August 5, 2010
The September class for “Applying for a Job Online” will be held at the Newton Free Library on Thursday, September 30, from 2:30 t0 3:30. 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 what we do in class. 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.
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.” 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 screenshots. You may have to wait for a second or two for the screenshots 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.
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May 25, 2010
In both the print and online versions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, you will find key information you need when deciding on career choices and alternatives. Do you want to expand your options in a current career, jump to a related job, or switch completely? The Occupational Outlook Handbook can help you make an informed decision. Each occupation based article has sections that describe the nature of the work; training, other qualifications, and advancement; employment opportunities; job outlook; earnings; related occupations; and sources of additional information.
The online version has much more information for the job hunter if you know where to find it. The rest of this article will show you where to look and what you will discover, On the homepage of Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/oco/) look down the left frame until you see “Special Features” (just above the search box). Click on it. The top two categories are of special interest to job seekers.
The first, “Sources of Career Information” categorizes useful sites into several subject areas. Take a look at them. Pay special attention to the State Sources heading. Here you will find the states listed in alphabetical order. On the Massachusetts site provided, please note that you do not have to register. You can skip the user name and password at the top of the screen. Choose a city or fill in a zip code at the bottom of the screen. That gives you full access to all of the site’s information.
The second option under “Special Features” is “Finding and Applying for Jobs and Evaluating Offers.” Again, take a look at the headings listed here. Under “More Information” it suggests you visit us, your local library. It also provides links to five articles from Occupational Outlook Quarterly. All in all, there is a treasure trove of information here provided at no cost from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can take the information at your own pace, checking out a little or a lot.
You can find the print copy of the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook in the reference stacks of the Newton Free Library. Look for the call number R 331.7 O15O. You can find the online version on your home computer at http://www.bls.gov/oco/.
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.
February 5, 2010
“The commercial Internet is now over 10 years old, and it has become a richer, but also a more complex and potentially dangerous environment. Don’t ignore the Internet in your job search, but keep your guard up. Identity theft is a major problem, and [job-hunt.org has] been warning job seekers about it since 1999. In this environment, you are responsible for protecting yourself. Verify before you trust!“ Both the article and the above introduction were by Susan P. Joyce, editor and publisher of job-hunt.org. Click either here or the logo above to link to the article.
February 5, 2010
If you need to find information on employment law, check out the website for the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. This site recommends both printed material and websites to search. Many suggested websites require their library card for access. Any Massachusetts resident is entitled to this library card. The Trial Court Library website explains what you need to do to obtain a card. Once you have a card, you can use it to access the websites that interest you. You can also borrow books from any one of their seventeen branch libraries. To start searching either click here or the picture to the left.