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Searching for Jobs: Your Library Can Help!
By Betsy O'Neil, Reference Librarian
July 14, 2010
Looking for a job? Find help at the Natrona County Public Library.
NCPL is a rich resource for those searching for employment or exploring career options. Your library provides books and DVDs on employment-related topics, computer classes and online resources, as well as professional assistance to find the information you need. All of these resources are available at no cost to county residents.
More and more, searching and applying for jobs occurs online. According to a 2007 survey by The Conference Board, 73 percent of workers who searched for a job used the Internet.
Your library offers free computer time and internet access that can be used for the job hunt. If you have your own laptop, bring it in and connect with our free wireless service. Printing and faxing services are available, as well as basic computer classes on a variety of topics.
One of our monthly classes, “Job Search Skills” helps job seekers learn how to sign up for a free email address, create a resume from a template and conduct a job search online. Upcoming classes will be held Saturday, July 24th at 10 a.m. and Thursday, August 19th at 4 p.m. Stop by or call the library at 577-READ to sign up for any of our computer classes.
The library also carries many books and DVDs on job seeking topics like how to write a resume or cover letter and interviewing tips. Some of our newest additions include:
*“What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers” by Richard N. Bolles
*“Over 40 & You're Hired!: Secrets to Landing a Great Job” by Robin Ryan
*“Resume Magic and Cover Letter Magic” by Susan Britton Whitcomb
For those frustrated by a long and unsuccessful job search, the following books may help bring new ideas and renewed hope:
*“The Job-Hunter's Survival Guide: How to Find a Rewarding Job Even When ‘There Are No Jobs’” by Richard N. Bolles
*“Make Job Loss Work for You: Get Over It and Get Your Career Back on Track” by Richard S. Deems
There are many books to help choose or change careers. Did you know that roofers, paralegals and child care workers are among the fastest growing careers currently? Find out about more promising careers in these new books:
*“150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs” by Laurence Shatkin
*“Top 100 Careers Without a Four-Year Degree” by Michael J. Farr
*“225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers” by Michael J. Farr
Our free online resources can be helpful in the job search as well. Learning Express Library, available from home or the library, is packed with helpful practice tests and tutorials for job seekers. Practice for a variety of licensing and degree tests necessary for specific jobs or further education, such as the GED, CDL or Law Enforcement exams, among many others.
Librarians are always available to help you navigate our online resources, give recommendations and help job seekers move closer to their goals. Call 577-READ or visit the library to learn more.
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