Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Your Library as a Job and Career Resource

When looking for a job it's important to take advantage of all the tools and resources available, including online job boards, career blogs and web sites, and networking opportunities.

Be sure not to overlook one of the best resources in your community: the public library.
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Your public library likely has many resources to help you find a job, start a business, seek out educational opportunities, or advance your career. Below are a few of the resources you might find at your local library.

1. Digital career products. There are many subscription-based products (such as Gale's Career Transitions) available to library card-holders that provide a wide-variety of information and data for job-seekers.

2. Career books, ebooks, and audiobooks. There are many informative and inspiring books you can seek out at your library to help you give an edge in your search or in advancing your career.

3. Career workshops or networking opportunities. Many libraries offer free workshops on various career topics, such as job-hunting, resume writing, or networking.

Another great thing about the library is that many of its resources are available to you through your computer at home so you don't have to go to the library to take advantage of all it offers. But talk to the librarian at your library and you'll likely discover many more resources at your disposal.

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