Thriving In a Stalled Economy: Searching for Jobs: In Print
In this economy, many people are searching for jobs. One of the best resources out there is your local library! Mid-Continent Public Library provides multiple resources and personnel that can help you in your search for the perfect (or any) job!
One of most used techniques for job searches is the newspaper. While many people are no longer subscribing to local newspapers, the library still does. This source is a way for local and national businesses to advertise jobs, job fairs, and training seminars that can help you on your search.
Thriving In a Stalled Economy: Searching for Jobs: Online Job Boards
In this day and age, more and more job postings are available online. The library is a wonderful resource for access to Internet and simple assistance on choosing a job board.
For those who are new to the job search, a job board is a place where businesses can post their job openings for those looking for jobs to search. Many job boards are industry specific, but most offer a variety of jobs openings in all levels, industries, types and locations.
My coworker recently brought one of MCPL’s Career and Education Databases to my attention at our monthly staff meeting. It’s called Career Transitions, and "is a complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process of assessing strengths and interests, exploring different career paths, compiling a resume, and searching job listings.
We go to extra lengths to pay attention to the needs of those who visit at our branch. Many customers have been using our Internet computers, Wi-Fi, printer, fax, and copiers to assist with a job search. I wanted to be sure to let you know about other things we have that can help out job seekers in their search.
Although national unemployment numbers are on the decline, that fact does not help if you are still one of the millions looking for a job. Don’t panic, there are many books that can be checked out at the library to help you write a resume and secure that job interview.
Need help with a career change? Have a job fair to go to? Need a new resume? The Employment & Career Guidance Subject Guide is the place to start. The subject guide list books, research databases, websites, DVDs, and government information sources.
When we think of looking for a new job, often times what comes to mind first is heading to the nearest convenience store to grab a newspaper for the classifieds. Did you know, however, that the library has a huge selection of online databases and websites designed specifically to help you look for your new job, all of which are free to you as an MCPL cardholder? And here's the best part: You don't even have to leave your house to use them!
Listening to the news this morning, I was once again reminded of the unfortunate individuals that have been laid off or those that have lost their jobs in some way. With Missouri’s unemployment rate at 7.2, I wondered how we stacked up against the other states. I found out that we are about in the middle. There are also those young people that have graduated from high school or college with the dreams of that perfect job. They, too, are entering the work force, but are unable to find employment.
The Huffington Post says, "53.6% of bachelor’s-degree holders are either jobless or under employed."
College students have always had the perception that if they go to class and get good grades, they will get a degree and good paying job. That isn’t the case, especially anymore. With the downfall of the economy, college students are finding it harder and harder to find a job. (Job seekers with 9 years of experience in a field will take an entry-level position for less pay, just to get a job.)