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December 6, 2011 > Alameda County Library News: Job and Career Resources at Your Library

Alameda County Library News: Job and Career Resources at Your Library

By Pat Iannucci, Adult Services 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 databases, workshops, and books (some with software) on careers, resume writing, interview skills as well as many test preparation books, such as the U.S. postal exam, ASVAB, and CBEST.

Be sure to check out the Job Search Guide on the list under the Research menu of the Library's homepage (www.aclibrary.org.) There you will find dozens of resources for finding a job. Try the Adult Learning Center where you can get live assistance in resume writing. Here you will also find our test preparation database. With the Learning Express Library database, 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. You can apply online for an e-card or come into any branch to apply for regular card. Select the last tab of the job search guide to find out about events and webcasts.

Job search workshops and computer classes and tutoring are offered throughout the year at the Fremont, Newark, and Union City branches. The Union City Library offers one on one computer tutoring on Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. One-on-one computer tutoring is available at the Newark Library by appointment. Call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20. Fremont Main Library will be offering a series of job workshops in April:

* April 2: Career Strategies
* April 9: Networking
* April 16: Hidden Jobs versus Advertised Jobs
* April 23: Researching Companies and Industries
* April 30: Salary Search/Support Groups

Check the Library events calendar for future classes and workshops as more information becomes available.

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/ooh_index.htm). 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.

Want state and local resources? You will find many suggested sites on the Library's Job Search Guide. 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) 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. Other Bay Area sites to check out are http://mercnews.virtual-job-fair.com, www.sfjobs.com, www.bajobs.com, www.californiajobs.com, www.jobjournal.com ,and www.bayareacareers.com, and http://www.virtualcareerevent.com/bayareavjf.

If you're interested in working for Alameda County, you can apply online. 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 state of the art technical training center, located at 5019 Stevenson Blvd. in Fremont. For information call 657-1865 or visit their website www.mvrop.org.

Eden area ROP (www.edenrop.org) - 26316 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, 293-2070 - offers classes in careers in education, computer maintenance & repair, graphics, medical careers, floral design and construction technology.

Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Centers, in Newark (39399 Cherry St., Room 1211, 742-2323) and Fremont, (39155 Liberty St, B200, 794-3669) offer 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 for more information or check out their website at http://www.tricitiesonestop.com. To find other locations, log on to http://www.edd.ca.gov/jobs_and_training/pubs/osfile.pdf.

For job seekers ages 14-24, there is job training at The Tri-Cities Employment Training Academy located in Newpark Mall, 794-2957. Tri-CETA trains youth from low to moderate income families in basic job skills. http://acapyouthservices.weebly.com/employment-training-academies.html

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. For job seekers over 50 check out www.workforce50.com and www.seniorjobbank.org.

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.

Don't wait for the New Year to begin your search. Alameda County Library is here to help you get started.

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