On Monday, December 6th the library offers “Interview with Confidence — How to Interview Successfully While Staying Authentic to Your Individual Style” with Danila Szekely. This interactive program will start at 7:00 pm in the Newton Free Library’s Druker Auditorium . (Take your first left as you come into the building from the parking lot. Then it’s the first door on your left.)
Are you just starting to go for interviews? Have you been doing it for awhile? Are you intimidated or frustrated by the whole process? Do you have questions? If you have had some success, do you have suggestions that might help others? Bring it all to this session. Not only do you have access to an excellent career coach (for free), but you will be able to meet others with the same problems you are having. Not feeling so alone in this process is a huge help when trying to cope with the stresses of a job search.
Our second offering is a class the library offers each month. This month’s class on “Applying for a Job Online” will be held at the Newton Free Library on Wednesday, December 15th, 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 www.newtonfreelibrary.net 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.