Category Archives: Tip of the Week

Jobs Express shows over 8,800 jobs in the Hudson Valley!

To view the current jobs in the Hudson Valley, click http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm, then click Hudson Valley Region.

Or, you may click the links in the table below – sorted to show most jobs available to least jobs available (note: type your zip code in the top banner to narrow the results).

Title Positions
Sales and Related 1640
Office, Clerical and Secretarial 920
Transportation and Material Moving 733
Computer and Mathematical 718
Management 681
Healthcare Practitioner and Technical 660
Business and Financial Operations 502
Food Preparation and Serving Related 383
Healthcare Support 295
Installation, Maintenance and Repair 283
Community and Social Services 264
Architecture and Engineering 251
Life, Physical and Social Science 237
Construction and Extraction 207
Arts, Design, Sports, and Media 190
Protective Service 185
Production 180
Personal Care, Service, and Gaming 153
Farming, Fishing and Forestry 118
Building/Grounds Maintenance 114
Education, Training and Library 84
Legal 18

For help with Job Searching, filling out applications, or just general computer help, come to the Computer Labs at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District:
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)

Are you applying to too many jobs?

Looking for and applying for jobs is your job if you are out of work. If you are applying for job after job and no interviews or job offers are coming your way, you may need to refocus your job search.

Some ideas on spending your time wisely can be found in this article:
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/06/16/how-much-time-should-you-spend-on-your-job-search

Another article that explains how to narrow your search:
http://www.lutherwood.ca/employment/jobs-blog/are-you-applying-too-many-jobs

Do you need technology skills for jobs? We have workshops in Basics of using a computer and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access).
Classes are all free and listed here. Registration is required for all except  Labs:
https://pokbtop.wordpress.com/computerjob-class-descriptions-january-2-through-march-31-2015/

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

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)

 

Computer labs at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District

At a computer lab, you can ask specific questions about using computers, set up an email account, learn to use email, apply for unemployment, work on your resume, search and apply for jobs, or practice what you’ve learned in a class.

We have several computer labs throughout the week. You can quietly come and go as needed during the lab time.

Most online job applications require that you have an email address. If you are applying for a job and do not have an email address, we can help you set up your own free email address.

Applying for one job can take up to 1 hour if you already have an email account. Plan for another 30 minutes if you also need to set up a new email account.

Computer lab days/times (all labs are at the Adriance Library unless noted):

Mondays
Tuesdays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Thursdays
Fridays
11am-1pm
11am-1pm
6pm-8pm (evenings)
11am-1pm
11am-1pm
1:30pm-3pm (Arlington Library)
11am-1pm

Word 2010 – Selecting words or paragraphs

Word 2010 – Selecting words or paragraphs

When you are working in Word and want to format text, you will need to select the text before you can apply text formatting (text formatting options are in the Font group on the Home tab of the Ribbon).

Word 2010 - Font Group
F
ont group

Many people know that they can click the mouse and hold it down while dragging through the text (usually referred to as click and drag).

There are other ways to select text that may be easier and faster. There are several ways of accomplishing these tasks.                              Find what works for you!

To select: Do this:
One word Double-click the word (works throughout Windows programs and the internet)
Several words Click and drag
One paragraph Triple-click anywhere in the paragraph (if you move the mouse before the third click, you will have to try again)
Entire document Ctrl-A (keyboard combination – press and hold the Ctrl key, press and release A key, then release Ctrl)

For more information: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/word-help/select-text-HA102338121.aspx

Most of our tips and tricks also apply to Word 2007 and Word 2013

Watch out for scams!

Have you received a strange email from the IRS or from EZ-Pass saying that you have a bill to pay? They are scams.

How about a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft saying that your computer has contacted them? Another scam.

If there is a problem with your tax return, the IRS will send you something in the mail. They do not conduct business via email. The same is true for EZ-Pass. And, Microsoft is not monitoring your computer.

Read this article from Consumer Reports on some of the current scams. Be wary of anyone asking you for personal information via email, phone, or even in person.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/08/watch-out-for-these-impersonation-scams/index.htm