News from the Reference Desk Category: Jobs

New resource: Live online job search assistance

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Mount Prospect Public Library patrons have access to a new resource designed to support every step of the job search process. Brainfuse JobNow is available from any home or library computer and features the following services:  

Live Interview Coaching: Patrons can brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches. Job coaches and patrons communicate via live chat in our online classroom from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST. In addition to live interview coaching, patrons have access to interview tips and career resources. 

Resume Lab: Patrons can submit their resumes any time through the JobNow Resume Lab and a job coach will send it back within one business day with detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement. Users are also able to download resume templates, or browse resources for producing better resumes. 

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Career Resources: Patrons have 24/7 access to a carefully-selected library of job resources. In addition, Brainfuse job coaches help users strategically target jobs best suited to their interests and qualifications. 

Adult Learning Center: The Adult Learning Center provides foundational, career-enhancing skills to job seekers. In addition, the Adult Learning Center offers test preparation (including the GED and the USCIS citizenship test) and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. 

Accessing Brainfuse JobNow requires a Mount Prospect Library Card number and PIN. With questions about Brainfuse JobNow or for assistance in accessing any library resources, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment.       

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. 

Upcoming webinars and community resource for job seekers

Illinois WorkNet American Job Center logoThe North Suburban Cook County American Job Center is a valuable local resource for any residents affected by job loss. One of over 3,000 federally-funded American Job Centers in the nation, the center offers free services to job seekers: assistance with resumes, mastering interviews, connecting with job training and more.

Did you know: volunteer experiences can boost your job search! As an active job seeker, volunteering can offer an opportunity to develop new skills and bolster your interviewing confidence. The North Suburban Cook County American Job Center regularly recruits volunteers, and often finds that job seekers who volunteer their time to the center find themselves landed in a meaningful employment more quickly.

Though the center is currently closed to the public, virtual services are available. Upcoming webinars feature such as working with recruiters, virtual networking, and identifying transferable skills. Webinar registration is available through their monthly evening calendar. 

Connect with all of their available job seeker services.