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We are expanding and have the following immediate openings: Manufacturing Engineer

Salaries are commensurate with experience levels, 401K, Health Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Vacations, and Holidays provided. EOE. Apply in person, fax, email, or send resume to:

Barton Mfg 1395 S Taylorville Rd Decatur, IL 62521 Fax 217-428-0628

We have an opening for a manufacturing/industrial engineer experienced with machining and welding processes. This position will require detailed knowledge of complex processes with the ability to estimate cycle times and costs. Must be proficient at blueprint reading, including GD&T. Software skills with MS Office, Excel, Word, Etc. are required. Other helpful skills would include CNC Programming, CAD/CAM experience, Tool/Fixture Design. Ideal candidate will have a related degree, or equivalent experience.

CNC Machinist Positions We are looking for experienced candidates interested in a career in CNC Machining. Positions require the setup and operation of CNC Lathes and Mills. Successful candidates will be able to perform setups following work instructions, be able to read blueprints, and perform part inspections to meet tolerance requirements. Must be able to read micrometers and calipers. CMM skills would be a plus. Openings are available on all shifts.

Fabricator/Welder Positions We are needing skilled welders proficient with production MIG welding with a minimum of 2 years experience. Must be able to pass physical weld test and be able to read blueprints. Some inspection techniques will also be required. Ideal candidates will also have experience with press brakes and shears. Openings on 1st and 2nd shift.

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Tips for Creating a Concise Resume By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert If you're in the middle of updating or writing your resume, you may be asking yourself any of these questions: How long should my resume be? How can I fit all my experience on one page? What can I eliminate, and what should be highlighted? If you are, you're not alone. As millions of workers update their resumes, one of the top concerns is resume length. Not long ago, job seekers followed the resume golden rule: No resume should exceed one page. However, today's job seekers are finding that rule no longer applies. In this time of confusion, the solution is simple: common sense. If you are just graduating, have fewer than five years of work experience or are contemplating a complete career change, a one-page resume will probably suffice.

Some technical and executive candidates require multiple-page resumes. If you have more than five years of experience and a track record of accomplishments, you will need at least two pages to tell your story. Your Resume Is Not an Autobiography Don't confuse telling your story with creating your autobiography. Employers are inundated with resume submissions and are faced with weeding out the good from the bad. The first step involves quickly skimming through resumes and eliminating candidates who clearly are not qualified. Therefore, your resume needs to pass the skim test. Look at your resume and ask yourself: Can a hiring manager see my main credentials within 10 to 15 seconds? Does critical information jump off the page? Do I effectively sell myself on the

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Eight Tips to Keep Your Resume Concise 1. Avoid Repeating Information: Did you perform the same or similar job tasks for more than one employer? Instead of repeating job duties, focus on your accomplishments in each position.

Use an Editor's Eye Many workers are proud of their careers and feel the information on a resume should reflect everything they've

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The Sales Pitch Because resumes are quickly skimmed during the first pass, it is crucial your resume gets right to work selling your credentials. Your key selling points need to be prominently displayed at the top of the first page. If an MBA is important in your career field, don't bury it at the end of a four-page resume. An effective way to showcase your key qualifications is to include a Career Summary statement at the top of the first page. On your Monster resume, use the Objective section to relay your top qualifications. The remainder of the resume should back up the statements made in your summary.

accomplished. However, the resume shouldn't contain every detail. It should include only the information that will help you land an interview. So be judicious. If your college days are far behind you, does it really matter that you pledged a fraternity or delivered pizza? The editing step will be difficult if you are holding on to your past for emotional reasons. In these cases, show your resume to a colleague or professional resume writer for an objective opinion.

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Maintenance Technician The position requires a solid mechanical background that includes mechanical troubleshooting and repair, pneumatics, and hydraulics. Knowledge is also required of power distribution/ 480V 3 phase wiring, electrical troubleshooting skills, schematic diagrams and blueprints. Experience with CNC/Servo controls, motors and drive and PLC troubleshooting is desirable. Prefer minimum of 2 year degree but comparable work experience will be considered. All positions at HMAC require solid work history, HS Diploma or GED, drug screen and background check. HMAC offers excellent compensation and outstanding benefits. Send resume or apply in person at: Hitachi Metals Automotive Components USA, LLC 1500 Heartland Blvd Effingham, IL 62401 Fax: 217-342-6933 Email: E.O.E.


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2. Eliminate Old Experience: Employers are most interested in what you did recently. If you have a long career history, focus on the last 10 to 15 years. If your early career is important to your current goal, briefly mention the experience without including details. For example: Early Career: ABC Company -City, State -- Assistant Store Manager and Clerk, 1980-1985. 3. Don't Include Irrelevant Information: Avoid listing hobbies and personal information such as date of birth or marital status. Also, eliminate outdated technical or business skills.

4. Cut Down on Job Duties: Many job seekers can trim the fat off their resumes simply by removing long descriptions of job duties or responsibilities. Instead, create a paragraph that briefly highlights the scope of your responsibility and then provide a list of your most impressive accomplishments. 5. Remove the "References Available Upon Request" line: Many job seekers

waste the valuable last line of the resume on an obvious statement. Delete it. 6. Use a Telegraphic Writing Style: Eliminate personal pronouns and minimize the use of articles (a, an, the) when preparing your resume.

7. Edit Unnecessary Words: Review your resume for unnecessary phrases such as "responsible for" or "duties include." The reader understands you were responsible for the tasks listed on your resume. 8. Customize Your Resume for Your Job Target: Include only the information relevant to your goal. This is particularly important for career changers who need to focus on transferable skills and deemphasize unrelated career accomplishments.

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A new year marks a great time to reassess your career


he dawn of a new year is a great time to take stock of several things in your life, including your career. The spirit of rejuvenation that characterizes a new calendar year makes this an ideal time to examine your job, where it's going and if there's anything you can do over the next 12 months to further your goals and aspirations. When reassessing your career, ask yourself the following questions and be honest when answering them.

What do you enjoy about your job? The grass always seems greener on the other side, but most people, when being honest with themselves, will admit there are several things they enjoy about their current career and the company they work for. When answering this question, consider those things you do at work that you enjoy and would like to continue doing every day. If the things you like most about your current job (i.e., free coffee every morning) are not terribly important in the grand scheme of things while the things that you feel should be a priority (i.e., sense of fulfillment, passion for your work) are nonexistent, then perhaps a change is in order.

What don't you enjoy about your job? Everyone has things about their job they don't like, be it location of the office in relation to your home or poor relationships with coworkers. If the things you don't like are relatively insignificant and you can't think of any issues that are pressing, then you might be happiest staying in your current position. Is your career interfering with your life? When reassessing your career, it helps to determine if your work is interfering with your personal life or enabling you to lead a fulfilling life away from the office that includes ample time to spend with family and friends. Though a higher salary at another company might be enticing, if that salary costs you precious time with your family, then it might be in your best interest to stay put. The flip side to that coin is if your current position pays well but you must sacrifice family time to maintain your career, then perhaps a change that allows you to live a more fulfilling personal life is in order. Is advancement possible? To many people, the opportunity to advance within a company is enough to entice them to stay. When reassessing your career, ask yourself if advancement is realistic and where you might be 12 months from now. If opportunities for advancement are there, then this might be a better bet than starting all over again elsewhere. If you Reassess continued on page 7


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see yourself in the same position and earning the same salary 12 months from now, then it might be time to begin exploring other options. Is now a good time to move on? Another thing men and women must consider when reassessing their careers is the economic climate. Of course, the economy has not been thriving for the last several years. As a result, many people have understandably clung to their jobs, fully recognizing the high unemployment rate has created a highly competitive job market that offers no guarantee of finding work. However, as much as the economy has struggled, for some people, the last few years have been a good time to make a career change. This all depends on your field of work and whether it

is thriving (some fields have actually fared well throughout the recession) or struggling. If your research determines it's an especially risky time for you to change careers, it's probably best to put a career change on the back burner for the time being. When reassessing your career, a host of factors will eventually influence your decision. But the


Making a Difference in Children’s Lives Webster Cantrell Hall is a not-for-profit Child Welfare Agency. The Mission of Webster Cantrell Hall is to serve children, youth and families at risk of or in troubled circumstances. The Agency provides for their physical, social, educational, and psychological needs through home, community based, and residential prevention and treatment programs. The professional services facilitate family preservation and the development of self sufficient individuals. Webster Cantrell Hall is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following employment opportunities: Therapist (2 positions) MSW or related degree. Some experience with Medicaid services a plus. Child Care Counselors – Full, Part Time & On Call. HS Grad (BA and human service experience preferred). Must be available to work weekends, evenings and/or nights. Child Care Supervisors – Part Time & On Call AA plus 5 years human service experience, 2 of which must have been in a residential child welfare setting (Bachelor’s degree preferred with 2 years residential experience). Must be available to work weekends, evenings and/or & nights. Recreation Counselor – Part Time. Degree in Recreational Therapy or related degree required, 2nd shift weekend position. Case Assistant (2 positions) – Full time. HS Grad (AA preferred). Some weekend work required. Internship & volunteer opportunities are also available. EOE & Drug Free Workplace All candidates must clear DCFS CANTS & criminal back ground inquiries, DMV checks, & submit to drug screen if hired. All Full Time positions are with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. “YOU CAN HELP OTHERS CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOR THE BETTER” Webster Cantrell Hall 1942 E. Cantrell St. Decatur, IL 62521 Fax: 217-421-6889 Submit application or resume w/ cover letter to: Chief Operating Officer - For volunteer or internship opportunities contact: Director of Development - NO PHONE CALLS


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dawn of a new year makes a great time to begin the process of determining if continuing on your current path or choosing another path is best for you.

Join the Goodwill Team and Make a Difference! Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries is a growing not-for-profit looking for staff with exceptional customer service skills for our stores in Bloomington, Champaign, Danville and Effingham. A variety of full and part-time positions are available including cashier/sorter, processor, material handler and management. Positions are in a retail/light warehouse setting and require a positive attitude, willingness to learn and the flexibility to work any position. Must be able to stand for extended periods and lift and move 50 pounds. If you would like to be a part of our team, apply at, any of our retail stores, or 1220 Outer Park Drive, Springfield, IL 62704. Visit our website at for an application, job descriptions, and more information about our organization. Drug Free Workplace/Equal Opportunity Employer We empower people with special needs to become self-sufficient through the power of work.



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Explore healthcare careers now Unemployment rates may still be high and the opportunities out there in specific careers might be waning, but there is one job sector that may be promising – healthcare. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that 3.2 million jobs will be created by 2018 in the healthcare industry. Other forecasters say that with an aging population who will provide the demand for healthcare workers, jobs in the health sector make sense as a stable career option. Plus there are more opportunities for hire.

But what healthcare jobs are out there for those who don't currently have a medical degree nor the time to devote to a long education or much additional schooling? As it turns out, plenty.

• Dental assistant: This career

is one of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare, according to industry experts. While formal schooling may not be needed and some dentists train on-site, there's better opportunity for those who have completed a training program. Some dental assistant diploma or certificate programs can be completed in as little as a year. The median expected salary for a typical dental assistant in the United States is $32,969.

FAIR HAVENS CHRISTIAN HOMES seeks hands that are gentle, loving, and always willing to extend a friendly greeting to join our team in the following areas:

RN/LPN (PRN, Part Time, Weekend Packages Avail) The successful candidate(s) will demonstrate a stable work history as well as a strong desire to join us in our mission to honor God by providing high quality care to our seniors. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting

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• Registered nurse: Nurses are

often the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry. Though doctors may get all the glory, it's often nurses who provide the much-needed, behind-the-scenes care that complements a doctor's expertise. Applicants can consider earning a 2-year associates degree in nursing to get started in the field and then continue their education and certification as they advance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a registered nurse in the United States is $67,720.

• Pharmacy technician: The

world of pharmaceuticals continues to grow. A 2009 story in Forbes magazine indicated that 11.6 prescriptions are issued per person in the U.S. each year. With so many prescriptions issued each year, the demand for pharmacy employees is increasing. Assistants can generally complete a

certificate program which may be as short as 6 months. Pharmacy techs earn an average salary of $32,600, according to

• Hospice care worker: Whether

providing home hospice care or working in a facility, these workers provide support and assistance to the elderly or individuals with illnesses that restrict their ability to care for themselves. Hospice care is often end-of-life care and requires a special level of devotion from workers. Depending on the program, a bachelor's degree in nursing and a state certification may be all that's necessary to become a hospice technician. Salaries can range from $35,000 to $60,000. Students who have just begun college and are not yet in the job market may want to consider fine tuning their majors to coordinate with a career in healthcare.


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Resource/Watershed Conservationist Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a fulltime Resource/Watershed Conservationist To administer and implement soil and water conservation practices and programs in Macon County. The position includes but is not limited to: field survey, engineering design, layout, construction monitoring and checkout of conservation practices. Qualified applicants will have a bachelors degree In agriculture, agricultural engineering or related natural resource field or 5 years experience.

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Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a fulltime Watershed Specialist to provide leadership and technical work in planning, implementing and managing the award winning soil and water conservation efforts in the 925 square mile Lake Decatur Watershed. Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related natural resource field or 5 years related education and experience, considerable knowledge of urban and rural soil and water conservation, ability to apply for and manage governmental and non-governmental grants, public education and outreach, Knowledge of Illinois Drainage law, BMP’s for storm water and construction industry, BMP’s for Nutrient Stewardship practices.

Classified Inside Sales Rep The Herald & Review in Decatur has an immediate opening

organized, have strong telephone communication skills, excellent keyboarding and spelling skills, and be able to function smoothly in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented office environment. Previous telemarketing sales experience a plus. If you’re goal-oriented, this is a great opportunity for you!

Employment for both positions will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a United States Department of Agriculture background investigation.

Cover letter, resume and references to: Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District Attention: Linda Good 4004 College Park Road • Decatur, IL 62521 or email: Macon County Soil & Water Conservation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Herald & Review offers an excellent benefit package. Qualified candidates interested in joining our team, should apply at: EOE

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Social Networking Tips for Job Seekers By Karen Allen, Program Manager, Workforce Investment Solutions for the Herald & Review According to Department of Labor statistics, only a small percent of jobs are ever posted; and when they are posted, the competition is fierce. Networking has always been one of the best ways to search for a job, however, with an increased use of the Internet, the focus is moving away from face-to-face contact toward virtual social networking. Job seekers are finding social media a valuable tool to network for open positions while businesses are gradually using social media to advance their recruitment efforts. What exactly is social media and social networking? Social media is a way to communicate and interact with others through the internet using online technology. Social media allows users to publish or access information in an inexpensive manner. The top three Social Medias used in job searches today include LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, although other social networking sites are also growing in popularity. LinkedIn

has been known for its job-focused presence; however, other sites are quickly gaining recognition. Social networking is a way to connect with “friends” or other “connections”. Users are required to create a “profile” that consists of personal information, which can be viewed publically, or only by one’s contacts. As with face-to-face networking, social networking will not occur without friends or connections. Friends or connections are allowed to send you messages and post comments on your profile. You are given the opportunity to join “groups”, follow employers, post a resume, etc. . . “Groups” allow you to connect to people with similar interests and begin conversations on certain topics. If you have read a relevant professional book, you could begin a conversation on the highlights of the book. This feature allows others to learn more about you and what your interests are. Many businesses have “like” pages for businesses; this gives you the opportunity to connect with employers who have job openings. Here is what you need to know before you begin networking using social

media. LinkedIn is considered a place to network with colleagues and other professionals while Facebook is more apt to connect you with friends and family. Carefully crafted profile pages are critical to a successful job search. Social networking can be useful in your job search, but it can also be harmful in your job search if not used properly. The last thing you want to happen is for an employer to see inappropriate pictures or comments associated with your profile and risk the position being offered to someone else. LinkedIn has the capability to upload a resume and has other useful job search tools. In this competitive job market, individuals need to be able to identify their knowledge, skills and abilities and communicate those, as well as their achievements to potential employers. If you decide to use social media in your job search take the time to do it right. Remember it is better to have one complete profile than three different profiles that are partially completed. Once you’ve identify key words that will help you stand out over your competition, prepare a 30-second elevator speech to use when networking

face to face with your contacts and potential employers. In your elevator speech, you want to be able to tell who you are, what skills you possess and what type of job you are looking for. Learn how to write an elevator speech at Make sure your contacts know what type of jobs you are looking for and ask them to let you know if they hear of anything you might be qualified for. Remember to thank them for helping in your job search and thank them for listening to you. Social media can vastly increase your contacts and enhance your job search. Job seekers who are able to shift their mind set in regards to technology and social networking may boost their job search and be offered more opportunities when it comes to employment. Remember, social media is not just a way to market yourself, you can use it to connect with others to learn about your industry and your profession and it will allow you to approach decision makers directly. The job market is competitive right now, social media may give you the edge you need to obtain an interview and land your new position.

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Easy ways to improve interview skills A job interview can be a nervewracking experience for applicants. Those who enter an interview with a host of qualifications may still find themselves nervous at the prospect of discussing a position they're interested in with a complete stranger. Such nervousness is normal, but many job seekers still hope for ways to make themselves more comfortable when interviewing for a job. There are several ways to do just that, and men and women, both young and old and experienced and inexperienced, should recognize that interviewing takes some dedication and hard work. Resumes do sometimes speak for

themselves, but the following tips can go a long way toward helping job seekers make a strong first impression. • Say something before you even open your mouth. Nonverbal communication is an important part of the interview process. Good posture, a firm handshake and making eye contact can set a positive tone at a job interview and makes a strong first impression. When arriving at an office for an interview, don't slouch in a chair while waiting for the interviewer to arrive. Sit straight up and avoid nervous behavior such as toe-tapping or checking the time.

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• Be a good listener. Many job seekers have practiced what they're going to say countless times in the days leading up to an important interview. Preparation is important, but it's just as important to listen to the interviewer throughout the interview. Avoid simply waiting your turn to speak before spouting off a rehearsed answer. The interviewer is providing valuable information, which applicants should use in their responses to questions. • Remain professional. Job seekers should always remain professional and avoid coming off as overly familiar. Such an attitude might make it appear as though you aren't taking the interview seriously and aren't very interested in the job. Staying too rigid throughout the interview is also not a good way to make a first impression. It's acceptable to allow the interviewer to set the tone of the interview, but it's also important to land somewhere between rigidity and being overly familiar.

• Be specific when answering questions. Applicants must distinguish themselves from one another. When the interviewer asks a question about a past job experience or project, be specific with your answer. If need be, take time to answer the question. Thoughtfully answering a question is always better than spouting off the first response that comes to mind. • Ask your own questions. At some point during the interview, applicants will be asked if they have any questions for the interviewer. Applicants should always ask questions, which demonstrates interest in the position. Failing to ask a question will likely put an awkward end to the interview. When asking questions, base them on previous statements from the interviewer to show you have been listening and would like to know more about the position and the company.


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Mechanics & Drivers! Veolia ES Solid Waste Midwest Inc is seeking talented, hardworking people to join our team in the Decatur & Charleston, IL area. Mechanics & Drivers assist us by maintaining and driving our fleet of refuse trucks. Both require a valid CDL license with clear driving records and Drivers must be at least 21 years of age. Driver’s starting wage is $14.25/hr and Mechanics vary depending on experience. Full benefits package is also available! If you want to work for a company where hard work goes noticed and rewarded, apply to Veolia today!

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