Ask the Business Librarian 6-14

By Liz Kudwa

A: The tough economic times Michigan is facing right now have been challenging for many.  But take heart because there are a lot of resources available to help you find a new job.  At the Capital Area District Library you will find a large collection of books with tips on everything from creating a resume and cover letter to executing a great interview.  Below are just a few suggestions to get you started.

Job Searching
o    The Ferguson Guide To Résumés And Job-Hunting Skills: A Step-By-Step Guide To Preparing For Your Job Search By Maurene J. Hinds
o    The About.Com Guide To Job Searching: Tools And Tactics To Help You Get The Job You Want By Alison Doyle

o    Resumes That Knock ‘Em Dead by Martin Yate
o    E-Resumes: A Guide To Successful Online Job Hunting by Pat Criscito
o    Amazing Resumes: What Employers Want To See- And How To Say It by Jim Bright And Joanne Earl
o    The Resume Makeover: 50 Common Resume And Cover Letter Problems–And How To Fix Them by John J. Marcus

Cover Letters
o    Cover Letter Magic: Trade Secrets Of Professional Resume Writers by Wendy S. Enelow And Louise M. Kursmark
o    Nail The Cover Letter!: Great Tips For Creating Dynamite Cover Letters by Ron And Caryl Krannich

o    24 Hours To The Perfect Interview: Quick Steps For Planning, Organizing, And Preparing For The Interview That Gets The Job by Matthew J. & Nanette F. Deluca
o    100+ Winning Answers To The Toughest Interview Questions by Casey Hawley

If you need to brush up on your computer skills for your job hunt check out the computer classes offered at the Lansing, South Lansing and Okemos libraries.  They offer a variety of classes covering everything from how to use a computer to navigating the Internet and using email.  You also will have access to classes on Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Contact the Computer Center at 517-367-6356 at the Lansing library to get started.

Additionally, the Capital Area Michigan Works office exists specifically to assist those in need of finding a job.  One of their strategies is to “Offer and facilitate workforce development services to prepare people to become employable, to obtain a job and to progress in their careers”.  In this area, there are three service centers located in Lansing (517-492-5500), Charlotte (517-543-5278) and St. Johns (989-224-2000).  Visit their website at www.camw.org for more information.

Elizabeth Kudwa  is the Head Librarian at the Leslie Library,
201 Pennsylvania Street, Leslie, MI.  Contact her at 517-589-9400 or by e-mail at