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For some Naperville residents, a new year means the hope of a new job, but just what are those opportunities? And will the necessary skills correlate with those seeking the positions?

Tom Schindel of Naperville was laid off last March and has been been searching for nine grueling months.

The Community Career Center in Naperville recommends positions that are most likely to be hiring at this time, such as those in the health care sector, green energy positions and federal jobs. One problem, they do not require his skill sets.

“It’s very difficult out there, I’ve been on a few interviews and most of the interviews I get I’m either over qualified or not qualified,” he says.

While this is a problem many job seekers are facing, Amy Webber, Executive Director of the Community Career Center, offers some advice.

“It’s networking, networking, networking, most of the jobs today are gotten through who you know and it’s really about putting yourself out there and being aware of the opportunities as they come up.”

While being aware of the opportunities is half the battle, Dennis McCann of the People’s Resource Center says the other half is,

” to seek out training while maintaining themselves with contract work or with temporary work.”

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois has lost 380,000 jobs since the recession began in December 2007, and the current unemployment rate in Illinois is just under 11%.

“Employment recovery is on the way,” says Greg Rivara of the IDES, “but it’s a few years off still.”

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