Start your job hunt at the library—September 4, 2009
Are you currently unemployed? Perhaps you have lost your job due to downsizing or a business closing. Maybe you are simply part of the current national trend of supply outweighing the demand. Job seekers may have to develop a strategy and use all resources available at this crucial time. Looking at the “Wanted” list may show what jobs are available, but materials at the Hastings Public Library highlight more options and can give you tips on landing a job.
In her book “Fired to Hired: Bouncing Back From Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now,” Tory Johnson says that one of the most important steps to getting back on your feet is to work on your attitude. First, try to get every benefit that you can when you leave a job, such as an extension of medical coverage and use of an outplacement service if the company offers the service. To avoid delay or denial, do not waitJanuary 25, 2010 Finding a job becomes your job. Johnson continues with suggestions about networking, job applications, interviewing, overcoming setbacks and much more.
Take action immediately using the book “Win Your Unemployment Compensation Claim” by Lawrence A. Edelstein. Edelstein’s book covers the laws in all 50 states. Tom Morton gives suggestions about how to handle the initial crisis, manage your finances and constructively use your time in his book “The Survivor’s Guide to Unemployment.”
Books about writing cover letters, resumes and interviews are available, also. The book “The Geek’s Guide Job Hunting” by Linda J. Beam may be a perfect fit for a white-collar worker. If you choose to follow the trend of available jobs, use sources such as “Applying for Federal Jobs” by Patricia B. Wood or “Government Job Applications and Federal Resumes” by Anne McKinney.
Times are tough for job seekers. Materials at the Hastings Public Library can get you started and on the path to success.