News from the Reference Desk Category: Jobs

New year, new job?

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If finding a new job is on your list of goals for 2023, check out some of these library resources: 

Join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual program, Job Search Essentials for 2023 to find out what you need to know to be prepared for the current job market. Gene Flynn of the Barrington Career Center will discuss current trends and share strategies for successful career moves. Topics to be addressed include applicant tracking systems, virtual interviews and why networking hasn’t gone out of style. Register here. 

On Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. hear from Lauren Milligan of ResuMAYDAY about how to strategically and effectively use your LinkedIn profile to enhance your job search and career development. Registration is available for LinkedIn 2.0: Advanced LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers, a virtual program. Register here. 

Resume review is available by appointment to Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders. Contact business librarian Angela Baker abaker@mppl.org to set up an appointment. 

Get one-on-one support from a live, online career coach in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and more through Brainfuse JobNow. Login with your library card number and PIN to access live sessions, available 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CST. Online resume review is available within one business day.   

There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library and more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide. For assistance in accessing any of these library resources, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment.       

Resources for the job search

Looking for work, changing careers, or preparing to return to the workforce after an extended pause can be overwhelming. The Mount Prospect Public Library has resources for career development available for job seekers no matter where they are in their career path. 

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Brainfuse JobNowJob seekers can get help from a live, online career coach to support resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and more. Live sessions are available 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CST. Additionally, resume review is available within one business day. 

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Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – Under the “Career Resources” 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. Add new tech skills to your resume after completing a LinkedIn Learning course.

Resume review is available to Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders by appointment. Contact the Research Desk to make an appointment. 

There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library and more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide.   

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.