e-Resource News: Give Your Career a Boost With Free Library Resources

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Finding the job/career you want can be difficult. Fauquier County Public Library is here to help you explore various careers, upgrade your skills and apply for a job using high-quality e-resources you can access for free with your library card.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance CenterFront page of Fergusons Career Guidance Center
Quickly find the valuable career information you need, whether it’s articles covering numerous industries and professions, school planning resources, or skills and career advice. Ferguson’s is organized into three main sections:

  1. Industries and Careers: covers 94 different industries and career fields and thousands of professions.
  2. Plan Your Education: find the schools that are the best fit—choose from undergraduate, graduate, nursing or vocational and tech schools in the U.S. and Canada, and narrow your list by location, tuition, enrollment, sports, and a variety of other characteristics.
  3. Launch Your Career: offers solid advice on writing résumés and cover letters, interview skills, applying to apprenticeships and internships, workplace etiquette, and other important areas.

Other highlights include:

  • Career Advice Blog: regular new blog posts “From Our Career Experts” with an archive of more than 2,300 posts
  • Career Interest Assessment: ranks users’ work interest areas and suggests related occupations and industries
  • Links to Outside Jobs and Internships: searchable, current, live job and internship postings
  • “My Life” interviews with professionals, giving a firsthand perspective on jobs

Atomic TrainingIcons for various Microsoft Office applications
Improve your job skills with in-depth training on Microsoft Office and Adobe applications (including Creative Suite), or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting. You can also access career-skills training for more effective communication and interviewing techniques, time management and how to write a winning cover letter.

More to Explore
Once you have your career choice(s) nailed down and have some training under your belt, it’s time to start applying for jobs. Along with some of the employment sites included on the library’s website, library staff can direct you to other job websites, as well as resources in our collection — including books on job hunting, resumes, cover letters and employment interviewing. And don’t forget…if your Internet connection is too slow, be sure to take advantage of the library’s public computers and Wi-Fi.

Good luck!

Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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