News from the Reference Desk Category: Jobs

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!

Talk to Your Teens About Money

It’s the time of year when many of us make decisions about our employee benefits for the coming year–“open enrollment” season. The Office of Financial Education, a part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, offers this sound advice:

You can guide your children in finding the financial help they need

The financial world of today isn’t the same world you grew up in. New services and choices are being offered all the time. For your children to navigate the new financial world they’ll face, they need to know when to seek out information and how to evaluate it. Your children need practice making money choices, and they could use your guidance. At this age they may be earning some money of their own. Now, as you make benefits choices for next year, think about including your teenager in your decision-making process. You can help your teenager think about how to use information to make a good decision. If you have benefits fact sheets or Web sites from your employer, sit with your teenager and go through them. Talk through the questions your child has, and ask a few questions of your own:

  • What is the most important thing to think about for the family’s health care? Why?

  • Have there been any changes in the family since last year that could make a difference to health care? To insurance? To flexible spending dollars?

  • What could be the advantages or disadvantages of having benefits deducted from your paycheck, compared to paying the costs on your own?

  • How trustworthy is the information you receive? How would you look for further information?

You don’t have to do anything you wouldn’t do normally, when you make your benefits choices. Just by showing your teens how you approach enrollment, you’re helping them practice the decision-making process before their own paychecks are at stake. For more ideas, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/parents.

Affordable Care Act to Create Temporary Jobs in Illinois

Approximately 800 temporary workers will be needed to help consumers apply for coverage, and will answer questions and explain differences between the insurance policies offered on the new online marketplace. They will help consumers figure out if they’re eligible for Medicaid or for new tax credits that will help many people pay for coverage.

Job applications are being collected online and anyone hired will get three days of training about health insurance, enrollment rules and other complicated aspects of the health law. Illinois must act quickly to be ready for Oct. 1, the first day of enrollment for the law’s new insurance opportunities.

Each in-person counselor must complete state and federal training and a fingerprint-based background check to become certified by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The training involves one day of online work and two days of in-person education.

If interested, please apply at: http://workinillinois-healthmarketplace.jobs/