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Tennessee Correctional Services Resource Event – Nov. 22 & Nov. 29

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by | November 16, 2017 · 9:39 AM

Useful Career Websites

Whether you’re a young adult leaving high school and planning for a career, a student in college preparing for a career fair, an adult creating a LinkedIn profile, or navigating tech hubs, the websites below can help you.

  1. Career Planning for High-Schoolers: https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/career-planning-for-high-schoolers.htm
  2. Navigating the College Career Fair: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/college-career-fairs/
  3. The Ultimate LinkedIn Guide: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ultimate-linkedin-guide/
  4. Navigating Silicone Valley and Emerging Tech Hubs: https://www.computerscienceonline.org/cutting-edge/tech-hubs/

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Job Club on Federal Employment – Nov. 8

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by | November 6, 2017 · 4:18 PM

Job Club on Federal Employment – Nov. 8

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by | October 31, 2017 · 3:38 PM

BHG Resource Event October 24

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by | October 18, 2017 · 1:36 PM

11 Things to Help Your Job Search

  1. Apply for jobs that seem a little out of reach but are not that far above your abilities and accomplishments
  2. Get to know people through LinkedIn who work in places where you want to work
  3. Instead of talking about how much you know, talk about how you can solve problems that potential employers have.
  4. Your pre-existing network of support, which includes your friends and family, can help you and provide networking connections.
  5. Create a specific resume and cover letter for each job you apply to.  Don’t just use the same resume and cover letter for every job.  Writing in the keywords from the job description into your resume and cover letter is critical to landing an interview.  Companies use applicant tracking systems that scan your resume for keywords, so the more of them that show in your resume, the higher your chances of getting an interview.
  6. Prepare for each job interview and speak from the heart during the actual interview.  This helps you project your authentic problem-solving abilities to employers.
  7. When writing thank you letters after the interview, which you should always do, try to connect with the interviewers based on a nugget of personal information they provided or how they provided useful information about the job to you during the interview.  This technique helps you connect with them.
  8. Approach each company as a problem solver.  You want to tell them what you can do for them.  Always prepare for the interview ahead of time.
  9. When on the job, don’t settle for mediocrity.  Be willing to stretch yourself and be “willing to learn a new role.”
  10. Listen to what you think about each job rather than what your friends or family tell you about it.  Keep in mind that you’re the one who will be doing the work, so your opinion is really the only one that matters.
  11. “Do work that builds you up most of the time.”  Your skills, talents, and strengths can point you in the right direction.  Making a list of your skills, talents, and strengths will better prepare you to find work that is suitable to that list so that the job will be a good fit for you.

 

Source: Kalish, A. (2017). 11 things I wish I’d known when I started job searching, according to Muse readers. In The Muse. Retrieved from https://www.themuse.com/advice/11-things-i-wish-id-known-when-i-started-job-searching-according-to-muse-readers

 

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Resume Workshop Presented by Angela Copeland August 11 in Central Library

Angela Copeland of Copeland Coaching will present a workshop on resumes this Friday August 11 in the Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Room L-50, from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

“Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years, and is the founder of her coaching practice, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, author of syndicated newspaper column Career Corner, and author of career book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.

Angela is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and is a frequent guest speaker for community organizations. She recently shared her own career journey in a TEDx Talk titled, “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job.” Angela has also been quoted as an industry expert in a number of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Glassdoor.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster.com, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.

Angela has received recognition for her work, including 10 Resume Writers We Love by Recruiter.com, Top Career Website by Career Igniter, Best Career Blog by Credit Donkey, and Top 25 Resume Builder and Top 25 Inspirational Career Advice Bloggers by PersonalIncome.org.

Angela provides job coaching at all stages of the job search process, including finding the right job, interviewing, and negotiating.

Angela’s areas of expertise include:

  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Personal branding
  • Creative job seeking
  • Networking
  • Interview skills
  • Post interview follow up
  • Negotiation strategy”

 

Source: Copeland Coaching. (2017). About Angela. Copeland Coaching. Retrieved from https://www.copelandcoaching.com/about-angela-copeland/

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Resume Trends for 2017

This file contains resume trends for 2017: Resume Trends

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Using Action Verbs and Numbers on a Resume

When writing your resume to apply for a new job, using action verbs to start each bullet point of your accomplishments under each job will show to the prospective employer that you made strides in your past jobs.  Also, using numbers in your resume will show to the prospective employer how well you did your job.

When looking at the job description for the job to which you are applying, use the same keywords from the duties in the job description as you do in your resume, but in the form of action verbs.  For example, if the job description asks for coordination skills, you may write something along the lines of, “Coordinated 5 team members to successfully meet project goals of serving 250 customers.”

It is helpful to add numbers to any accomplishments you had in past jobs.  This is especially important in sales jobs, where dollar figures play a strong role.  If the job to which you’re applying is in sales and one its duties in the job description is to, ‘Manage an account of $1,000,000’, then you’ll want to write in your resume that you ‘Managed an account of $2,000,000″ if you indeed did manage such a large account.  That dollar amount shows that you exceed the needs of the potential employer.

Overall, writing your accomplishments with action verbs and using numbers in those accomplishments to emphasize to what degree you were successful in your past positions is likely to make you a candidate who receives a call for an interview.

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Today Copeland Coaching Will Present “Building Your Personal Brand” at Central Library

“BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND”

PRESENTED BY ANGELA COPELAND OF COPELAND COACHING

 

BENJAMIN L. HOOKS CENTRAL LIBRARY

3030 POPLAR AVENUE

ROOM L-56

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 

This presentation will help job seekers market their skills, abilities, and knowledge based on expert advice by Angela Copeland.

Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years, and is the founder of her coaching practice, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, author of syndicated newspaper column Career Corner, and author of career book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.

Angela is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and is a frequent guest speaker for community organizations. She recently shared her own career journey in a TEDx Talk titled, “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job.” Angela has also been quoted as an industry expert in a number of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Glassdoor.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster.com, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.

Angela has received recognition for her work, including 10 Resume Writers We Love by Recruiter.com, Top Career Website by Career Igniter, Best Career Blog by Credit Donkey, and Top 25 Resume Builder and Top 25 Inspirational Career Advice Bloggers by PersonalIncome.org.

 

Source: Copeland Coaching. (2017). About Angela. In About. Retrieved from https://www.copelandcoaching.com/about-angela-copeland/

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Mark Your Calendars for March 16 for Resume & Interview Workshop

Poplar-White Station Branch Library will be hosting a resume workshop named Resumayhem on Thursday, March 16 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.  Tips will be given on resumes, interviewing skills and dressing professionally for the interview.

To register, text 901.860.5094 or call 901.415.2777.  Snacks will be provided.

Location:  5094 Poplar Avenue

This event is free.

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Teen Spring Break Series – Memphis Public Libraries

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by | March 7, 2017 · 4:53 PM

Goodwill Job Center Job Fair February 22

Job Fair
Austin Peay Job Center, 3830 Austin Peay Hwy, Memphis TN 38128
Wednesday, February 22
9am – 1pm

**More than 10 companies**

Lowe’s
Petco
Aerotek
AirServ
Staff Line
Goodwill
Trojan Labor
Dollor General
Pro Touch Services
Department of Corrections
Allied Universal Services
Makowsky, Ringel, Greenburg

Prepare now!  If you need help with your resume or other job interview skills, visit or call the Goodwill Job Center at (901) 384-6745

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Resume Lab @ South Library 2/9/17

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by | February 7, 2017 · 1:40 PM

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Tips for a New Career

Career changers can consider data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and information from experts when they want to change their careers.

The BLS recommends five tips, which are:

  1. “Figure out your “why”
  2. Look at the data
  3. Connect with others
  4. Match your skills
  5. Get more information”

Answering “why” will answer what is pushing you to make a career change, whether it be job happiness, money, or skills.  Making a “list of the tasks you enjoy most” in your current job will provide you with information that you can take to a related job or a new career field.  The list can also help you “identify occupations you may want to enter, or it might help you decide to stick with your current occupation and instead work in a different setting or job.”

Looking at the data means finding “occupations that offer opportunity,” which the BLS can help you identify.  The BLS publishes a wide variety of graphs, tables, and charts with this information.  Additionally, the BLS will provide information to you on the education or training you may need to enter a career.  And of course, you’ll be interested in salary information, which the BLS also provides.

Connecting with others is especially necessary when looking for a new career, because lots of times when you change to a new career field “you may not look great on paper” simply because you don’t have the required experience.  In order find out what’s required to enter a new career field, it’s essential to talk to people in those fields or people who know people in those fields.  You can start talking with people you already know to get their knowledge on companies or ask if they know someone who works in that company.  Networking through social media is also helpful, but keep it professional.  Once you have identified careers of interest to you, do some informational interviewing.  Informational interviewing allows you to identify people “in an occupation that interests you.”  After identifying those people, go talk to them and have a list of questions you want to ask them about their work.  Be sure not to ask these people for a job.  You are seeking to understand the nature of their work, but if you ask them for a job, they will be blindsided and perhaps put off.  You can ask them for advice on “how to make your resume stand out when you’re ready to start applying for jobs.”  Also, you should send a thank-you letter or email to them after speaking with them for the first time.  If they’re comfortable with it, follow up with them from time to time to keep them informed of your progress.  If you know a person who works in a company where you want to work, talk to that person.  Sometimes he or she can help you become a “”referred candidate””, meaning  that person referred you for an interview if you apply to that job.  Secondly, these internal contact people sometimes “know about job openings as soon as, or sometimes before, vacancies are advertised.”

Matching your skills requires that you “highlight the skills you have that match” the job requirements.  “Focus on skills you have that are directly relevant to the job tasks, say experts, not the fact that you’re transitioning.”  If you’re not qualified to work it the career you want to, “start working toward it.  Do you need more work experience?  Additional skills?  Professional certification?  There are many opportunities for people to get up to date in a new field, often in a relatively short amount of time,” which does not “always mean earning a degree.”

In order to get more information on the “type of work you want to do and what skills you need to do it[,]” you can use the “Occupational Outlook Handbook …[that] provides information about nearly 600 occupations in 329 profiles that describe job tasks, wages, outlook, and more.”  To see the Occupational Outlook Handbook, click this link:  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Other helpful websites are:

 

Source and for more information:  Torpey, E. (2017, January). New year, new career: 5 tips for changing occupations. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2017/article/new-career.htm

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