“A wonderful introduction to the wide array of Internet job opportunities” and “a very positive experience” is how two recent patrons of the Mamaroneck Public Library describe classes to guide users through the many resources available to those looking for work.
For anyone pursuing a career change, interested in an educational opportunity, or looking for a new job, Westchester Library System offers two important online resources to aid in job searching. Mamaroneck Library is currently conducting classes to instruct cardholders how to use these tools.
Here is a brief introduction.
The resources: WEBS (WLS Career and Educational Counseling Service) and Job and Career Accelerator (from Learning Express) are available at the Westchester Library System homepage: www.westchesterlibraries.org
On the WEBS opening page users will find links to Programs, Counselors, Career Links, Career Books and Videos and Education Search.
Programs – Several times throughout the year, the library system offers 8-week Career Development Seminars: Managing Your Career in Changing Times and Take Charge! Career/Life Planning after 50. Additionally, individual workshops on topics including resume development, interviewing, job searching and more are offered at county libraries. Notices about workshops are found here.
Education Search – This Westchester schools database allows users to search for education at graduate, undergraduate and vocational levels. Users can search by school name (most Westchester institutions are on the list) or by educational subject. If a subject search is done, schools that offer related classes are retrieved. Location, contact information, costs, application procedures and programs are detailed, and users will find links to the school website.
Career Books and Videos – This link takes patrons to Bibliographies (book and media lists/pathfinders) that can be searched by subject. When books are selected, hyperlinks will take users to the library catalog where they can view details and place reserves.
Career Links – This is a comprehensive listing that is well worth exploring. Searching can be done by selecting categories (company information, government occupational resources, job banks, etc.) or by viewing all categories (recommended). There is a tremendous amount of information to explore at this link. Here are a few highlights:
- Company/Industry Information
Fortune 500 – Here users will find articles including 100 best companies to work for. This article describes the companies and also contains a link to who is hiring.
- Government and Occupational Resources
CareerZone – Offered by New York State, this is a place to take an aptitude test. When users select character traits that best describe themselves, the site will generate a list of possible career choices that can be explored. Career choices that are retrieved will display information about tasks involved in the chosen career, skills, knowledge and education needed, wages, job outlook and more. The site will also link to New York State schools that offer courses needed for the chosen profession and Jobs in NY (link in the title bar on top of page). There are many job seeker resources at this site that are worth exploring. Users can create an account and portfolio to store information about their job searches.
- Job Banks – A large listing of assorted job banks, some quite career specific. Look for the Westchester County Jobs link here.
- Specialty Sites – Among the many great resources here are:
Coolworks – a job search engine for great summer employment
Connectmoms - careers for professional mothers
Higher-edjobs – positions at colleges and universities
Idealistorg - job opportunities at non-profit organizations
TriStateJobs – jobs in the NY/NJ/CT region
Job and Career Accelerator (From Learning Express)
This comprehensive resource is a one-stop career development tool. Users can register, create a user profile, take an assessment test, explore careers, update education and skills, create resumes, explore interviewing techniques, learn to write cover letters, track job search progress and more. The job search acts as an aggregator, finding jobs that are user specific from national and international job search engines. This resource is fabulously user-friendly, offering tutorials and job tips to aid users in their searching.
Library patrons who have attended a training session or used the various resources appear pleased with their experiences. Catherine Thomas, who is looking for more consultant work, notes: “The class is a wonderful introduction to the wide array of Internet job opportunities provided by Westchester Library System. I am particularly happy with the wide range of jobs included, such as part time and consulting. These resources will be very helpful to me with future job searches.”
Frank B. (who for privacy reasons preferred to use only his first name) adds that he found the class to be a very “positive experience.” He finds it rewarding to be taught a “new and easier way to look for work.”
If you are interested in exploring these tools with a librarian, call 698-1250 ext. 28 to register for a class. Classes are two day seminars. The library will be offering JobJourney classes on Tuesday and Thursday 6/22 and 6/24 and Tuesday and Thursday 7/27 and 7/29.
Lori Friedli is head of Adult Reference at the Mamaroneck Public Library.