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Job hunting at the library

Job hunting at the library



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

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