Job hunting at the library


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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

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