November Job Search Programs at the Newton Free Library

Photo taken by vea The Curious Genealogist

Newton Free Library October 2010

On Tuesday, November 16th at 7:00 pm the library will be sponsoring an interactive forum on Networking for Career Connections with Tammy Gooler Loeb.  It will be in the Druker Auditorium (immediately to your left as you come over the bridge into the building from the parking lot.)

Making  connections through networking is key, whether you want to enhance your career or find a job. Have you been thinking you need to sharpen your existing networking skills? Do you need to find out how to develop them from scratch? Or are you uncomfortable with the very idea of networking? Many people find this particular aspect of the job hunt overwhelming.  Whatever your concerns, you couldn’t have a better guide to mapping out your networking strategies than Tammy.    This two hour session will give you the opportunity to gain practical knowledge that will be of real use in your career or on your job search. For more information, click on the title of the program in the first paragraph above.

This month’s class on “Applying for a Job Online” will be held at the Newton Free Library on Thursday, November 18th,  from 2:30 t0 3:30. The class is located in the library’s computer training room on the second floor near the top of the front staircase. There are only ten computer stations so we ask you to call us and register to save your place.  The phone number is 1-617-796-1380.

The class covers the use of several online databases, gives tips on dealing with applying for a job online, and shows in detail how to change your formated resume into plain text.  Having a plain text copy of your resume is critical when you want to send it in the body of your email or when you need to cut and paste it into an online job application. There is a large amount of material to go over, so classes can sometimes run overtime.  You will be given handouts of everything covered in class. You should be able to  follow the handouts and  do at home most of what we do in class.

Copies of the handouts have recently been added to the library website.    If you live too far away to come to class, you should still be able to put the handouts to good use.   Click  here to get to them directly. This brings you to the “Class Materials and Other Resources.” To get here from the Newton Free Library homepage, go to and put your cursor on the “Services” option near the top right of the page. Then choose “Computer, IT & Classes.”  Near the bottom of the list that appears is “Class Materials and Other Resources.”   Click on it. Handouts 3, 4, and 5 have been completely updated as of June 11th.  Handout 6, “Saving a Resume to Plain Text,” was updated on June 4th.  All contain instructions combined with screen shots. You may have to wait for several seconds for the screen shots to download.  Click on each handout to look at them online.  Feel free to print  out any of interest.  If you teach a job search class, you may use any of this material if you credit the source.  See the end of each handout.  If you have any difficulty downloading a handout in Internet Explorer, try it in the Mozilla Firefox browser.

There is a third program I would like to mention. Although this talk is not specifically geared to job searching, if you are curious about social networking in general and Facebook specifically, you might want to come to the library’s Drucker Auditorium (immediately to your left as you come over the bridge into the building from the parking lot) on Monday, November 8th at 7:00.  John Walsh, the Assistant Head of Reference, will present ” Demystifying Facebook and Social Networking.” This is the perfect place to come if you’ve got questions about Facebook.  It’s an even better place if you don’t have a clue about what questions to ask.  At some point you may run across a book or an article about using Facebook in your Job Search.  This program will give you a head start in understanding what Facebook and social networking are and how they work.

3 November 2010/vea
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.


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