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Presentation for the New Jersey Counseling Association 2011 Conference at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

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    Job hunting at the library Job hunting at the library Presentation Transcript

    • Amy Armstrong, MS, NCC New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference
      • Provide an overview of Job Search Central at The New York Public Library
      • Highlight job seeker services and resources available through libraries as well as government resources
      • NYPL housed the Job Information Center (JIC) at the Mid-Manhattan Branch until 2009
      • In April, 2010, the JIC reopened as Job Search Central at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
      • Free one-on-one career counseling
        • No library card required
        • New York State residence not required
      • On-site access to databases for career exploration and industry research
        • D&B Million Dollar Directory
        • Reference USA
        • Vault Career Insider
      • 50-minute appointments
      • Volunteer coaches with background in counseling, social work, human resources or a related field
      • Offered most hours the library is open including evenings and Saturdays
      • After work and lunch time programs
        • Resume Writing
        • Networking
        • Coping with Job Search Stress
      • Librarian Facilitated Classes on databases
      • Wide range
        • Ship’s captain
        • Plasterer
        • Wall Street Executives
        • Musicians
        • Editors
        • Writers
        • Teachers
        • Nurses
      • Ethical Dilemmas
        • Confidentiality
        • Volunteers with private, fee-based practices
      • Resistance to the idea that career counseling is more than filling an information need
      • The long tradition of the sign-up sheet
        • Sessions repeatedly interrupted
        • WWIII between librarians and coaches over who should deal with booking appointments
        • Personal information available to anyone saying he wanted to book an appointment
        • Tampering with the schedule
        • Illegible names and numbers
      • Genbook.com
        • http://job-search-central.genbook.com
      • Originally free; now subscription based
      • Three free appointments
      • After appointment #3, client could continue to see the coach as a paying client or be referred to another coach or free service
      • Librarians
        • Know which databases are available and how to access them
        • Skilled at navigating databases and explaining features
      • Career Counselor
        • Support planning and goal setting
        • Help the job seeker use information strategically
      • If you want to do some information-giving of your own
      • Originally designed as a resource for librarians
      • Workforce Resources on WebJunction
        • Links to helpful programs for job seekers
        • Webinars on a variety of free resources and initiatives
        • Unemployment insurance information
      • Sponsored by the Department of Labor
      • Information includes:
        • Links to state job banks
        • Job seeker tools
        • Education, training, and certification information
        • Salary information
      • Can seem overwhelming
        • Try it yourself and share your favorite features
      • The Very Quick Job Search , Michael Farr
        • Lots of information on managing time during a job search and specific tips
      • The Pathfinder , Nicholas Lore
        • Good alternative to Parachute
      • How to Find Your Dream Job and Make it a Reality , Jason McClure
        • Worksheets and exercises
    •