Job Searches – Daunting, But Libraries Can Help!

No one likes to look for a job (or, at least, no one I’ve ever met).  And while the Internet is an important resource, do you know the best ways to search for information? And, even more importantly, can you tell which sites are ones to trust?

The Watertown Library is trying to help. We started by setting up a display of books we felt were good resources for those on the hunt. If you’re at the library, this display is located behind the reference desk, before the stairs to the gallery.

In addition to our display, we’re also offering a number of classes that might be useful for those looking to brush up on their skills. Most importantly, we offer a workshop specifically about the online job search once a month. We also cater to those who are not yet comfortable with computers with our “Intro to Computers Class,” and for those who want add some technical skills to their resume, “Intro to Word,” and “Intro to Powerpoint.” These classes happen monthly, and are popular. Space is limited, so be sure check out information on our homepage and sign up before they’re full.

We also have many public computers available to help you with your search. If you’re at the library and the computers are all full, you can make a reservation and one will be available to you in just 5 minutes!

If you’ve had experience with certain programs, like Word and Excel, but haven’t used them in awhile, a good way to remind yourself of what you already know is to check out something like the Step By Step books Microsoft offers.

Are you writing your resume and having a hard time describing your proficiency/skill levels with certain tools, be sure to look at Learning Library Express, one of our databases you can use while at the library. This incredibly helpful site offers practice tests, skill-forming exercises, and courses to increase your knowledge.

Are you not even sure what field you want to work in? Another database we offer, that you can even use from home, is Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center. This site explains what jobs are in high demand, what categories jobs fall into, and even what skills are required to obtain certain jobs in the field you would like to work in.

If you’re not able to attend one of our classes, and want to use the internet for help, just remember, before you spend tons of time writing your resume or cover letter, to take your time and read over lots of good examples, not just one.

If you’re from the area, be sure to use local resources, like Mass Resources, which offers links to employment assistance and job training. Also, check out CareerOneStop for great advice and links on the job search.

If you have a favorite resource, please feel free to share it in the comments, so others can check them out!

Most of all, stay positive and GOOD LUCK!

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  1. Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post!

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