Help for Job Seekers from the Massachusetts State Website

November 17, 2010

The state of Massachusetts offers help for job seekers in various sections of its online website.  I would suggest starting with the Job Seekers section of Labor and Workforce Development. Click here to find this.  Take a look at the headings and explanations to see which of these categories will be most useful to you.

Two key sections that you should definitely read through here are “Career Centers” and “Job Hunting: Information to Help You.”  Under “Career Centers,” you will find free classes that give you the opportunity to learn or to hone computer and  job searching skills. “Job Hunting: Information to Help You” is a treasure trove of useful material.  It includes advice on everything from resumes, networking, and interviewing, to tips for completing an online application. (If you are already trying to cut and paste your resume information into an online application or email and are having trouble, you may need to change your resume from formatted text to plain text. This is not covered on the state site. To learn how to do this, click on the Newton Free Library list of class handouts and open number 7.)  

When you are going through the Massachusetts offerings, as with anything on the web, use your judgment.  If you are not comfortable with a recommended site or with launching your resume onto an online posting site, don’t use it or do it.  The state lists craigslist.org as one of a number of recommended sources.  Personally that would be a site I would hesitate either to use or to recommend.  (See new posting above regarding craigslist.)  To learn more information about posting resumes, click here.

One additional site is the state’s  job blog.  Called Commonwealth Conversations, you can find it at  http://jobs.blog.state.ma.us.

If you want to check the main site for Massachusetts state government, go to http://www.mass.gov.  Here you will find a whole range of state services and information. To maneuver your way around the site, you can scroll down to the very bottom right corner and click on Site Map.  You can also check the A-Z Subject Listing near the top right of the website.

Good luck on your job hunt.

17 November 2010/vea
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.
http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
http://jobsearchchatter.wordpress.com


Stats, Coaches, and Help for a Tight Budget

July 16, 2010

Taken by the Curious Genealogist at the Newton Free Library

Recently (July 4th) the New York Post had an interesting article regarding career coaches–where they come from and what they do. It’s worth a look here. ( This is a print version rather than the web version.  It’s easier to read, but you may have to cancel out the print button when it comes up.)

The piece included three sobering facts that appear in article after article.

1. “Today’s workers will run through at least 10 jobs, three careers, and two layoffs between college and retirement.”

2. “90 percent of all jobs come through networking.” (Face-to-face and online)

3. The big five [social media networking sites] are Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, and blogs.

What do you do with all of this information?  First you can hire a good career coach.  Finding one is going to be the subject of another blog.  To start off, though, you could sign up for an account in LinkedIn. It is free. (There is that social media networking again.  See number 3 above and the posting on this blog about LinkedIn.)  You will not only find career coaches here, but the people who have used them and how successful they have been.

The problem today is that individuals have limited monetary resources.  It is good to remember that a number of helpful free lectures and classes are available in the Newton area.

You may have already met two local career coaches here at the library. Tammy Gooler Loeb and Danila Székely have donated their time and skill giving lectures in the Job Seeker Series that was held here.  They will be participating in a new series that will start in October.  You can learn more about these coaches and the programs they have already given by typing “Tammy Gooler Loeb” and “Danila Szekely” into the Google Search box near the upper right of the library’s home page. Do not cut and paste Danila Székely.  For some reason the accent mark throws off the search engine and nothing comes up.

 Clicking on the following entries will bring you to more information on other free offerings in the Newton area. If you live outside our geographical area, check the offerings at your own local libraries.

 Newton Free Library

Minuteman Libraries Helping Job Seekers

Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers

If you do not live in Massachusetts and need to find a One-Stop Career Center in your area, click here.

Charles River Public Internet Center

Most of their classes cost between $50 to $120 per class.  But the center does offer a free one-on-one tutoring program that provides basic instruction on e-mail, Internet navigation, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel.  The sessions run from 1/2 hour to a full hour.

vea/16 July 2010
Newton Free Library 
Newton, Mass.  
http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net


Minuteman Libraries Helping Job Seekers

February 16, 2010

A number of libraries in the Minuteman system offer help that is specifically designed for people who are job hunting.  The libraries are listed below with links to their job related web pages.  Some pages take longer to download than others.

Acton Memorial Library

Click here to see Acton’s “Resources for Job Hunters”.

Bedford Free Public Library

Click on Bedford’s “Jobs and Career Resources” site here.  Don’t forget to look at the right side frame for additional information.

Framingham Public Library

Framingham includes a number of resources.  You can drop in for help with both your resume and with computers.  Click here for more information.  Three handouts that may prove very useful are Job Resources at the Framingham Public LibraryWriting an Effective Resume, and Helpful Job Searching Websites.  Click on each title to see the handout.   These pamphlets are in pdf,  so make sure you click the down arrow to see the second page.  If you print them out, make sure you use the pdf printer icon and not the one you usually use with your browser.

Waltham Public Library

Check Waltham’s Job Hunting Resources here.  Do not forget to also check Waltham’s calendar for other programs or groups relating to job hunting.

Winchester Public Library

To check classes being offered by Winchester, click here.  Also check their calendar for rescheduled classes.


Employment and Training Resources Schedule of Workshops

February 6, 2010

ETR offers both career and computer classes at their three full-service career centers in Newton, Norwood, and Marlborough.  These classes are free and they full up quickly.  Click either here for a link to the class schedule,  locations, and what you need to do to sign up.


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