Two Hour Revamped Job Searching Class Offered on Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

November 26, 2012

There were two changes that were requested by a number of those who attended the library’s one hour afternoon classes on Applying for a Job Online.  The first was that it should be longer.  One hour was not enough time.  The second was that the class should be offered in the evening when more people could attend. The library listened.

This Wednesday, November 28th, the Newton Free Library will be offering a two hour “Introduction to Job Hunting and Resumes Online.”  It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening in the computer training room on the second floor of the library.  If you are frustrated in your search for work and feel you need additional help, please give this class a try.  Even if you have been to one of the earlier classes, you will find new insight and suggestions in this restructured class.  John Walsh, the Assistant Head of Reference, will be teaching the class.  I was his backup in the talk he did on Optimal Resume this past September.  Trust me, it will be two hours very well spent and it will not be boring.  What you take away could just give you the edge you’ve been looking for.

If you would like to attend, please call (617) 796-1380 to register, or speak to a Reference Librarian at one of our information desks.  Pre-registration is required.  However, if for some reason you cannot call, still come. There is usually room for one more.  Often, even when a class is full, one or two people who have pre-registered do not make it. Come. Learn. Enjoy.

vea/26 November 2012
Newton Free Library                                                                                                                                                                                                                          330 Homer St.
Newton, Mass.
http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
https://jobsearchchatter.wordpress.com

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Applying for a Job Online Class Now Available to Anyone Anywhere

December 16, 2011

I have recently done a thorough revamping of the “Applying for a Job Online” class at the Newton Free Library.  Class materials are available online to anyone who needs them from any Internet connected computer, both for teachers and for job hunters.  If you are looking for a job, I would encourage you to look at the Handouts, especially handouts 8 – 10 relating to plain text.  This is the single most commented upon part of my class by the patrons who attend.  In all my classes, I have had only two people who even knew what plain text is and it is critical if you have to cut and paste parts of your resume into the body of an email or into an online job application.  Check out handout 8 to find out why.  Take a look at the other handouts.  They are all in Microsoft Word 2003.  You can also take the class using the PowerPoints if you have the PowerPoint program on your computer.

If you are a teacher,  you can use the handouts in conjunction with the PowerPoint presentation or independent from it if you do not have this program.  Before I taught myself how to use PowerPoint, I was using the Word documents for my screen shots.  I just had them in a file on the computer and pulled them up from there.

Whether you are a teacher or a job seeker, I would encourage you to read below.  This is a detailed explanation how to use the class materials all together, or as separate entities, or as a springboard for ideas for your own classes.  The bottom line is helping people get jobs.  The only thing we ask is that you give the Newton Free Library credit when you use our work in any presentation.  It would also be deeply appreciated if, where possible,  you would provide a  link to us either at http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net and/or at http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/jobs.

How the Class Works: This class has become predominantly a demonstration class rather than interactive. For various reasons, including limited time and much to cover, this has been the most efficient way to proceed. The handouts listed below are critical to this process. Many are composed with screen shots to the left and text boxes with instructions to the right. It is the handouts that the students take home and use. There is a handout for everything that is covered in class (Handouts 4-10 below).  This allows the student to begin their introduction to a range of job search sites and operations in class, then to go home and begin using what they need.  It should go without saying that questions are always encouraged during class as well as any point thereafter.

Class structure: The PowerPoint presentations for this class are in eight parts. The first is a general introduction to looking for work. This includes basics you need to know plus tips to help you with your search online.  What follows that are seven presentations.  These include using key databases and a website, accessing job information on the Newton Free Library’s Job LibGuide, explaining and then creating plain text in Microsoft Word and/or Google Docs, and, lastly, a bit more about networking, online networking (Web 2.0), and blogs.

Having the PowerPoint presentation in sections gives a teacher more options. It makes it easier to change the order of the presentation.  A class can be done with some sections running “live” off the Internet and some from the PowerPoint.  If a class was needed just on plain text resume creation, those sections could be used as a stand alone.  Having the entire class available on PowerPoint also allows the class to be held even when the Internet connection is down. (How many of us have had to cancel classes because there was suddenly no Internet connection?)

The seventh PowerPoint, on the different types of networking is an expansion on two screens included in the general introduction. In this PowerPoint I have included three additional screens/slides outlining very basic steps for networking. This allows teachers to cover networking in a little more depth when the need arises. As with all the other PowerPoints, networking also has a handout.

There have been a number of questions in class about Social Networking (Web 2.0) and blogs.  I have created a separate PowerPoint for those who would like to go into this subject with a little more depth than allowed in the main presentation.  All the PowerPoints together would take more than an hour to show.  This, again, allows for more options within a particular class.  You get to pick and choose.

Changing the Presentation:  I have designed this class so that other teachers will have maximum flexibility using the material. This is the reason I have divided the PowerPoint presentations into sections rather than linking them into one unit.  If you are considering using them to teach, you can easily change the order to one that works best with your particular classes. If you want to spend more time on each section, this also allows the class to be split into multiple sessions. Changing the order or extending the number of sessions can work very well, depending on how you want to reinforce the material.  If you have developed your own online job search aids, you may want to use only a section or two of what I present here.  Time and class makeup are factors in deciding how much or how little material you wish to cover.

Most Popular Segment: The PowerPoints that explain and show how to create plain text get the largest positive feedback from my classes. In all the classes that I have taught, I have had only two people who knew what plain text was, let alone how to use it. I usually show this section last.  It is a complicated process that, once completed, makes the job seeker’s life much easier.

There are now two versions.  I have always had a step-by-step PowerPoint and handout for creating plain text in Microsoft Word.  However, not everyone has access to this program.  I have now added a second version (both in PowerPoint and in the handouts) for changing formatted text to plain text in Google Docs.  This word processor has the advantage of being free and, therefore, available to everyone.  Although I personally think Google already has too much of our information, I have to admit that they do most things well, usually keeping the end user in mind when developing programs.

Whether the instructor uses only one or both depends on the needs of the class and the time allotted.  I have also separated out the section that explains what plain text is and why people need it.  This allows the teacher to use this one PowerPoint and just give out the two versions of the handouts if time is extremely limited.

PowerPoint Setup, Handouts, and Permissions: Each PowerPoint presentation is set up with the screen shot on the left and the instructions on the right, as opposed to a full screen shot with instructor’s notes. I tried both versions in my classes and participants preferred a combination of both that they could see on the screen. Moving arrows/pointers are embedded in each screen leading from the instruction to the section of the screenshot I am referring to. Each arrow is triggered by a left mouse click. You can use this information to teach a class or as a jumping off point to plan your own class.  We just ask that you give credit to the Newton Free Library for what you use.  If you do not have access to PowerPoint, you can print out and use the handouts. They have the same information as the PowerPoint presentations. The class, the handouts, and the supplementary material were created using Microsoft Word 2003 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 on Windows XP.

Supplements: The supplementary material includes lists, websites, and other items that the class members should find useful, but does not necessarily have to be printed out.  Students can just be referred to the online web addresses. The one supplement I have included just for the teacher is a sample for a certificate of attendance.  Some attendees will need the teacher to fill this out if they are on unemployment and need proof that they were attending a class or lecture.

Note: All links below are to the same page, the LibGuide homepage.  You will find the PowerPoints, Handouts, and Supplementary Materials listed with links in the right frame.  I have linked each item for the convenience of those people who click on only one or several of the items listed below.

The Class

Goals of the Class

To show how to use computer resources in a job search by:

Pointing out some of the problems inherent in applying for a job online and explaining how to solve them.

Discussing some of the various types of job search information available both in print and online.

Showing some of the many resources where you can find job listings.

Demonstrating where to find and how to use information made available through the Newton Free Library in your job search.

Explaining what plain text is, why it is necessary in a job search, and how to create a plain text resume step-by-step.

I.    Looking for Work: PowerPoint

          Three Rules for a Successful Job Search

            Rule # 1  Do your homework!

            Rule # 2  Network online and in person

            Rule # 3  Have one formatted and one plain text resume prepared to  use online.

What you need to know:

The job search vocabulary

Where to find job information

            Newspapers

            Job Banks

            Networking

How to research a company or industry

The three ways to apply for a job online

        On site Job Kiosk

        Via Email

         Online Job Application

How to Stay Safe Online

II.  Using Key Databases and a Website: PowerPoint

          Hoovers

          RefUSA

          General Business File ASAP (InfoTrac)

          The Occupational Outlook Handbook

III.  Accessing Job Search Information Using the Library’s Job LibGuide: PowerPoint

IV. What is Plain Text and Why Do We Need It? PowerPoint

V.  Creating Plain Text Using Windows XP and Word 2003:  PowerPoint

VI. Using Google Docs to Change Formatted Text to Plain Text: PowerPoint

VII. Finding Work Through Networking: PowerPoint

VIII. Web 2.0 and Blogging: PowerPoint

IX. Handouts: Word Documents

Handout 1 – Current Library Job Programs and Lectures

Handout 2 – List of Handouts and Supplementary Material

Handout 3 – Evaluation Form [This is the only item returned to the Instructor.]

Handout 4 – Copy of PowerPoint Presentation – Looking for Work*                            

                              4a – Three Ways to Apply for a Job Online

                              4b – Basic Job Search Vocabulary Explained

Handout5 – How to Use Key Databases and a Website

Handout 6 – Accessing Job Search Information Using the Library’s Job LibGuide

Handout 7 – Networking

Handout 8 – What is Plain Text and Why Do We Need to Use It

Handout 9 – Using Microsoft Word to Create Plain Text from Formatted Text

Handout 10 – Creating Plain Text from Formatted Text Using Google Docs

Handout 11 – Sample of the Word and the Plain Text Resume Used in Class

Handout 12 – Schedule of Classes at the Newton Free Library                                   

X. Supplementary Materials

Supplement 1 – Books to Help With Your Job Search  Listed by Category

Supplement 2 – Website List: Annotated and Categorized

Supplement 3 – Key Class Websites

                  a. Employment and Training Resources —   Schedule of Workshops

                  b. Charles River Public Internet Center      

                  c. Mass Trial Court Law Libraries’ Web Page on Massachusetts  Employment Law

                  d. Staying Safe Online: The Dirty Dangerous Online Job Search Assumptions

                  e.  How to Copy and Paste Your Resume to Monster.com Safely  

Supplement 4 – Certificate of Attendance

vea/created 24 February 2011/updated 16 December 2011
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.
Website: http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Blog: https://jobsearchchatter.wordpress.com
Applying for a Job LibGuide: http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/jobs


September Offerings for Job Seekers at the Newton Free Library

September 8, 2011

Newton Free Library Parking Lot Entrance

SERIES PROGRAM:  The first of eight programs, Reinventing Yourself in Today’s Economy,  is being presented on Wednesday, September 14th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Newton Free Library’s Drucker Auditorium.  It is part of the Library’s Job Seekers, Career and Professional Development Series being offered from September though May.  There will be two speakers, Danila Szekely and Tammy Gooler Loeb, both career coaches.  For a complete list of topics and dates, see my blog posting dated July 27th, 2011To find the Drucker Auditoriumtake your first left after you come into the building from the parking lot. Then it’s the first door on your left.

This first program is being given by career coach Danila Szekely.  The presentation will include tools, suggestions, and exercises to help you progress to the next step in your career.  Whether you are working within your chosen career, looking for another position,  or seeking an entirely new job in a different field, the information provided here may prove useful to you.

CLASS:  The second September offering will be my Applying for a Job Online class being held on Thursday, September 15th, starting at 2:30 pm. The class can run over it’s 3:30 deadline depending on various factors in each class.  It must be over no later than 4:00.

How to Get to the Computer Training Room: The class is held in the computer training room on the second floor near the front staircase.  When you come off the staircase go straight.   There will be a reference desk on your right.  On your left you will pass a statue who’s back is to the study rooms.  Straight ahead will be the computer training room. If you come from the front elevator (on your right just before you get to the first floor Children’s Room) take a left as you step out of the elevator on the second floor then go straight and follow the directions as though you have come off the staircase.  This room is open for use when classes are not in session.  Hence the 4:00 deadline.  Patrons will be signed up to use the computers from 4:00 pm onward.

Class Content: The class covers the use of several online databases, gives tips on dealing with applying for a job online, and demonstrates in detail how to change a formatted resume into plain text.  Having a plain text copy of a resume is critical when it needs to be sent in the body of an email or to be cut and pasted into an online job application. There is a large amount of material to go over.  This is one reason a class 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.

CLUBNow in its eighth year, “Women in Career Transition” will meet on Tuesday, September 20th, at 7:30 p.m. in Room A.  The meeting room is in the group of rooms directly across from Druker Auditorium.  The purpose of the club is to provide information, share concerns, and give support. It’s a great networking opportunity.  It is led by Joyce Picard, a Career Counselor.  If you are interested or have questions, you may call her at 1-617-969-5673.

vea/8 September 2011
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.
http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
https://jobsearchchatter.wordpress.com
Applying for Job LibGuide


Newton’s Job Search Class Now Open to Anyone, Anywhere (Plus a Few Extras)

June 9, 2011

The Process:  Over the winter I have been updating, refining, and adding to everything related to the library’s “Applying for a Jobs Online” class. Just as this was completed, Newton purchased a new software package called LibGuides.  Since it takes time to learn to use it, our Assistant Head of Reference, John Walsh, took the material that had been created for the class and created a design for it. Once everything had been put together, I went through the Guide again, updating and tweeking it, learning how to use the program at the same time.

The Result:  If you have Microsoft PowerPoint and Word on your computer, you now have direct access to the library’s class materials no matter where you are located.  If you don’t have these programs, you can still access a wealth of information  in the LibGuide by clicking on the tabs at the top of the Guide.  Under the first tab on the left (Home) you will find contact information for the library, for me, and for John.  There is a brief explanation of the guide in the center.  The material in the right frame gives you you  complete access to all the PowerPoints, handouts, and supplementary materials I present  in my class.  If you are interested in using any of this,  I have two requests.  First, read the syllabus at the top of the list. You may not need everything that you find here.  Second, give credit where credit is due. Tell people where you got the material so they can use it too, if they like.  That’s it.

Tips on Content:  Make sure you check out the tabs.  Besides presenting information on the Library’s Online Career Center and this blog, you will also find RSS feeds, book and website recommendations, as well as  information on several databases that can be used for job and company research.  Especially important is Handout 8 on Plain Text, located  in the right frame of the Home page, and the tab above on “Applying Online”.  The handout gives you step-by-step instructions (screen shot by screen shot) for changing formatted text into ASCII/plain text as well as explaining why you need to do this.  Clicking on the tab will give you information on using online job applications as well as plain text.

Interested?  Just click on LibGuide: Applying for a Job Online.

Let me know what you think. Whether you are looking for a job or helping others become reemployed, good luck. I hope you are able to put this material to good use.

Ginny

vea/ 9 June 2011
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.
http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
https://jobsearchchatter.wordpress.com
http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/jobs


November Job Search Programs at the Newton Free Library

November 3, 2010
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 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.

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.
http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
https://jobsearchchatter.wordpress.com


Job Search Class for September and Access to Handouts

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.

vea/updated 16 August 2010


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