Career Resources @ Your Library

Looking for a job?  Want to make a career change? The library has many resources to assist you. On our homepage, there is a link to Electronic Resources where you will find three data bases to help you in your job search: Job & Career Accelerator, Learning Express Library and Career Transitions.

Career Transitions will help you prepare a job-specific cover letter and resume, explore different career paths, assess your skills and search job listings. For example, a patron recently created two different resumes using Career Transitions—one for a customer service position and one for a sales position, two area in which he had extensive experience. Job and Career Accelerator puts jobseekers on the fast track to get hired with courses in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and more.

 Learning Express Library will show you how to improve your interviewing skills, how to use social networking for career success and how to create a better resume and cover letter.  There are also practice tests for law enforcement, nursing, civil service, electrician, and plumbing and teaching exams.

In addition to these resources, the library has many books, eBooks and audiobooks to help you write an effective cover letter, prepare for interviews, and find advice on a variety of career-related topics.  Resume Magic by Susan Whitcomb is a giant compendium of advice and before-and-after resume transformations that illustrates professional techniques for resume preparation with actual examples. All the tricks professional resume writers use to create eye-catching, results-driven resumes are revealed in the book.

What Color is your Parachute is the critical resource to help you get back to work.  For forty years job-hunters and career-changers have been turning to this, the world's most popular job-hunting book, confident that each new annual edition will give them the most up-to-date information about the job-market and how to find meaningful work--even in the midst of challenging economic times such as these.  Career expert Richard N. Bolles describes the five strategies most needed to survive, and explains how to incorporate social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter into your job-search. New ideas are wrapped around the familiar core message of Parachute: WHAT, WHERE, and HOW, with an emphasis on finding your passion and identifying your best transferable skills. With fresh insights into resumes, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation, and how to start your own business, this book will give you the tools, exercises, and motivation you need to find hope, land a job, and fulfill your purpose in life.

The library’s website also has links to classified ads from Monster, Indeed and New Jersey Career Center, to name, a few as well as links to the Department of Labor website where you can file your unemployment claim. You can find these links by going to our website and clicking on the green button at the top that says “Web Links by Subject”.  Once that link is open, click on “Employment” to see the full list of resources.

- Yolande Z.


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