Work on your career during the holidays

As a follow-up to last week’s post about job hunting in December, here are some tips to help you work on your career during the holidays.

Are you searching for what you really want to do? Take some time to determine what type of work you would like to do. There are career exploration books in the library (call #650.14).
If you need help finding books, stop at the Reference & Information Desk in the library.

Do you have a LinkedIn account (https://www.linkedin.com/)? If you need help with setting one up or editing your LinkedIn profile, come to lab or attend our next LinkedIn class at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. (classes for January through March available on or after 12/26/14).

At the very least, set some goals for 2015 so you’re ready to go as the new year begins.

Click the link to read the article:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3039890/how-to-use-the-holidays-to-advance-your-career

Come to the Computer Labs at Poughkeepsie Public Library District for assistance with job searching, email, working with Microsoft Office, etc.

Computer Labs:

Mondays – Fridays 11am-1pm
(Adriance Library STRBA Teen Room)
Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm
(Adriance Library Charwat Meeting Room)
Thursdays 1:30-3pm
(Arlington Library program room)

Job searching in December

While it is important to take some time off to recharge during your job search, December could be the month you find a job so don’t take that break yet.

Less people are searching in December and there may still be budget money available to hire new employees.

Here’s an article about looking for work in December.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/why-december-might-be-the-best-time-of-year-to-get-hired

Come to the Computer Labs at Poughkeepsie Public Library District for assistance with job searching, email, working with Microsoft Office, etc.

Computer Labs:

Mondays – Fridays 11am-1pm
(Adriance Library STRBA Teen Room)
Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm
(Adriance Library Charwat Meeting Room)
Thursdays 1:30-3pm
(Arlington Library program room)

 

Who’s hiring?

This article from marketwatch.com (see below for link) doesn’t have a list of companies that are hiring, but it does have a list of industries where you may be able to find work.

  1. Accommodation and food Service
  2. Educational services
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Mining and logging
  5. Transportation, warehousing and utilities
  6. Wholesale and retail trade

MarketWatch article:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/6-industries-that-cant-find-workers-fast-enough-2014-12-04

Click through the article to see the details for each industry.

Looking for work? Watch out for Job Scams!

An email arrives in your inbox saying that you are perfect for a job. Terrific! Or is it?

As you read the email, you see that you need to apply for a free iPad. Or, they want to ship you items that you repackage and ship outside of the United States.
Or, they want to deposit some money in your account, let you keep some of it and transfer the rest out to another account

These are scams. In the iPad scam, you will likely provide personal information to the scammers that can possibly lead to your identity being stolen. Some scams, like reshipping or money laundering, can get you in trouble with the law.

Some Red flags to look for:
1. Did you actually apply for a job with this company? Keep track of where you apply so you can check back on the company names.
2. Do they address you by name in the email? Not your email address, but your actual name?
3. Did someone from the company sign their name? Any legitimate person from a company will give you their full name, along with their contact information.
4. Does the email come from a company or organization like this: SallySmith@company.com? Or is it from a general email address like SallySmith@gmail.com.
If someone who emails you is actually working for a company that is hiring, they will have a legitimate company email.

For more information on job scams, check these articles:

From the New York State Department of Labor:

http://www.labor.ny.gov/careerservices/scamwarn.shtm

From Job-Hunt.org:

http://www.job-hunt.org/onlinejobsearchguide/job-search-scams.shtml

From Monster.com (reshipping and money laundering scams):

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/money-laundering-reshipping-scams/article.aspx

For help with Job Searching, come to our Computer Labs at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. We can help you determine if an email about a job looks legitimate. We can also help you apply for jobs on legitimate sites.
Click our post from 9/8/14 for information on our computer labs:

http://pokbtop.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/computer-labs-at-the-poughkeepsie-public-library-district/

Get the job even if you’re not the most qualified candidate

While there is always competition for any job, you can stand out from the rest by following some of the tips in this article at Business Insider.

http://www.businessinsider.com/get-the-job-even-if-youre-not-the-best-2014-10

  • Go to job fairs
  • Check into temporary agencies – you never know where a temporary job will lead you
  • Keep learning

We have job, Microsoft Office and many technology classes available at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. All classes are free.
View our schedule here:
http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=POKLIB

Jobs Express shows over 10,000 available jobs in the Hudson Valley!

Have you searched Jobs Express yet?

Click the link below to go to the site:
Jobs Express – New York State Department of Labor
(http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm)

The Hudson Valley region has well over 10,000 jobs listed today (actual count as of this writing – 12,805).

Here is a short article at Mid-Hudson News:

Mid-Hudson News article  about Jobs Express from 10/14/14.
(http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2014/October/14/JobExpress-14Oct14.html)

 

Finding a job through networking

While there are jobs that can be found by applying online, you have a much better chance of landing the job you want through networking.

Click this article title at Job-hunt.org for more information:
Guide to Job Search Networking

This is a quote from the article – “In countless surveys and research, including those conducted by Job-Hunt, networking is the dominant method used by successful job seekers. More than 75% of the time!”

At the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, we have free classes and computer labs to assist you with job searching.

Our partner,  Dutchess One Stop (http://www.dutchessonestop.org/) offers Resume Critique, Job Club and Dreams, Goals, Action! classes at the library.

See our calendar for more information on classes and labs.

 

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