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Expert recruiter Gretchen Thompson to give tips on employment during free workshop


MISSION VIEJO, Calif.–Recent college graduates looking to land a job will be able to get tips from an expert recruiter during a free workshop in Mission Viejo on Tuesday.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 51 percent of college graduates found a job in 2007. Three years later, only 21 percent of recent graduates landed a job.

With that in mind, the Mission Viejo Library applied for a grant to help recent college grads in their job search, city spokeswoman Kelly Tokarski said.

Recruiter Gretchen Thompson will lead the 6 p.m. workshop in the Mission Viejo Library’s Friends community room at 100 Civic Center. To sign up, e-mail the library or call (949) 830-7100, Ext. 5105.

Thompson will discuss the top 10 skills employers look for, marketing yourself, identifying skills and talents, targeting organizations, creating a resume, preparing for a job interview and closing the deal, Tokarski said.

Thompson has written about job searches the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Working Woman, as well as for a 10-part ABC series. She was a career counselor at Illinois State Employment Development Department and UCLA, where she worked with undergraduate, graduate students and alumni. She formerly held a position as a senior human resources manager for RAND and Toyota USA.