Thursday, September 22, 2011

Looking for a Job?

As reference librarians here at the Central location of the Austin Public Library, we help countless people every week find a job. We help people write their resumes. We help people decipher the maze of applying online. We help people learn new skills for this very competitive job market. We help guide people to the many available resources on job searching. And finally, we love it when people come back to us and tell us that the help we gave them helped them land a new job.

If you're out there in blog land, scouring the Internet for job resources, search no more. The reference librarians have created four very lenghthy information guides to help you fetter out the mountains of career paths you can choose, uncover the hidden job market, find those job listings, write an excellent resume, and excel at the interviews you're going to land.

We know getting a job should be as easy as filling out a job application, going in for an interview and getting the job. But, it's not. You need to read everything you can, learn the ins and outs of your choosen career path, and shine among often hundreds of job applicants. Read through the following information guides, I would be surprised if they didn't help.

Jobs Information Guides
: Career Guidance
: Hidden Job Market
: Job Searching
: Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews

If all of this reading is overwhelming to you and all you have is a simple question, come to one of our job labs here at the Central Library. We have them every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 on the 2nd floor. Friendly librarians and volunteers will help you with such details as traversing those online applications all the way to learning how to insert formulas in MS Excel. You have a question? We'll have an answer. If we can't find the answer, we'll find someone who can.

Good luck and don't forget to write a thank you note after your interview!

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