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NEW NEW • The traits of good leaders and how you can gain skills for success on the job • Build your network en route to landing a new job • Get organized and improve workplace productivity



• Change jobs without burning bridges

• Things to look for in a new job

• Explore these in-demand professions • Jobs for students proficient in math

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Change jobs without burning bridges A new year invites people to reflect on the past and make changes or set goals for the months ahead. Many people list advancing their careers among their goals at the dawn of a new year. For some, that might require getting a new job. People look for new jobs for a variety of different reasons. One of the primary motivators to look for a new job is to earn more money. Others are interested in trying a new field. The employment recruiting and networking resource The Balance: Careers indicates that the average person now changes jobs 10 to 15 times in their professional lives. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that most people now spend 4.2 years in a current job, which is down from 4.6 years in 2014. Although some people may be tempted to leave a job with a bang, they should exit with class and professionalism. No one knows what the future brings, and it’s best to leave a job on solid terms. With this in mind, here’s how a person can change jobs successfully. • Draft a letter of resignation. Clearly communicate your decision to leave the organization. Follow the proper chain of command and show respect by addressing the person to whom you directly report. Clearly communicate your intent and future plans, highlighting when changes are expected to take place. • Choose the right time. Timing is everything, and some times are better for leaving a job than others. Project Management, a consultant group, says to wait until important projects are finished, rather than bailing out in the middle of crucial work. • Keep an open mind. Some employers may be blindsided by an employee’s desire to leave, particularly in cases when said employee never communicated with a supervisor about the desire for more responsibility or to discuss something that may not be working. A

boss who respects your work and values you as an asset may make a counter-offer. Hear him or her out and weigh your options. • Give plenty of notice. While two weeks’ notice is the norm, leaving more time for an employer to find your replacement, and helping to train

this individual, is a sure sign of respect for your current employer. Changing jobs can be stressful and awkward, but it can be done in a way to ensure good relations with an existing employer for years to come.


Morrison Community Hospital’s Family Care Clinic is growing!!! We offer a comprehensive benefits package, a competitive salary and professional and friendly work environment. Qualified candidates must be an Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse and able to work well in a fast paced and changing environment. Rotating weekends and holidays. Pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check required.

Morrison Community Hospital

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Change plays a big role as people ring in a new year. At the dawn of a new year, some people resolve to live healthier in the months ahead while others might make financial resolutions in an attempt to improve their bottom lines. The decision to change jobs is another popular resolution at the dawn of a new year. Professionals change jobs for various reasons. But regardless of what’s behind a career change, many people can benefit by looking for things in a new job that can make them happy both professionally and personally.

• Work/life balance: Before beginning your search for a new job, think about why you want to switch careers or companies. Long hours often leads to burnout. If you’re looking for a new job because you’re burned out, try to find a job that affords you a better work/life balance. A study from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen found that, with the curious exception of people who work more than 55 hours per week, stress rises accordingly with the numbers of hours worked each week. Keep that in mind if your goal is to find a job that affords you a better work/life balance.

• Commute: Bending over backwards simply to get to work and then get home from work can have an incredibly negative impact on your life. A


• Satisfaction: When attempting to achieve a better work/life balance, it can be easy to overlook satisfaction at work in exchange for more time at home. But studies have shown that feeling satisfied by what you do can have a profound impact on your overall happiness. It’s possible to find an engaging career that still affords you time away from work, and such a career can ultimately pave the way toward a happier life.

Many people aspire to find a new job at the dawn of a new year. Job seekers should consider a host of factors before switching jobs to make sure they make the best decisions.

Part Time Office Position: -15 hours/wk. -Must have 2 years office experience, (i.e. Accounts Receivable; Accounts Payable, General Ledger, Excel, Word) -Must be dependable, detail, oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. -Only qualified applicants need respond. There are no benefits with this position. Please submit resume, salary requirement and 2 references to: Box#: 997958, c/o Sauk Valley Classifieds, P.O. Box 498, Sterling, IL 61081 Deadline for submission is January 30, 2019.

Service Technician ($2000 Sign On Bonus for Qualified Techs)

Birkey's is accepting resumes for a motivated Ag-Equipment Service Technician in our Polo location. The position includes diagnosing, repairing, assembling, and servicing farm equipment. The successful candidate must be a detail oriented self-starter, organized and personable with a strong work record, a diesel technology degree, certification or equivalent work experience is preferred. Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, short/long term disability, PTO and sick time, wellness plan and 401(k). Qualified applicants should submit resume and salary history to : or Drop off at Birkey's, 928 S. Division, Polo, IL 61064 SM-ST26662-0126


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• Salary: Of course everyone would love to earn more money when changing jobs, but there is more to changing jobs than just improving your bottom line. As you begin your job search, consider how much you currently earn and if that allows you to live a life you love. If so, don’t overemphasize finding a new job that pays considerably more than your currently earn. On the flip side, young professionals who want to start a family in the years ahead should consider the costs associated with such a decision and how the salaries they earn at their next jobs may affect what they want down the road.


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study from the Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom found that commuters, especially those who spend between 60 and 90 minutes commuting to work, have lower life satisfaction and lower levels of happiness compared to people who don’t commute. Before accepting a job offer, estimate your commute time to and from the new office and try to determine the impact of that commute on your quality of life.

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Explore these in-demand professions The days of spending an entire career with one company are a thing of the past. According to data published in The Balance: Careers, the average professional switches jobs 10 to 15 times in his or her lifetime, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the average employee tenure in 2016 was 4.2 years. Understanding which fields have a high rate of growth can ensure men and women make smart choices when switching jobs. The following are the top-rated careers, based on data from the BLS, U.S. News & World Report and Glassdoor. • Mathematician: Mathematicians earn an average salary of $106,000 per year. Mathematicians use statistical theories to help companies in various industries make informed decisions. • Marketing manager: Marketing managers guide how a particular company or industry presents itself. They also analyze how campaigns and efforts have succeeded or failed to improve market share. A marketing manager earns an average of $85,000. • Actuary: These individuals employ mathematics and economics to help corporations predict and manage risk in their organizations. The field is expected to increase by 22.5 percent by 2026. Actuaries earn a median salary of $101,000. • DevOps Engineer: Thanks to the ubiquity of digital technology, professionals who can work with software

Truck Driver

Helena Agri-Ent. LLC, a national, agricultural chemical company, has an immediate opening for a Truck Driver at Princeton, IL Requirements: high school diploma or equivalent, CDL with HAZMAT endorsement, and the ability to operate a forklift. Responsibilities: makes deliveries, loads and unloads product, uses a forklift, and performs general warehouse duties. Apply in person to Helena Agri-Ent. LLC, 1870 Backbone Road W, Princeton, IL Pre-employment drug screen and background check required. EEO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Veteran

developers and system operators to oversee code and IT infrastructure are in high demand. These workers command, on average, $105,000, and as computer-based industries only continue to expand, so do the career opportunities. • Optometrists: Seeing clearly and maintaining proper visual health is important. Optometrists can earn $106,000 a year. • Nurse anesthetist: Several different careers in the medical field are booming, and nurse anesthetist is one of them. These medical professionals administer anesthesia to patients undergoing surgery and monitor vital signs to maintain patient safety. An average salary of $160,000 can entice registered nurses to go through the extra schooling to become anesthetists. • UX designer: A UX designer is a graphic designer, interior designer or architect who helps improve the usability, accessibility and enjoyability of tangible and digital products based on user experiences. Salaries vary depending upon the specific niche, but can average $90,000 annually. • Physical therapist: These health care workers earn an average of $85,000 and help people decrease physical pain and improve mobility through rehabilitative exercises. When considering changing careers, people may want to consider various professions that are currently booming.

DISTRICT BOOKKEEPER FOR PAYROLL AND HUMAN RESOURCES. Must have strong financial background and experience; previous experience with school finance desired but not required; should have at least a basic understanding of fund accounting. Must have excellent organizational skills; a high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing state and federal requirements; ability to multi-task; willingness to work additional hours when necessary to accomplish necessary tasks; display a strong willingness to learn new concepts and ways of accomplishing tasks. This is a 12-month salaried position with pay starting at $40,000 including vacation and benefits. Please send letter of interest to the attention of Chris Lensing Superintendent East ColomaNelson #20 at 1602 Dixon Rd. Rock Falls, Illinois 61071.

between assertive confidence and being boastful or cocky. It may take a little while to develop the right balance that encourages others to support your efforts. Delegation Delegating tasks is not a sign of weakness. In fact, it is a quality consistently found in strong

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CGH Medical Center 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL 61081 815.625.0400

RN – (Hospital) Various departments and hours

LPN – (Clinic) 40 hrs/wk; Monday – Friday, 8a-5p

Communication Being able to communicate effectively with all of the people in your work environment and beyond is one of the most essential leadership skills you can possess. Honest communication can build trust and being open to feedback can ensure that everyone is working toward a common goal. Effectively communicating means knowing when to speak and when to listen.

Surgical Scrub Tech/Sterile Processing Tech 40 hrs/wk; Days (Hours Vary); Please see Job Description on website for full details

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40 hrs/wk; Monday – Friday, 8a-5p Ready Care Clinic Vascular Surgery

Assistant Administrator – Clinic 40 hrs/wk; Monday – Friday, Days; Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Healthcare, or businessrelated degree; Minimum of 5 years’ experience in business or operations related role.

Linen Specialist – Laundry PRN (As Needed); Hours Vary

Medical Lab Assistant – Laboratory 24 hrs/wk; Day Shift w/ every 3rd Weekend & holidays

MT/MLT – Laboratory 20 hrs/wk; 930a-6p w/ evening/midnight back-up

Biomed Technician

Self-management It can be challenging to manage or oversee others if you can’t effectively take charge of your own tasks. Being able to self-manage involves gaining control and prioritizing goals and actions. However, it also extends to being able to manage emotions, recognize weaknesses and strengths and focus attention where it’s needed.

40 hrs/wk; Monday – Friday, 7a-330p w/ Call; Bachelor’s specializing in Biomedical Equipment Technology preferred or an Associate’s in electronics or related field. Experience in a healthcare environment required.

Phlebotomist – Laboratory 20 hrs/wk; Various Shifts w/ Weekends & Holidays PRN (As Needed), Various Shifts w/ Weekends & Holidays

Respiratory Care Practitioner 36 hrs/wk; Rotating 12 hours shifts w/ Weekends

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Radiologic Tech – Vascular

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a medical office

PRN (As Needed) Day Shift and Call Coverage

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CT Technologist


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coverage; Associate’s or Bachelor’s required

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Integrity Great leaders are trusted by others. Consistently acting with decorum and respect and delivering on your promises will inspire others to trust you. Stick to your core beliefs and values. Confidence Effective leaders have the confidence to make decisions and stand by them. Note that there is a fine line

Accountability Leaders make mistakes just like everyone else.

Ultrasound Technologist 40 hrs/wk; Mostly Nights w/ Rotating Weekends

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Teacher – Day Care

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• January 26, 2019

Successful leaders have the skills to guide organizations on the right path. Such men and women are often the first up for promotions, and routinely relied on for critical projects. Solidifying your own leadership qualities can be just what you need to land a great job and start climbing the corporate ladder. Good leaders often share a key array of skills. Below are some of the qualities that make strong workplace leaders.

leaders. Being able to delegate means you have the confidence in others to share responsibilities based on their skill sets. Delegating also promotes teamwork and lets others know you’re not afraid to share success.


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The traits of good leaders and how you can gain skills for success on the job

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Build your network en route to landing a new job A new year provides a perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf, and many people commit to doing so by making New Year’s resolutions. While there are no rules governing resolutions, certain resolutions tend to top the list of the most common year after year. Setting health and fitness goals are very common, but so are resolutions to switch careers. In fact, a 2017 survey from YouGov found that 14 percent of respondents were committed to finding a new job in 2018. Building a strong professional network can help people find a fulfilling job when they are looking to advance their careers. The following tips can help professionals establish such a network. • Recognize networking is a two-way street. Networking can be an effective way to find a new job, and it’s also a great way to help other people do the same. While you’re looking for a new job, if you come across opportunities that aren’t a good fit for you but might be for someone in your network, don’t hesitate to contact them. Your efforts will be appreciated, and those you help might do the same for you if they come across job openings that suit your background. • Build your online profile. LinkedIn, a social media site for professionals, is a go-to resource for human resources officials, and it’s also a valuable way to stay connected with professional acquaintances. Career services professionals advise adding anyone you have worked with to your LinkedIn network. Continue building your profile as your network grows and you work with more people. When others invite you to join their network, accept those invitations. • Update your résumé. Update your résumé as often as you deem necessary. Colleagues you’ve worked with in the past who are within your LinkedIn network may periodically view your profile, and an updated résumé is a great way to keep them abreast of how your career is going. If they can see what you’ve accomplished since you last worked with them, they might be more inclined to reconnect or recommend you for a job opening. • Stay in touch. Professional networks are most effective for professionals who keep in touch with their colleagues and acquaintances. Follow up with colleagues you’ve worked with in the past to see if there’s anything you can do for them or to check in on how a project you discussed with them is going. Staying in touch can shed light on job opportunities or open other doors that might facilitate your job search. A strong professional network can help professionals advance their careers and help others looking to do the same.

WOODHAVEN ASSOCIATION is seeking to fill the following full-time, year-round position: RESOURCE TECHNICIAN I. Responsibilities include the ability to learn general tree maintenance, along with other grounds and natural resource maintenance work. Interested individuals should have basic experience in chainsaw operation as well as ability to operate all types of outdoor equipment, including loaders/tractors and brush mowers, experience with brush chippers would be beneficial. This position requires: 1. valid Illinois Driver’s license. 2. Illinois pesticide license or the ability to obtain. Woodhaven Association offers an excellent benefits package. Interested applicants should apply in person, online at or by resume to:

Woodhaven Association

Human Resources Department P.O. Box 110 | Sublette, IL 61367 Fax: 815/849-5116 Phone: 815/849-5209

SHEET METAL APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITY Sheet Metal Worker’s Local 219 is accepting applications from Monday-Thursday from 8:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm Closed from 12:00pm-1:00pm Also open Friday 8:30am – 12:00pm at 3316 Publishers Drive, Rockford IL 61109

Requirements: Must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. MUST FURNISH on the day of application your high school transcripts and GED test scores (if applicable), a copy of your birth certificate, have a valid driver’s license and a $25.00 nonrefundable administration fee. Applications can be downloaded from our website All applications will be considered if basic qualifications are met. Equal employment opportunity - Minorities & Females are encouraged to apply.

Organization can help professionals keep track of their work assignments and stay on schedule. Staying organized does not come naturally to everyone, and those finding it difficult to juggle various assignments at once can try the following strategies to stay organized and increase their productivity. • Stop multitasking. While it can seem counterintuitive for people with a lot on their plates to stop multitasking, researchers at the University of Utah found that performance suffers when people try to do more than one thing at a time. While researchers discovered that a small percentage of people they dubbed “supertaskers” were capable of multitasking without adversely affecting their performance, the vast majority of people should avoid trying to tackle more than one task at a time. Professionals can work on different projects throughout the day, but allot time for each project rather than trying to work on several at once.

DRIVERS NEEDED Graphic Arts Express in Oregon, IL currently has opportunities

for OTR,& Regional Midwest drivers. OTR are home every other weekend running mostly Western and South East states.

• Take breaks throughout the workday. Busy professionals may feel as though they don’t have time for breaks during a typical workday. But such breaks can benefit workers in ways they might be unaware. For example, the Association for Psychological Science notes that research has shown that building breaks into a workday helps professionals stay sharp and productive. And when workers take their breaks matters, too. Researchers at Baylor University discovered that mid-morning breaks were more beneficial than late afternoon breaks. Staying organized and increasing productivity at work go hand in hand.

ROCK FALLS POLICE OFFICER? The Rock Falls Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are seeking candidates for the position of Police Officer and will conduct entrance examinations at the Rock Falls Community Building located at 601 W. 10th Street, Rock Falls, on two different days and times. The first testing day will be held on February 13, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the second testing day will be held on February 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. After completion of check in, the Written Examination will be administered. Once the results are received from the written examination, eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview. Once interviews are completed, final candidates are ranked on the Eligibility List following established criteria.


1. Resident of the State of Illinois. 2. Valid Driver’s License 3. Valid Firearms Owner Identification Card 4. Must be 21 years of age and not reached your 35th birthday 5. Have a high school diploma or equivalent 6. Must pass physical exam, skills evaluation, and written examination 7. Be of good moral character and pass an in-depth background check.

Regional drivers are mostly Midwest states and home 2 days a week. Must be 23 years old, and have a clean driving record, 2 years proof of experience, have or be able to obtain Haz Mat and Tanker endorsement. We offer an excellent benefit package including; Health, Dental, Optical and Life Insurance and a 401K.

Email resume to Bill LaPage to apply or Call 800-732-6828 Mon to Fri 8am to 4pm.

Fringe benefits include: Good pension plan, medical insurance, paid vacation, overtime pay and uniform allowance. Application forms may be obtained at the Rock Falls Police Department located at 1013 7th Avenue, Rock Falls IL and must be completed no later than Friday, February 11, 2019 on or before 5:00 p.m. All applications submitted must include a copy of your Driver’s License, High School Diploma or G.E.D. and your DD-214 (if applicable). THE CITY OF ROCK FALLS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


The Rock Falls Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

• January 26, 2019

Many working professionals aspire to be as productive as possible. In working environments where employees are forced to wear many hats, efficiency can help workers meet their deadlines and get tasks accomplished.

• Cut back on time spent in meetings. A 2014 survey from AtTask conducted by Harris Poll reported that American workers at companies with 1,000 employees or more spend just 45 percent of their workdays tending to their primary job duties. Survey participants reported spending 40 percent of their time in meetings, tending to administrative tasks and dealing with interruptions. In lieu of in-person meetings, professionals can discuss projects via mass emails, which can be a much more efficient means to organizing and discussing a project than sitting in a room several times per week.


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Get organized and improve workplace productivity

• Schedule each day. Establishing a schedule and making it as accessible as possible is another way to stay organized and increase productivity. Professionals can make use of scheduling apps on their tablets or smartphones, even setting alerts so they do not forget about projects or meetings. Routinely check the schedule throughout the day, marking off tasks as they’re completed.

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Jobs for students proficient in math Math is an important subject and school and proficiency in arithmetic serves people well when it comes time to leave the classroom and enter the workforce. As demand for workers proficient in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics continues to grow, students can benefit by working as hard as possible when studying such subjects. People with strong math skills who thrive on data and crunching numbers may find a diverse array of jobs available to them when they are ready to enter the workforce. The following are just some of the positions that require math skills, courtesy of the Occupational Information Network, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and CareerCast. • Economist: Economists study and analyze the effects of resources on costs and their relation to industry and government. • Accountant: Accountants are responsible for keeping accounting records and preparing financial statements for businesses or individuals. • Game designer: Mathematics is involved in game theory, and programmers regularly utilize trigonometry, physics and calculus. The same can be said for movie or television animators. • Stockbroker: Stockbrokers purchase and sell stocks, bonds and other securities. Exchanging large sums of money involves a strong command of math.

• Engineer: Mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and civil engineer go hand-in-hand with math. Engineers in various fields perform a host of tasks, including designing equipment and evaluating the adaptability of materials. • Pilot: Navigating, calculating wind speeds and fuel ration and much more are involved in piloting an aircraft. Math skills can be life-saving when pilots have to make adjustments and calculations thousands of feet in the air. • Sports broadcaster: Math is involved in many aspects of sports. Sports broadcasters often must add up statistics on the fly and proficiency in math makes that easier. • Astronomer: Observing, researching and interpreting astronomical phenomena requires a strong understanding of mathematics. • Insurance underwriter: Underwriters rely on math to assess risk as they make recommendations to insurance companies before such companies will issue policies. • Financial planner: Financial planners help businesses and individuals map out the ways to grow their money so they can secure their financial futures. • Actuary: Actuaries measure risk and uncertainty as they evaluate the liklihood of future events occurring as they apply to certain areas, including insurance and pension programs. Strong math skills can provide an entryway into a lucrative and stable career.

• Chemist: Chemists conduct analyses and experiments in laboratories that require qualitative and quantitative computation.

Gearing up for the Busy Season Come Grow With Us at HALO Branded Solutions HALO Branded Solutions is expanding due to our continued sales growth and success. We are seeking the following qualified professionals to join our corporate team in Sterling: • Account Receivable Manager

• Program Implementation Support

• Credit Analyst

• Direct Order Import

• Billing Coordinator

• Program Customer Service Rep

• Customer Service Rep

• Strategic Account Customer Support Manager

• Digital Marketing and Merchandising Specialist

• A/P Coordinator

• Sr. Staff Accountant

• E-Commerce Sales Support Rep

• Tax Accountant - Senior

• Web Design Specialist

• Operations Team Lead

• Inventory Coordinator

• Order Editor 10am-7pm

• Program Coordinator

• Program Implementation Specialist

• Account Manager

All positions require a HS diploma or equivalent; 1-3 years relevant experience and/or training, above-average keyboarding/data entry skills, proficiency in MS Office software programs, good oral/written communication skills, and excellent customer service experience. All newly considered applicants will be required to complete skills assessments on-line. HALO offers an exciting, caring and dynamic work environment. Employees who join us stay here because of our unique corporate culture, opportunities for advancement, competitive wages, extensive benefit package and casual office environment. If you have NOT applied or interviewed in the past, please apply at (no phone calls please) Equal Opportunity Employer: disability/veteran

JOIN THE BIOFORE COMPANY! UPM Raflatac is one of the world’s leading producers of selfadhesive label materials. We supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labeling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. UPM Raflatac is part of UPM – The Biofore Company. UPM Raflatac’s Dixon, IL factory is currently seeking an

Electrical Maintenance Technician to be responsible for all aspects of electrical, automation and mechanical maintenance to ensure proper operation and upkeep of equipment. Requires any combination of education/experience equivalent to an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or related discipline and 5-10 years experience of maintenance work in an industrial environment. Must have PLC experience, an understanding of electrical components and the effective maintenance of highly automated, technologically advanced machinery. Requires ability to read and interpret blueprints and maintenance diagrams for electrical and mechanical components. To apply for this position, please visit careers. You may apply in person at UPM Raflatac, Inc.,101 East Corporate Drive, Dixon, IL 61021. No phone calls, please. EOE

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