News from the Reference Desk Category: Employment

Local resources for job seekers

Between networking, skills development, applying and interviewing, looking for a job or changing careers can be a full-time job. In addition to the resources available from the library, support for job seekers is available from several local organizations: 

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Additionally, local career centers can be a source of support on the job searching journey. Some may require a small membership fee for their services.

Find more resources for the job search on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide. With questions about any of these resources, or to set up a time to meet with a librarian for a resume review appointment, please contact the Research Desk to request a reference appointment.   

Writing a resume with help from library resources

Changes in the labor market mean that many people are looking for a new job or transitioning to a new industry. Getting started with writing a new resume can be overwhelming, and MPPL cardholders have access to some helpful online resources to support resume and cover letter writing: 

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Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – Under the “Explore Career” tab, this database includes a robust resume and cover letter builder, skills assessments, and additional career development tools.

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LinkedIn Learning – High-quality and in-depth, these courses include valuable information about best practices in resume writing in a variety of situations, including switching fields and returning to work after a prolonged absence. 

There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library.  

Find more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide.  With questions about any of these resources, or to set up a time to meet with a librarian for a resume review appointment, please contact the Research Desk to request a reference appointment. 

Resume Builder from Peterson’s Test and Career Prep

Creating a new or updated resume can be overwhelming. The Resume Builder tool available from Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep, available through the library’s website, can simplify the process and give your resume a visual boost. 

To get started from home, select Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep after logging with your library card on the Web Resources page.  

Resume Builder resume exampleSelect “Explore Careers”, then “Career Tools,” and finally “Create a Resume. Creating a login before you get started will allow you to save your changes and make updates at a later date. Once you’ve created a resume or cover letter, download it as a Word document or PDF, or create a link to share with prospective employers.

For more support with creating resumes and cover letters or assistance with accessing any of the library’s Web Resources, contact the Research Desk. More suggestions for library resources and websites to support the job search are available on the job and career development research guide. 

Free tech courses available to job seekers

Computer displaying online learningA technical skills upgrade is one effective way to add valuable, attention-grabbing content to an existing resume. LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft are making several technical courses available for free of charge and certifications in selected skills available at a greatly reduced price for many workers 

LinkedIn Learning has identified ten jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are positioned to grow in the future. They are making ten LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available for everyone for free in 2021.  

The ten role-based learning paths are:  

  1. Software developer – Become a Software Developer
    Sales representative – Become a Sales Representative
    Project manager – Become a Project Manager
    IT administrator – Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification
    Customer service specialist – Become a Customer Service Specialist
    Digital marketer – Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
    IT support/help desk – Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification   
    Data analyst – Become a Data Analyst
    Financial analyst – Become a Financial Analyst
    Graphic designer – Become a Graphic Designer 

LinkedIn Learning has also made learning paths focused on helping professionals come up to speed on soft skills.  

  1. Job seeker – Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times
    Critical soft skills – Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
    Digital transformation – Digital Transformation in Practice: Virtual Collaboration Tools (combination of digital fluency and remote work)  
    Allyship and inclusive conversations – Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All 

In addition, Microsoft Learn is offering free and in-depth technical learning content that also supports these roles and job seekers pursuing developer roles can access the GitHub Learning Lab to practice their skills. 

Industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications are being offered at reduced cost. Exams that normally cost $100 or more will be offered for $15 for individuals who are unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. All exams are available in English, Spanish, French, German, and more. See the website for complete Terms and Conditions. 

Need Volunteers for your Business?

HandsOn Suburban Chicago has opportunities for businesses to post openings for volunteer help. This long-standing organization has a portal for employee volunteerism and nonprofit connections.

Need to fulfill hours for court-appointed service? Scan hundreds of openings to meet requirements in time.

In transition while job searching and want to volunteer in your field of interest? It keeps you tied to the market while you’re looking.

Teens looking to build skills and gain experience will also be considered.