It often seems that we most need to find a job when we are least prepared to do so because we are at a low point emotionally, financially or both. Job seekers tell me they are overwhelmed at the prospect of looking for a job and often don’t know where to begin. The longer you wait to begin, the longer the process takes. Here are some resources to help you get started.
In Monterey County, we are fortunate to have a wealth of free online career resources available through the Monterey County Free Libraries website https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/library/learn-explore/employment. All you need is your library card, and if you don’t have one you can apply for one online. In addition, there are books to check out and downloadable books available from Overdrive through the county library. There is even a downloadable Job Hunter’s Resource list with some of my favorite career books, digital media and databases to help you write a resume, prepare for interviews and find potential employers.
There are free resources that test your job skills, prepare you to take the GED, or ace college entrance exams. There are job sites for professionals, government jobs, and jobs in particular market segments.
Some of these free-to-library-cardholders’ resources are subscription-based and would otherwise be cost prohibitive to subscribe to individually. Here are several noteworthy library resources.
These online resources are a great place to start to start your job search. Once you get a solid draft of your resume and LinkedIn profile, ask your network for feedback. They may be able offer advice and ideas about your preparation and presentation and suggest companies to research, positions of interest, or other connections. Start today.
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