Looking for a job?

I was talking to a friend this week about how you can get a little depressed if you live in this area of Virginia.  Jobs are in short supply, and this region seems to keep winning the cup for highest unemployment in the Commonwealth.[1] That’s really not a prize we want to take home.

My job is all about connecting people with the information they need, and in the field of job searching and workplace skills, we like to think we can really help.  Obviously, we have a considerable selection of books in our collections that help a job searcher navigate everything from the cover letter to the resume to the interview and the thank-you note.  We even have books providing advice for those who have degrees in the humanities [yes, English majors CAN get hired], as well as for those who have been fired and are trying to start over.

I’d like to highlight an online resource we have, too.  It’s called Learning Express.  Often we recommend this to students because it provides a considerable number of practice tests for everything from the GED to the GRE.  But it has begun to beef up its resources for job seekers, and I think it truly has something to offer.

The section of this online resource called job search and workplace skills offers sections on business writing; job search, resume, and interviewing skills, and additional help for those who are not native English speakers.  Under each of these categories are several resources–e-books as well as practice tests–that will help a job seeker prepare.  It even includes a book on public speaking.

I just worked with one job seeker on his resume using the tips we found in “Goof-Proof Resumes and Cover Letters” and by the end of our time together, his resume was significantly improved.

Give this resource a try.  You can find it by going to our webpage, www.pcplib.org.  Click on the “Research” tab at the top of the page, and then on “Homework Help” near the bottom.  Call us if you need help setting up a login and password.

Meanwhile, my friend with the new resume has an interview on Thursday.  Maybe he can help us NOT win the cup for highest unemployment in this next quarter.

[1] http://www.bls.gov/ro3/valaus.htm

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