By Katy Pattison
Factories close. Stores go out of business. Service industries reduce staff. The headlines are common today. When the employer and the job are your own, however, the news is painfully personal, and the decisions difficult. Among agencies that can help is your Christian County Library.
Brush up on your computer skills and make yourself attractive to potential employers with our free Library Community Courses. Classes are offered year round. On Saturday, January 29th from 10 to 12am, the library will present in cooperation with the Missouri Career Center “Job Search Success”. Learn the proper way to fill out job applications, create resumes and cover letters, and ace job interviews, plus the best strategies for finding a job. Registration is required. Call the library at (417)581-2432 to sign up or inquire about the full Library Community Course schedule.
You’ll also want to check out our Job Resource Center, accessible with your Christian County Library card from our databases page at http://christiancounty.lib.mo.us/databases.html. Here, you’ll find hundreds of Springfield area job listings and articles on job searching, plus an easy search option to research the companies to which you’re applying.
The Christian County Library also carries dozens of popular and useful books to guide your job search or help write or refine your resume. Harvey Mackay’s Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door, available from the library as an internet-accessible eBook or in traditional format, uses humor and quick chapters to convey useful tips and help you make a game plan to get a job or improve your position with your current employer.
Want to try social networking tools in your job search? Check out How to Find a Job on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Other Social Networks. Authors Brad and Debra Schepp lay out the basics of using each social networking site to market yourself to employers so that even novice social network site users will feel like experts.
Over 40 and You’re Hired by Robin Ryan provides job hunting tips for baby boomers, including an overview of how to use the internet to find and get jobs, how to update a resume, and how to get back in the job market after a gap in employment.
Finally, the Christian County Library has computers you may use for online job searching and resume creation, and knowledgeable staff who can help you find the information you need.