News from the Reference Desk Category: Web Resources

New resource: Live online job search assistance

free online resume review, get personalized feedback on your resume

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.       

New Web Resource: ConsumerLab

ConsumerLab.com is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests in comprehensive reports at ConsumerLab.com. Since its founding in 1999, ConsumerLab has tested more than 6,600 products, representing over 950 different brands and nearly every type of popular supplement for adults, children, and pets.

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. 

Minding your money with library resources

There is a lot of economic news to keep track of these days. If you’ve got your mind on your money, the library has some helpful resources to put those economic indicators in perspective. 

These databases are freely available from any public computer in the library, or from home with your library card. 

Value_Line_wr_iconValueline: This investment research service creates reports on stocks and mutual funds, including their popular one-page reports.  

 

Morningstar_wr_iconMorningstar: The premier source for mutual fund information, Morningstar is known for their comprehensive star ranking system.  

 

weiss iconFinancial Ratings Series Online (Weiss): Find information about investments as well as ratings for banks, credit unions, Medigap plans, and much more.

 

The library also has a number of financial newsletters available in the Business Section. 

For more business and financial resources, visit the Business and Financial Research GuideWith questions about accessing these or any of the resources available from the library, or to schedule a reference appointment with the Business Librarian, contact the Research Desk. 

O’Reilly offers new business and technology titles

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A new and notable web resource is available for patrons to use at the library or from home with their library card.
O’Reilly for Public Libraries offers current and popular titles in the fields of technology and business. Patrons looking to expand their technical and career skills will be particularly interested in checking out this resource.    

The collection, which features more than 50,000 e-books and 30,000 hours of video, can only be viewed through the O’Reilly for Public Libraries website.


O'Reilly Playlists

Included in the collection of titles is most of the popular “For Dummies” series. Looking for a deeper dive in to a specific topic, such as Blockchain or Business Strategy? O’Reilly for Public Libraries offers expert-curated playlists on subject including machine learning, cloud computing and software architecture.

Try searching for other specialized technology and business subject areas such as:

  • Data Engineering 
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Amazon Web Services 
  • FinTech 
  • Team Management and Leadership 
  • Stock Trading 
  • And many, many more. 

As always, if you have questions about accessing this or any of the resources available through the Web Resources page, contact the Research Desk.