Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Job Hunters and Career Changers

Various people in different careers. Words: Jobs & Careers
Ask anyone who is looking for a job or wants to change careers and I'm sure they will tell you they feel exactly how I felt when engaged in this process. It was overwhelming and felt as if the search itself was a full-time job. I remember graduating and not realizing how long the job search  process could take, nor what resources were available to help my search. My job search started all over again when I decided that I was going to go back to school and change my career path to library science. After shadowing a librarian at Silver Spring for an afternoon, I knew I wanted to work at MCPL. I so enjoyed the helpful staff and the customers of all ages with their myriad of fascinating information and reading questions. So of course I was over the moon when I got the call from the MCPL that they were offering me a position at the Wheaton branch as a children's librarian! We want you to have that same over the moon feeling about landing a job or making a career change and we're excited to share with your resources to make that happen!

Online Resources
Looking to gain more skills to leverage your expertise on your resume or at your interview? With Gale Courses you can take highly interactive, instructor led courses entirely online. There are a wide range of courses to choose from including accounting, business, computer applications, design, legal, teaching, technology, and writing. There are discussion areas where you can communicate with your classmates and instructor. It is a great way to gain skills to enhance your resume or stand out in a an interview.

Job search symbols. Words: Job Search
Thinking about college, graduate school, law school, or need to take a career exam? Testing & Education Reference Center has over 300 practice tests and courses online. Included are practice tests and help for career exams such as Accountant/Auditor, American Foreign Service Officer, Cosmetology, Firefighter, Nursing, Postal, Real Estate, Teaching, and more. Need help building a resume or advancing your career? Their resume builder has over 1,000 brainstorming phrases and career modules that cover subjects from career change to salary negotiations.  Their Virtual Career Library has valuable tips that cover areas such as changing careers, creating resumes, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and networking skills.

Looking to develop your technology, computing, and business skills? Safari Books Online offers you current e-books in those areas. Some examples are Java, the web, mobile, photography, graphic design, engineering, math, science, statistics, and more.The e-books contain the complete content of over 8000 books, with charts, graphics, and cut-and-paste code segments.

More Job Hunting and Career Changing Resources
Jobs listings and magnifying glass. Words: Jobs
In addition to our valuable online databases, we have other resources to help you search for jobs locally and nationally. We also offer job hunting books as well as resources to help you create resumes,  cover letters, and prepare for interviews. Thinking about a career change but not sure what career fits you best? You can explore career options with online resources and books. Two local employment assistance centers are WorkSource Montgomery and the state of Maryland's Professional Outplacement Assistance Center. Both provide services for teens, adults, seniors, and veterans to help them find fulfilling job opportunities. If you have lost your job, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations offers unemployment insurance. If you've lost your health insurance coverage, help is available. To learn more about companies you are interested in working for, try our company research resources.

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Computers and WiFi
Computer keyboard and tablet with job application.
If you need computers or WiFi to create resumes and apply for jobs, you can do that at our branches. Computers for public use are available in all MCPL libraries, except Noyes Library for Young Children. You can print from these public computers. All libraries provide WiFi access. Laptops can be borrowed for in branch use at select locations. If you need help learning how to use computers we offer many computers classes.

Jobs & Careers at Montgomery County and MCPL
And, of course, Montgomery County Government, including MCPL, offers a wide variety of exciting and fulling career opportunities that you should be sure to explore. MCPL also offers part-time shelving jobs.

We're excited to help you meet your job and career goals by connecting you to the resources you need!


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