News from the Reference Desk Category: Employment

Re-entry Help

Do you know someone who is reentering the community after having served time in prison?
Below are some resources that may be helpful.

Illinois Re-Entry Resources 
A website for people returning home from prison, created by the Education Justice Project and Chi Hack Night.

Safer Foundation One of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records.

Prison Fellowship 
Trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration.

Ear Hustle
A Podcast that brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared by those living it.

old life, new life signs

 

10 Impressive Questions to Ask in Your Job Interview

One of the most potentially stressful moments for people during job interviews is when they’re asked if they, themselves, have any questions for the interviewer. We’ve all been there! Experience shows that interviewees who are prepared with something are usually less stressed out about it, and have a better chance at impressing the potential employer. But which question is the RIGHT question? CLICK HERE for a great offering and analysis of ten useful questions any job seeker should keep in his or her pocket for that next interview.

Worried about an Employment Gap?

When you’ve been unemployed for a while and starting the job search/interview process, this “employment gap” can be worrisome and stressful. What is the best approach in explaining it to potential employers? Is there ANY good way? Well, the folks at CareerBuilder feel your pain, and have offered some tips and strategies for how to deal with this increasingly common issue here.

Get help with the Adult Career Center

Are you currently looking for a job? Need some help writing or polishing your resume? Want to brush up on your interviewing skills? Well MPPL has a resource for you! The Adult Career Center–found in our list of Web Resources at mppl.org–is the job/career side of Tutor.com, and offers a variety of services for job seekers including resume review, live career counseling and even interviewing tips! Simply login and authenticate with your MPPL library card, then create your own personal Tutor.com account to get started. Some features are available around the clock (like resume review–just submit it and an expert will review and reply with feedback within a few hours) while others are only accessible between 2-9 p.m. As always, research librarians are here to help you get started, so give it a try!

Access to Online Courses

Gale Courses

Never stop learning.  Whether you’re looking for college-level, professional development, or personal enrichment courses, Mount Prospect now offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

Gale Courses offers access to online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere, any place. Other benefits include:

  • Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline
  • Gale Courses is easy to use; you use your library account to sign up and log in
  • With six-week courses, you can join programs year-round

Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone:

Career & Professional Development: Many courses are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations. Examples include: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing.

  • Computers & Technology: Courses cover all skill levels from beginner to advanced, even focusing on specific software applications. Examples include: Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and The Internet.
  • Personal Enrichment: A wide array of courses truly offers the opportunity to transform lives, whether related to hobbies, education, or life resources. Examples include: Children, Parents, & Family, Digital Photography, Health &Wellness, and Test Prep.

Contact us at reference@mppl.org to learn how you can benefit from this great resource.  Or visit http://mppl.org/webresources/gale-courses/ to get started.