It’s still possible to find that “perfect job”, even in this economy. The library can help!

Check out the following books:

“Knock ’em Dead 2009: The Ultimate Job Search Guide” by Martin John Yate
“The Job Search Solution” by Tony Beshara
“60 Seconds & You’re Hired” by Robin Ryan

Need help polishing up your resume or interview skills? Take a look at these:

“301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions” by Vicky Oliver
“Resumes for Dummies” by Joyce Kennedy
“No-Nonsense Resumes” by Wendy Enelow

There are many others. Search the ECRL catalog or ask your librarian for assistance. ECRL staff can also point out our “Web Links” page and the “LearningExpress Library” database.

There are many excellent internet sites that can help you in your job search.

—Go to the library homepage:
—Click on the “Reference Desk” link on the left
—Click on “Web Links”, then “Employment”

Minnesota residents may want to pay particular attention to the following sites:

—“Minnesota Jobs
—“Minnesota’s Job Bank
—“Workforce Centers

The library also has access to a very helpful database: “LearningExpress Library“.

With LearningExpress you can polish up your basic math, reading, writing, and grammar skills, take tests geared toward specific careers (military, nursing, civil service, teaching, law enforcement, and more), as well as get tips on effective interview techniques, job search strategies, and writing resumes.

—Go to the ECRL homepage:
—Click on “Magazines & Databases” on the left
—Scroll down to “Learning Express Library” and click on the blue “Learn A Test” link
—New users must click on “register”. You can then create your own, confidential, account and add tests and courses to “My Center”. You can use the database wherever you have access to a computer – home, work, school, or in the library.

Stop by your local ECRL branch library for an introduction to “Learning Express Library”. We have a helpful brochure that will guide you through account setup and taking the online tests. Staff are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Bob Gray
Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian

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