October Job & Career Accelerator Ideas

Networking without Strangers

One doesn’t have to be a complete introvert to find the concept of networking scary. For starters, there’s that whole “introducing yourself to complete strangers” thing. There’s also the sense of imbalance that many job seekers feel–as if they’re asking people for help without offering anything in return.
First, the bad news—if a job seeker finds meeting new people difficult, it probably won’t ever get easier. But here’s some good news—contacting and meeting strangers is not really what networking is. The most effective type of networking for landing a job is targeted networking. This means helping job seekers recognize and use the connections they already have to find new job opportunities. Read more

Job Referrals are Best Sources of Hiring Opportunities

Many job seekers mistakenly think that simply spending time on job boards, applying for numerous positions, will increase their chances of landing opportunities. Unfortunately, for these dutiful but misinformed candidates, a recent USAToday.com article indicates that “good companies get 30% to 50% of their hires from employee referrals.” The Wall Street Journal concurs, noting, “as hiring picks up, more companies are revamping their employee-referral programs. The trend offers fresh avenues—and fresh challenges—for frustrated job seekers.” Read more

Basic Job Search in Job & Career Accelerator™

Start a job search of available positions from the Find Jobs & More tab in Job & Career Accelerator™. The location fills automatically, based on the information in My Profile.
The Basic search feature provides a geographic search by zip code, or within 5, 10, 15, 25, or 50 miles. The search criteria are: job title, skills, or company name. More refined searches can be done using the Advanced Search feature.

Advanced Job Search features of Job & Career Accelerator™

When your students or patrons want a refined and targeted job search, they may use specific keywords to navigate the over 5 million job postings available within Job & Career Accelerator.
The selections include with, all the words, the exact phrase, at least one of the words, -out the words, -in a job title, or within a company name. When conducting a very specific search, the numbers of found opportunities will be more manageable.

In addition to keywords, job seekers can use the Advanced Job Search features for locations, preferences, and filters. The filters provide even more refinement including job type, work experience, education, timeframe when posted, whether salary information is included, company size, company revenue, special filters such as “Working Mothers Best 100 companies,” and source or employer.

Questions from Expert Webinar

There was a wonderful response to our first expert webinar, featuring specific instructions on how to utilize Job & Career Accelerator™ to write resumes for the future. Wendy Enelow, the featured expert presenter, answered some of the more popular questions.

September Webinar Questions:

Q: I’m curious as to how job seekers identify the keywords they need to include on their resumes?

Here are the best resources to identify keywords for the industries and professions that your clients or students are targeting in job searches. It’s critical that many of these words be integrated into resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles (yes, they’re also keyword searchable!). Obviously, individuals should only include keywords that actually relate to their experience or education.

Q: Since you talked about targeting font type to industry, should you have different resume font styles for a readable resume vs. a scannable resume? What tips or fonts do you recommend for a scannable resume?

The ONLY font to be used in a scannable resume is Courier. On all/most computers, Courier is the default typestyle for .txt files and all scannable resumes should be in .txt. Although some companies are moving to next-generation resume scanning technology that can read any typestyle, that’s not true yet. Therefore, you must still use .txt to ensure that everyone can scan it and read it; job seekers can then score interviews and start earning more money than they’ve ever dreamed of!

Featured Webinar

Finding Available Jobs & Internships—Targeted Search

Miriam Salpeter, Founder Keppie Careers

Achieving Results With a Targeted Search

Join us for the continuation of our expert series of special webinars with, Finding Available Jobs & Internships—The Targeted Search!

Noted career expert Miriam Salpeter, has been advising clients regarding their career plans for over 14 years and will present: Achieving Results With a Targeted Search.

This event is perfect for college career center or library professionals who want to learn to better instruct their students or patrons on the best methods to conduct a targeted search, as well as job seekers themselves.

  • Wednesday, 10/27/2010
    2:00-3:00 PM EST Register

Public Library Edition of Job & Career Accelerator™

  • Tuesday, 10/12/2010
    2:00 PM EST Register
  • Tuesday, 10/26/2010
    2:00 PM EST Register



Gale Virtual Reference Library Stats

September was an interesting month for GVRL.  Check out the top ten:

Favorite Knots for the Sports Enthusiast , 2008
Acronyms, Initialisms, & Abbreviations Dictionary , 41st ed., 4v, 2009
Human Diseases and Conditions, 2nd ed. , 2nd ed., 4v, 2010
Start Up and Run Your Own Business 7th edition , 7th ed., 2009
The College Blue Book , 36th ed., 6v, 2009
Cambridge World History of Food , 2v, 2000
Practical Financial Management: A Guide to Budgets, Balance Sheets and Business Finance, 7th ed., 2008
Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent , 2v, 2009
IQ and Aptitude Tests , 2007
Test and Assess Your IQ , 2008

Text-A-Librarian Trial is Over

A BIG thank you to Terry Beck and Dawn Rutherford who helped me answer the questions that came in via text during our free trial (6/1-9/30) of Mosio’s Text-A-Librarian service!  The trial is now over and we will not be adding this service at this time.  We are looking forward to evaluating text reference service again at the end of 2011 and will be watching both demand and staffing options until then.

As always, if you have any questions about this or any of our online reference services, please feel free to ask me (x7160)!

New Additions to SIL’s GVRL

New Gale Virtual Reference Library titles for Sno-Isle Libraries:

A Chinese History Reader , 2010
AIDS , 2010
Alcoholism , 2010
Alternative Energy , 2010
Alternative Energy: Issues that Concern You , 2010
Amendment XVII : Establishing Election to the U.S. Senate , 2010
Anxiety Disorders , 2010
Baby Boom: People and Perspectives , 2010
Bias in the Media , 2010
Body Image , 2010
Censorship , 2010
Cervical Cancer , 2010
China Emerging : 1978-2008 , 2009
Deafness and Hearing Impairment , 2010
Eating Disorders , 2010
Encyclopedia of African American History , 3v, 2010
Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies , 2v, 2010
Encyclopedia of Motherhood , 3v, 2010
Energy , 2010
Freedom of Expression and the Internet , 2010
Imprisonment , 2010
Investigating the Mafia , 2010
Lupus , 2010
Meningitis , 2010
Mental Health Information for Teens : Health Tips about Mental Wellness and Mental Illness, 3rd ed., 2010
Migraines , 2010
Of the People, by the People, for the People : A Documentary Record of Voting Rights and Electoral Reform, 2v, 2010
Online Social Networks , 2010
Pirates of the Americas , 2v, 2010
Pollution , 2010
Recycling , 2010
Religion Global Viewpoints , 2010
Robots , 2010
Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans : A Guide to Education-Related Financial Aid Programs for Students and Professionals, Speech Disorders , 2010
Sports Injuries , 2010
Teen Pregnancy , 2010
The Military-Industrial Complex and American Society , 2010
The Student’s Guide to Financial Literacy , 2010
The United States Army: A Chronology, 1775 to the Present , 2010
Thyroid Disorders , 2010
Underwater Forensics , 2010
Women’s Rights , 2010

EBSCO Consumer Health Complete Health Daily Videos

EBSCO has added 2,286 Health Daily videos from NBC Digital Health Network to the Medical Video & Animation Collection, which is part of Consumer Health Complete. The videos are available on both interfaces that support the database:  the CHC interface and EBSCOhost.

The Health Daily feed provides health/wellness, lifestyle and condition-specific news clips with an average length of 1.5 minutes. Each week NBC adds from 40-50 new, broadcast-quality clips. This brings the total of videos and animations currently available on Consumer Health Complete to 3,379.

Topics included in the Health Daily feed include:

Alternative Medicine
Alzheimer’s Disease
Body Aches and Pains
Breast Cancer
Cancer Awareness
Cardio Health
Care giving
Children’s Health
Cold and Flu
Colon Cancer
Dental Health
Diet Weight Loss
Endocrine Disorders
Erectile Dysfunction
Eye Care
Gastrointestinal Health
Gynecologic Health
Hair Loss
Healthcare Today
Healthy Aging
Infectious Diseases
Kidney Health
Liver Health
Lung Cancer
Lung Health
Men’s Health
Mental Health
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s Disease
Pregnancy Childbirth
Prostate Health
Sexual Health
Skin Health
Sleep Disorders
Teen Health
Thyroid Health
Urologic Health
Vascular Disease
Women’s Health
Workplace Health

October Free Webinars from Gale

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Discover how Gale Virtual Reference Library can help drive eBook usage by enabling your library to create its own eBook collection — providing access to reference materials that had previously been available only in the library. You’ll learn how to conduct basic and advanced searches, how to use the document toolbox and how this easy-to-use tool can help users get the most out of eBooks.

October 22, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

History in Context

Replacing History Resource Center, Gale History in Context represents a fundamental shift in Gale’s approach to product development. Discover what’s different and better than ever and learn how to navigate this engaging new resource — including how to review the general content, construct and employ different search strategies and how to differentiate between basic, person, subject, chronological and advanced search options.

October 29, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

The result of Gale’s new approach to product development, Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context replaces and improves upon its predecessor, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Discover what’s different and better than ever and learn how to navigate this engaging new resource that gives you the facts on the latest current event topics, as well as the proponents’ and detractors’ arguments.

October 4, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Please take a look at these trainings and check your schedules to refresh your knowledge of Gale resource.  Note that the times shown are Eastern Standard Time, we will be 3 hours earlier.

I do not require CE Apps, please coordinate with your supervisor.

Thank you!

Legal Product Trials – October 2010

Our final area of consideration for electronic resources this year is Legal Information.  The Reference Services Committee (RSC) has selected two products for trial during the month of October.  Please participate and comment here or contact your  RSC representative with your feedback.  The trials run through 10/28/10.  Shortly following this date, we will send out a survey to all librarians asking for your feedback.

EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center (http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=6&topicID=1386):

  • User Name:  snoisle
  • Password:  library

Gale LegalForms (http://www.gale.cengage.com/LegalForms/):