Special Guest, Chicago Educator and Businessman Stedman Graham, to Share Lessons on Career Empowerment with Local Job Seekers

CHICAGO, December 1, 2009 — The largest private university in North America and the U.S.'s largest online job site are teaming up to help Chicago job seekers with a career fair that goes above and beyond just offering job opportunities, by focusing on identity, career and education through an interactive career fair and workshop. Attendees will have access to professional resume writers, image consultants and networking experts to help them retool their job-hunting approach and make themselves more marketable to employers.

Best-selling author, educator and businessman Stedman Graham will lead a session where he will share how his systematic approach to success, based on advancing life goals and aspirations, can help people become leaders of their own lives. Graham will also attend a special breakfast with University of Phoenix alumni and students.

University of Phoenix and CareerBuilder's "Build Your Career" event will take place on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at the downtown Marriott, located at 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. The career fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and include leading employers such as Leo Burnett, Aflac, Chicago Bancorp, TCF Bank and H&R Block, among others. The interactive session led by Stedman Graham will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. followed with a question-and-answer session.

"We are under critical economic times and University of Phoenix is committed to helping Illinois resident's positively change and navigate their career paths," said Michael Kaley, vice president for University of Phoenix Illinois campuses. "At University of Phoenix, we support our students by offering a wide array of full degree programs, personal encouragement and success coaching to bridge the gap between who Illinois residents are today and who they want to be tomorrow."

"This is one of the toughest job markets in the nation's history," said Randy White, General Manager of CareerBuilder Career Fairs. "A key way to be successful in your job search is to repackage your skills and experience for a variety of employers, so you can maximize your visibility. Our fair will have experts on hand that can help job seekers build a stronger resume, prepare for interviews, expand their networks and pursue further education to open the door to new opportunities."

While attendees make the rounds to meet with recruiters, they can also visit career makeover stations for one-on-one advice:

  • Regroup - Creating an Image and Developing Presence: Learn the keys to help you make an impactful first and lasting impression. Ensure that the image you convey during your interview not only reflects your authentic self but also is consistent with the "image" you convey through your résumé.

  • Refresh – Microsoft Office Tech Tips: Get a refresher on the latest version of Microsoft Office, learn how to build an impactful résumé in Word, use PowerPoint to present yourself, take away tips for Excel and bounce questions off a skilled software trainer.

  • Rebuild - Interview and Resume skills: Find out how to create a resume that best represents who you are, create different versions of your résumé to give yourself flexibility to respond to different jobs in the shifting marketplace, plus the do's and don'ts of social media as it relates to your resume.

The Chicago "Build Your Career" Fair is the last in a series of career retooling events being hosted by CareerBuilder and the University of Phoenix featuring Stedman Graham. Other events included one in New Orleans in October and one in Charlotte in November.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending August 31, 2009, 443,000 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

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CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset – their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States, with more than 23 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 32 million resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from employment branding and data analysis. More than 9,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.