On the (Job) Hunt

Are you looking for a new job, a better job, or a second (or third) job to supplement your income?

If you are currently spending your days searching for a new job then you are probably experiencing the dreaded information overload, especially if you are focusing all of your energies Googling job search advice and pouring over listings in multitudinous job search databases. The internet will most certainly turn up a nugget of wisdom as far as preparing excellent resumes, cover letters or how to fill out those online applications here or there, but who has the time to sift through all of that information?

Why not sleuth out useful resources for job seeking, resume and cover letter writing and interview preparation at the library instead? Here are some of the ways we can assist you in your job searching efforts:

  1. The library has a Jobs & Careers page that includes direct links to various job banks, advice for job seekers,  information about job fairs, and great job search tips (such as how to clean-up your online image so it doesn’t come back to haunt you as you move forward in your career).
  2. Smack dab in the middle of the Jobs & Careers page, you will find a link to the Learning Express Career Center. This free Badgerlink resource offers training and practice exams for a variety of careers, including dental assistant, culinary arts positions, postal worker tests, and ASVAB practice exams. Note: you will have to sign-up for an account with your email to access this content.
  3. Another great resource that reference services staff recently received training on (so Ask Us! We would love to help you!) is the “Find a Job” feature in Data Axle Reference Solutions (Eau Claire Library Card required). The interview advice provides great tips on answering tough questions and there are easy to use templates for cover letters and resumes.

Please feel free to ask Reference Services staff members for assistance using any of these resources. We can also refer you to outside agencies in the community who can offer further assistance when you are searching for work, applying for jobs or pursuing training to move forward in your chosen career. These community agencies include:

Finally, remember that there are a lot of ways to search for jobs, and if you do become overwhelmed with the process, there are many resources at the library and agencies in the community that want to help you. If you have any words of wisdom for job seekers in the Chippewa Valley, please feel free to add them to the comments below.

Now go forth and happy (job) hunting!


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