Another Vocamotive Success Story

Did you know…

…that, many years ago, Vocamotive developed an internship program with municipal building departments and private construction businesses throughout the State of Illinois? The Building Inspector Internship Program is specifically designed to facilitate the training of injured construction workers to become Building Inspectors, Project Managers, Construction Superintendents, Customer Service Representatives and other professional construction occupations.

This program has been highly successful in reorienting injured workers to well-paying occupations and assisting the men and women Vocamotive has served to develop new careers they did not believe were accessible to them.

Suburban Building Officials Conference, Willowbrook, IL.

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-1-12-50-pmOn December 9, 2016, Joseph Belmonte, creator of the internship program and President of Vocamotive, attended the December meeting of the Suburban Building Officials Conference and had the opportunity to see former Vocamotive client Roy Giuntoli sworn in as President of the Chapter.

Roy originally came to Vocamotive as an ornamental iron worker in need of vocational rehabilitation services. We completed comprehensive vocational testing, job seeking skills instruction, and assisted Roy in the development of computer literacy with Microsoft Office.

Roy then became involved in our Building Inspector Internship Program and we assisted him with obtaining the necessary International Code Council (ICC) certifications.

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With the combination of on-the-job internship experience and certification, Roy became a competitive candidate for work in the industry. He has gone on to become not only a highly competent and well respected Building Code Official with The Village of Willowbrook, but also a solid, forward thinking professional dedicated to the industry and promotion of building code activities that benefit us all in communities which are safer and better managed as a result of the efforts of Building Inspection Professionals.

We want to congratulate Roy on his exceptional achievement. He has demonstrated hard work, dedication and commitment to the development of new skills and experience.

We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with someone of such exceptional integrity, character and commitment and we are proud of what Roy has achieved.

We also want to congratulate current Vocamotive client, Richard Mika, on his involvement in the building inspection program. Richard is currently active in study for International Code Counsel Certification and in professional networking with the SBOC and other organizations. Another Building Inspector in the making!

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About the Author:

Joseph Belmonte, CRC, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and President of Vocamotive, Inc. He is passionate about and committed to providing vocational rehabilitation services and career guidance in order to help people realize their greatest vocational potential. Joe has been in private practice as Vocamotive’s owner for over 20 years and is highly respected among his peers.

Follow Joe on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-belmonte-7b893813

Contact Joe via email at: service@vocamotive.com  

For more information, visit Vocamotive’s website or call (630) 789-2519.

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How Leonardo da Vinci Can Help You Land Your Next Job

In 1482, Leonardo da Vinci sent a letter to the Duke of Milan. The letter detailed da Vinci’s skills – at least, the skills that da Vinci thought the Duke might appreciate. It was, for all practical purposes, a résumé. In fact, while da Vinci isn’t likely to have been the first to come up with the idea (although he did invent an awful lot of things!), his letter to the Duke is the first evidence we have of someone writing akin to résumé. And the funny thing is, it’s a pretty great example of how to write a résumé. So what can you learn from a 15th century résumé? Read on and find out…

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Where In The Country Has Vocamotive Been?

The past two months have been very busy for Vocamotive and our staff of dedicated career development, resume writing, and vocational rehabilitation professionals. In addition to writing resumes and providing employment assistance to individuals in 13 different states, our team has been traveling near and far to provide career guidance, attend training events, administer consultations, and exhibit at professional events around the country.

Let’s take a look at some of the stops Vocamotive has taken along the way:

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Ways to Get Your Foot in the Door

Some companies are harder to get into than others. Sometimes it seems like you need to already know someone to score your dream job at that perfect company. There are ways to get your foot in the door and make some contacts who could help you out and lead you to your next job. Here are some tips for getting your name known at any company.

Follow on Social Media

Social media is a great way to connect with companies and their people. Check Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for company profiles. You can also look to see if you can find any employees or company recruiters to follow. LinkedIn is especially great for that, since it’s made to help people make and keep professional connections. Once you’ve found the company and some employees, interact with their posts. Like their Instagram pictures and retweet their tweets. Comment on LinkedIn posts with your own expertise or insight.

Arrange an Informational Interview

An informational interview is like a networking event, informational sessions and semi-interview all in one. They’re a great way to get in front of people at a company. If you can identify some key people in your ideal department, reach out and ask to meet. Make sure you’re targeting the right people, and not just emailing anyone you can find. Ask them to get coffee to discuss their career path or their interests. Find someone whose job is genuinely interesting to you, even if they can’t offer you a job. They could be a valuable contact or resource for your career down the line.

Send Your Resume

If you see a job opening that really interests you, go ahead and apply. If you don’t hear back in a couple weeks, email the hiring manager to ask about the status of your application. Even if you don’t see your dream job listed, try sending your resume to human resources or a hiring manager anyway. There could be a position opening soon that you’re perfect for, and you might have saved the company a lot of time and energy hunting for candidates.

What to Bring to an Interview

You’ve sent out your resume far and wide, and now you’re starting to hear back from potential employers about your applications. When you get interviews set up, you’ll start preparing your best answers to all the standard interview questions. There are certain things

Resume/Portfolio

Even if you already submitted your resume as part of the application process, you should always bring extra copies to an interview. Print at least five of them on resume paper and keep them in a nice, solid colored folder. If you have a portfolio of design work, writing samples or any other projects, bring that along. Even if you’re unemployed, it’s a good idea to bring business cards with your contact information, as well.

Questions

You should also come prepared with a list of questions for your interviewers, not just answers. Ask them specific questions about the company, position, team and culture. You’ll probably come up with questions as you go, but you should think of a few ahead of time just in case. Asking thoughtful questions will show employers that you are serious about the position, and can give you a chance to further explain why you’re a good fit for the role.

Company Information

Of course, you should have the company address, phone number and the name of the person you’re meeting with on hand (preferably written down) so you know exactly where to go and what to say. You should also do some research on the company before the interview. Bring along some notes to review while you’re waiting.

Emergency Supplies

Carry a notebook and pen with you in case you need to take notes in your interview. Many resume folders have space for your resume, a legal notepad and a pen. You should carry along some breath mints (not gum!) to freshen up just before your interview.

The Rehabilitation Counselor’s Role in Empowering Jobseekers

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According to 2015 data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five adults in the United States (approximately 53 million) has a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits individuals’ ability to perform one or more major life activities, individuals having a history or record of such an impairment, or individuals being perceived as having an impairment. Disability can impact individuals’ ability to function independently through activities of daily living, finding and maintaining employment, and feeling included and supported in their communities.

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Rehabilitation counselors work with individuals with disabilities by assisting them with achieving their optimal independence, integration, and participation in the community and world of work to reach personal goals, career aspirations, and perceived quality of life. They encourage personal, social, and economic independence while acknowledging the unique experiences of individuals of various social and cultural backgrounds (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, 2009*). They abide by the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors while making decisions and delivering services to their clients. Rehabilitation counselors create specific and time-oriented rehabilitation plans that map out their clients’ goals and what the process will entail for them to achieve those goals. Rehabilitation counselors provide services in a variety of settings, including veteran hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, state and federal offices, correctional facilities, public rehabilitation agencies and Workers Compensation agencies.

Vocamotive is a vocational rehabilitation and career services firm that works with a wide variety of clients, including unemployed or underemployed jobseekers, worker’s compensation clients, military veterans, and transitional students. Rehabilitation counselors at Vocamotive collaborate with a team of career placement professionals, job developers, résumé and branding specialists and computer instructors to help clients develop job seeking and computer skills in order to find new employment. By working with professionals of various areas of expertise, rehabilitation counselors can address each of their client’s goals and help them enter or return to the workforce. At Vocamotive, we empower our clients to develop a new set of skills to take on new employment experiences.

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Rebecca Hanna is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) for Vocamotive, Inc. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Bradley University and Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Northern Illinois University. Her areas of career interests include vocational rehabilitation, transition and disability services, and career counseling and placement.

Message or follow Rebecca on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccanhanna0704

Contact Rebecca via email at: rhanna@vocamotive.com

Learn more about Vocamotive at: www.vocamotive.com

Call Vocamotive at: (630) 789-2519

 

*Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. (2009). Code of professional ethics for rehabilitation counselors. Schaumburg, IL: Author.

 

Can a Resume Creation Service Benefit your Job Search?

The job market is competitive in Chicago. As such , if you are in the market for a new job, you may wonder what you can do to give yourself the upper-hand. A resume creation service may not be the first thing you think of, but it can be greatly beneficial to anyone seeking a job. Here are some of the ways this type of service can be beneficial in your job search.

They Make Sure Your Resume is Error-Free

One of the biggest benefits to using a resume creation service is that the service ensures your resume is free of spelling, punctuation and other grammar errors. Unfortunately, errors on your resume can cost you the opportunity to interview for companies. And what’s worse is that many people take their resume and submit it online or to a several employers before they realize that there was an error on their resume. By that time, it’s been seen by countless employers. If you want potential employers to think you are detail-oriented and have great grammar, hiring one of these services can help you prove that point.

They Can Tailor Your Resume to the Industry You Are Searching In

Another benefit to a resume creation service is that they can tailor your resume to the industry you are searching for a job in. Not all of your educational achievements and certificates are relevant to employers. They want to know about your experience, education and achievements in the job field you are looking for. Cutting out what isn’t needed helps to streamline everything for the person looking over your resume, before they get bored and toss it to the side. Additionally, what you think is a great resume, may not be so great. Resume creators look at resumes all day long, so they know how to make yours stand out from the crowd, optimizing your chances of finding a new job.

They Offer Job Assistance Services

The last benefit to resume creation service Chicago is that most companies that offer this service also offer job assistance services. They will help you find jobs so you can apply using your new resume. And multiple sets of eyes can locate a great opportunity faster than you looking on your own.
If you are in the market for a new job in Chicago, brushing up on your resume is imperative. But instead of doing it yourself, consider letting a resume creation service do the hard work for you. They can create an error-free resume that is tailored to the industry you are applying for jobs in and many also offer job assistance services.

Source

http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/resume_myths_cost_job/article.aspx

http://www.salary.com/5-reasons-to-hire-resume-writer/

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Jumpstart Your Job Search with a Professionally Built Resume

There are a lot of rewards for do-it-yourselfers these days. You can save $20 by changing your own oil, $12 by washing your own car, $50 by repairing your stove. You can press your own suits, groom your own pets – some people even cut their own hair. Why not save a few bucks by writing your own resume? There are plenty of examples online, web sites that take your work history and spit out neat-looking resumes in a matter of minutes. How hard can it be? Seriously, who needs a professionally built resume?

The answer to that question is, You need a professionally built resume. There’s a time for economizing and a time for investing, and now is the time to invest in yourself. We’re not talking about trimming a few bucks off your grocery bill or finding a cheaper way to paint the basements stairs; this is about your career; this is about getting to that next level so that you have more money for things like groceries and paint.

Do the math: Have you calculated the difference between your current situation and the job you’re searching for? How much more will you be making if you get that new job? Quite a lot, right? Subtract the cost of using a professional resume creation service, and look at it again: If you don’t get the job because you decided to scrimp on your resume, how much money will you have saved? The answer to that question is, You haven’t saved a dime. You’ve lost thousands of dollars, maybe; you’ve lost a more rewarding work experience, you’ve lost a chance to really make a difference.

You don’t need to be told that the job market is ultra-competitive. It’s a buyer’s market, and you’re definitely selling. You need a resume that will receive instant attention and mark you as a serious candidate, as someone to be reckoned with. Your hand-built resume may please your friends and family, but how critically are they looking at it? What will your homemade resume say to a human resources professional who does nothing but look at resumes all day?

Even the sharpest do-it-yourselfer can make mistakes. Professional communicators, including journalists and editors, have handed in their own resumes only to discover later that they left something out, or that they had substituted “hear” for “here” or much worse. We live in a world of distractions, and no one is perfect.

So do yourself a favor and connect with a professional resume creation service. Resume pros are the mirror image of those HR people who spend all their time looking at resumes. They’re up-to-date on the latest trends in resume creation, presentation, and interpretation – and they’re more keenly tuned in to what your real strengths will be in the eyes of that prospective employer. Let them take care of your resume, and then you can cut your own hair later.

Preferably after the interview.