes Required for Admittance
  • Business Attire Required
  • As a reminder, you are responsible for your parking fees. Parking at the Navy Pier is a flat rate of $20.

Included in this free four-hour event

*Power Seminars: Top tips and tricks on acing a challenging job search
*Perfect Pitch: Nail your quick intro to wow everyone you meet
*Resume Reviews: Instant feedback on this all-important document
*The Interview: Experts will evaluate job seeker’s interview skills
*Engaging Employers: Access to the people who’ll get you in the door
*Exceptional Connections: Phenomenal talent to trade ideas and leads

Listen to a Free Teleclass that she held on Thursday, March 8.

In just 20 minutes, we will tackle a range of job search advice to help reenergize yourself — and land the position you want.  Get insider tips on how to ace the upcoming Women For Hire expo.

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Coffee & Career Chat

Register for Our Popular Early Morning Seminar

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Job Search stalled? Confidence ebbing? Thinking about starting your own business, but aren’t sure what steps to take? Wondering how social media could up your chances of getting hired? Sign up now for Women For Hire’s Early Morning Seminar. In this pre-expo season, our hand-picked experts energize you with fresh tips and tactics on how to get what you want – whether you’re a recent college grad, a mom thinking about returning to work or mid-career veteran. We announce speakers in advance of each expo. Jump start your success by registering for this special session, prior to each expo, from 8:30am-10:00am. You’ll also receive priority admittance into the career expo. Space is limited. Reserve your space now.

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Early Morning Seminars

Joy Maguire-Dooley
Your Wow Factor: What Is It/Why Is It Important?
WOMENTORING: Empowering Yourself Through Networking
Joy Maguire-Dooley, an expert on job transition issues, has been featured in USA TODAY, the Chicago Tribune and various local media. She is co-host of Job Talk, a weekly radio show, and co-author of a career transition book, A Taste For Work. She runs the youth and family services program for Lisle Township and serves on the board of directors for the Community Career Center in Naperville, where she facilitates two weekly job clubs. Joy recently participated in a Washington roundtable on creating employment opportunities, headed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. An educator and therapist, Joy is versed in many topics related to work-life issues.

Paul Cameron
Using Combined Social Media To Rev Up Your Job Search
How to Sell Yourself in an Interview: Effective Strategies
Paul Cameron is an expert in job search strategies, including how to locate hidden job openings, land interviews, master social media and sell yourself in an interview. He is the founder of DriveStaff, a technology recruiting firm in Villa Park. He has 14 years experience as a Chicago area headhunter and is a host on talk radio’s Job Talk.

Erica Takach
Chicago New York Life
With a bachelors degree in marketing, Erica Takach joined New York Life as an agent in December 2006. Just three years later, at age 24, Erica had been promoted to partner. She is the most tenured partner in the downtown sales office of the Chicago North Shore and has aspirations of achieving senior partner soon.  She likes to say she is “in business for myself, but not by myself” and enjoys telling groups about the opportunities that New York Life offers.

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Power Seminars in Chicago:

Lauren Milligan
Drastically Improve Your Resume in 30 Seconds or Less
Job Search Secrets That Your Competition Isn’t Doing
Join Lauren, head resume expert and job search coach at ResuMAYDAY, as she gets right to the point about how to pump your resume – fast. She’ll also let you in on effective job search tactics that your competition is not using. Lauren is a career expert whose advice is heard on WGN and WLS radio, as well as other Chicago media. Her ‘no wimps allowed’ attitude and counter-intuitive strategies help clients find work without compromising on career level or salary.

Harriet Di Cerbo
Presenting a Powerful You:  Key Communication Skills

The Mindset of Success:  Shift Your Thoughts, Shift Your Results
Harriet Di Cerbo of Mosaic Path is a coach, trainer and speaker who has helped scores of people and companies unleash their potential — and grow.  She has spent almost 30 years helping others navigate their careers – to turn on the juice, turn off the fear and let their talent shine.

Benefit from Perfect Pitch/The Interview

Master your all-important one sentence to sell yourself and get valuable feedback after a mock interview. Our experts will leave you feeling empowered and confident.

Perfect Pitch Experts:

Cynthia Judge
Cynthia Judge is a speaker, coach and leadership trainer who has worked in communications for 20 years.  Based in Chicago, she conducts workshops on sales, leadership, presentation skills, public speaking, manager/employee relations and workplace harassment.  Her private coaching clients range from executives and physicians, to educators, nurses and salespeople.
Harriet Di Cerbo
Harriet Di Cerbo of Mosaic Path is a coach, trainer and speaker who has helped scores of people and companies unleash their potential — and grow.  She has spent almost 30 years helping others navigate their careers – to turn on the juice, turn off the fear and let their talent shine.

The Interview Experts:

Judi Lansky
Judi Lansky is president of Lansky Career Consultants, a career development firm committed to assisting career changers, job seekers and entrepreneurs in developing truly satisfying careers. Established in l982, the firm specializes in helping clients identify their skills, interests and values so they can define the new career direction they want to pursue.  Listed as a resource in Richard Bolles’ What Color Is Your Parachute?, Judi has been featured in Chicago area media because of her innovative approach to career development.

Kathy Sherman
Kathy Sherman has been a successful general management and finance executive for market-leading global service companies for more than 30 years, most recently as CFO for a $1.5 billion division of ADP with 7500 employees in 60 countries.  With expertise in driving profitable growth, developing sustained client relationships, and building strong business partnerships, she knows first-hand the value of identifying, recruiting, and retaining outstanding employees.

Want to volunteer at our expos?

One of the many reasons women like joining us at Women For Hire expos is that our staff members are friendly, helpful and always willing to lend an ear. If you’re interested in seeing what a career expo looks like from the inside, we hope you’ll consider volunteering with us for the day. We pay a small stipend to cover your expenses, so it’s a chance to make a little pocket money and experience what we do. Email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] to be considered for the expo in your area.

Participating Exhibitors

Aon Corporation
Arise Virtual Solutions
Benedictine University
Bridgestone Retail Operations
Charter One Bank
Coca-Cola Refreshments
Farmers Insurance
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Governors State University
The Home Depot
IBM Corporation
Iron Mountain
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
New York Life
Personal Shopper, A Sears, Lands’ End and Kmart Program
TCF Bank
Thirty-One Gifts
U.S. Capitol Police
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Wilton Brands, Inc.

Planning to attend this event?

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Directions to the Event

Public Transportation:


Direct service to Navy Pier is provided by CTA buses from the Madison Street (former Northwestern) Station.

By City Bus

The CTA has six bus lines with over 200 buses that serve the Pier’s front entrance daily. These include the #29 (State Street), the #65 (Grand Avenue), the #56 (Milwaukee Avenue), and the #66 (Chicago Avenue). During weekday rush hours: #120 (Northwestern/Wacker Express) and #121 (Union/Wacker Express) serve Navy Pier and their respective Metra train terminals.

Driving Directions

From The North

Take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) to the Grand Avenue exit.

From The Northwest

Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the Ohio Street exit, south on Orleans to Illinois Street and proceed east.

From The West

Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to Columbus Drive, north to Illinois Street, and east to the Pier.

From The Southwest

Take the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to Lake Shore Drive (U.S. 41), and then north to the Illinois Street exit.

From The South

Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94), east onto the Stevenson Expressway to Lake Shore Drive North and exit at Illinois Street.

From The Southeast

Take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) north to the Illinois Street exit.