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Five Good Reasons Your Job Search Starts at the Library

For many people looking for work, the current job market can be intimidating – especially if you haven’t ventured into that territory for several years.
Reducing the stress of a job search means knowing where to turn for assistance. Here are a few reasons why any job seeker’s plan of action should have the Park Ridge Public Library at the top of the list:
The best online resources.  At the Library you’ll find listings of recommended websites for job seekers, as well as Premium Resources that are only available with a library card. These include Learning Express, which offers tests and tutorials for polishing your skills, and other sites where you can research companies and industries.
Extensive print resources. Not all useful information can be found online, and having easy access to current books, periodicals, newspapers, and other print media can assist with everything from career exploration to resume writing.
Computer classes and online tutorials. Having an edge in the job market means constantly updating your tech knowledge. The Library offers classes that cover Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as the latest media trends.
Workshops and classes just for job seekers. Every month we host the Job Seeker Workshop, led by volunteers from the Illinois Worknet center. This hands-on event offers resume and cover-letter advice, strategies for job searches, and help for mastering interviews. We also teach Job Hunting on the Internet, a great introduction on how to use the significant resources available online.
Public computers. Library workstations give you access to the 2007 version of Microsoft Office products, as well as to online job boards. Black and white printing is available for 10 cents a page.
Librarians are always on hand to assist you in finding the best tools for your search. The next Job Seeker Workshops will take place on Friday, February 14, and Friday, March 14. The next Job Hunting on the Internet class will be offered on Saturday, March 8. 
For more information or to register please call (847)720-3230. 

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