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July 23, 2008 > InfoBrain: Jump Start Your Career at Your Library

InfoBrain: Jump Start Your Career at Your Library

By Pat Iannucci, Reference Librarian, Union City Library

Looking for a new job, or career? The Alameda County Library is here to help you find the resources to meet your goals. All branches have public computers with free Internet access as well as Microsoft Office for writing resumes and cover letters. Practice and improve your skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Library has books (some with software) on careers as well as many test preparation books, such as the U.S. Postal Exam, ASVAB, and CBEST.

With the Learning Express Library database, accessible from the Library's website, you can practice taking tests online and get immediate scoring. It includes civil service, CBEST, ASVAB, GED, post office, law enforcement, EMT, nursing, and real estate exams among others. The database is accessible at the library or from your home computer with a valid Alameda County Library card. On the Alameda County Library's home page, (www.aclibrary.org) click on "Articles and Databases" on the list under the Research Guide then select "Test Preparation."

If you are considering a new career, The Occupational Outlook Handbook, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is available in print and online (www.bls.gov/OCO). The handbook describes jobs, working conditions, education and training needed for the jobs, wages, and future job prospects. The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance covers choosing and starting a career, career descriptions, making career transitions, job training, applying for a job, and finding a job. This resource is available at the Fremont Main Library and the Union City Library.

National job search sites provide a wide variety of information including resume writing, interviewing, job fairs, and job listings. Here are a few to help you get started.
Indeed (www.indeed.com) searches job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages. You'll also find information on job trends, salaries, and forums. Simply Hired (www.simplyhired.com), Job Hunt (www.job-hunt.org), and Employment Guide (www.employmentguide.com ) are other similar sites.

Looking for a job in high tech? Dice (www.dice.com) is designed specifically for technology and engineering professionals, enabling them to perform highly targeted job searches based on specific criteria, including location, type of employment, and keyword. The job postings available in the Dice.com database are from both technology and non-technology companies from many industries.

Want state and local resources? Cal Jobs (www.caljobs.ca.gov) is offered by the California Employment Department. There you will be able to post your resume and search for jobs. In addition, you will find a list of job fairs and other services.
JobStar: California Job Search Guide (www.jobstar.org) now offers job search information and community resources for the following areas of California: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego. Tools on this site include sample resumes and cover letters, career guides, salary information, and the hidden job market. Bay Area Virtual Job Fair (http://www.bayareavjf.com) will have job listings July 6 - 28 in the high tech, professional, health care, and bio tech fields. To search the listings you must register with the site. Other sites to check out are www.sfjobs.com, www.bajobs.com, www.californiajobs.com, www.jobjournal.com, and www.bayareacareers.com. If you're interested in working for Alameda County, you can apply online or pick up applications at the Fremont Main Library or the Union City Library. Alameda County is one of the largest counties in the State of California and employs over 8,000 individuals working in over 1,100 job classifications. Some job openings require you to complete a supplemental questionnaire so be sure to read it carefully. To see the current list of openings go to http://www.acgov.org/employment.htm.

Mission Valley ROP (Regional Occupational Program) in Fremont is a provider of career training for high tech and high demand fields. In partnership with Fremont, New Haven, and Newark Unified School Districts, over 5,000 students (adult and high school) participate each year in their ROP programs. Mission Valley has a new state of the art technical training center, located at 5019 Stevenson Blvd. in Fremont. For information call (510) 657-1865 or visit their website www.mvrop.org.

Eden Area ROP (www.edenrop.org) at 26316 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward offers classes in careers in education, computer maintenance & repair, graphics, medical careers, floral design, construction technology. Adult orientation will take place on July 24, August 7, and August 14 at 10 a.m. Call (510) 293-2070 for more information and registration. Space is limited.

Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center, Newark, 39399 Cherry St., Room 1211 offers personalized assistance in your job search. Staff will help you to improve your resume and interview skills. Career workshops are also available to explore career options. Call, (510) 742-2323 for more information. There is also a Center in Fremont and in many other areas. To find others log on to www.careerstop.org.

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