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If you like unusual cars and you like unusual wines, plan on parking yourself at the Knauz Classic Car Museum at the Knauz Auto Park in Lake Bluff from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, for Career Resource Center's second annual wine tasting and fundraiser, "Uncork Opportunities!"

Attendees will sip boutique wines selected by the connoisseurs at Viva le Vine, Libertyville, and will enjoy a private viewing of Knauz's collection of classic cars. There also will be music, light bites, and live and silent auctions. All wines will be available for purchase, with a percentage of the proceeds going to CRC. Tickets are $35.

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"We have some fantastic auction items, including behind-the-bench Bulls tickets with parking and a six-course dinner for six people in the wine cellar at Café Pyrenees," said Jan Leahy, executive director. "This will be a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend and help job candidates secure employment."

Over 24 years Career Resource Center, a regional nonprofit employment resource, has aided nearly 12,000 job candidates with an 80 percent success rate. Each year approximately 1,000 jobseekers from the Chicago metropolitan area and southern Wisconsin take advantage of CRC's comprehensive services that feature private coaching by industry professionals, as well as group education and training sessions.

Services are individualized, results-focuses and affordable. Jobseekers represent a wide range of professions and levels of experience, including recent college graduates and women returning to the workforce. Most jobseekers are unemployed professionals affected by downsizings, mergers, company closings and relocations.

CRC is noted for its one-on-one sessions with advisers who are top-notch, highly experienced executives who volunteer their time because they are committed to helping those in job transition.

"One of the best things the advisers at Career Resource Center did was show me I could create a position for myself by repackaging my skills and experience, and marketing them to a company so they would create a position for me," said one successful candidate.

CRC also offers programs on creating compelling resumes, preparing for interviews and using social media effectively. There also are networking sessions facilitated by outside professionals that are open to the public at no charge.

"When CRC opened in 1990, it was a religious outreach mission designed to address the needs of professionals affected by the 'white collar' recession," Leahy explained. "But the need for our services continues and to remain relevant, CRC evolves in response to the ever-changing economy and needs of job candidates. Our goal is to be known for enhancing the process of securing employment through relevant, results-focused services."

Jobseekers who take advantage of CRC services will gain a competitive edge and become better equipped to market themselves and remain positive. For information, visit careerresourcecenter.org or call (847) 295-5626. CRC is located on the Grove Cultural Campus at 40 E. Old Mill Road, Lake Forest.

Embracing best practices and new technology -- without diminishing the "personal touch" -- has resulted in a history of successful and satisfied members.

CRC's strength is in energizing and empowering jobseekers and helping candidates navigate the process with relevant, proven, job search strategies. CRC professionals focus on helping job candidates optimize their search efforts and maximize their results.

A cadre of more than 125 volunteers and a diverse base of donors make it possible for this nonprofit to keep fees affordable.

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