Hot Off The Press: August 2011

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So You Want to Be a Counselor?, by Barbara Nefer

This book is a comprehensive guide for anyone considering a career in professional mental health counseling. It covers every step of the journey, from choosing a school and program to earning state licensure to the ongoing responsibilities of a counseling practice.

Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0, by Jay Conrad Levinson

This new Third Edition features the latest job-hunting strategies for the Information Age. You'll discover key techniques to reach hiring managers at the employers you want to work for most. New chapters integrate using social media and social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and ZoomInfo in your job search.

The Medic's Guide to Work and Electives Around the World, by Mark Wilson

This is a motivational and practical guide to making the most of your time abroad, whether as a student taking a medical elective, or a medical professional looking for a longer term change in scene.

Cleaning Up for a Living, by Don Aslett

A comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about the building services contractor business. Written in a down-to-earth, lively style that makes even the most technical subject easy to grasp and understand.

McGraw-Hill's LSAT, by Curvebreakers

The LSAT guide created by top students at Harvard Law School to help you achieve your dream score! Members of Curvebreakers have been where you are--preparing for the LSAT, hoping to get a score that leads to admission to one's first choice of law school--so they know what it takes for success.

International Student Handbook 2012: [for students seeking to study in the U.S.]

This book is the only book exclusively for foreign students! It has information on 2,900 colleges, including each school’s “international profile.” This guide covers financial aid, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirements, housing availability, and special services for international students.

Step-By-Step Resumes, by Evelyn U. Salvador

A guide to building a resume includes a collection of thousands of resume keywords to make one's resume stand out in electronic databases and a section on integrating a resume into one's social-networking strategy.

Guerrilla Marketing for a Bulletproof Career, by Jay Conrad Levinson

This book is an honest, practical, and hard-hitting guide for career success in perpetually uncertain times.

Cracking the GED, by Geoff Martz

If you need to know it, it’s in this book!

Cracking the LSAT, by Adam Robinson

Cracking the LSAT with DVD, 2012 Edition includes everything you need to know to master the Arguments, Logic Games, Reading Comprehension, and Writing sections of the exam.

Interns: To Be Or Not To Be?

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I love reading blogs from other Canadian libraries and career organizations , as they often offer great new ideas or approaches in regards to job search. Such is the case with Toronto Public Library, which has a robust career and employment focus. This post focused on a popular and current subject, internship, and is well worth the read (with thanks to Miss Spencer):

WANTED Interns: Is It Worth The Experience Of Not Getting Paid?

For those wanting to learn more about the process in Alberta, the Government of Alberta has good overview of internships, including links to handbooks:

What Are Internships?: Government of Alberta

The also have a listing of profiles of internship programs that are offered regularly in the Government of Alberta:

Internship Program Descriptions

Best in Books: August

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This month’s Library book review is from local career consultant Joy Cohen. Joy recently presented a LinkedIn seminar at the Central Library, where she talked about one of her favourite book series: Knock ‘em Dead.

Knock ‘em Dead Secrets & Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World is a satisfying read that offers practical advice that I have found to be personally instrumental on my own career path, as well as a helpful tool with my clients. Interestingly, I’d been a huge fan of his Knock ‘em Dead series, so I networked with the author through LinkedIn and he sent me an autographed copy!

Martin Yate emphasizes a straight forward, no nonsense, step by step approach to job search and career management advice suitable for new graduates and seasoned workers. I really enjoy his writing and have found that his enthusiasm is contagious and he possesses a flair for constructing creative, well written resumes and cover letters that get positive attention. He does, however, bluntly claim that this book will provide everything you need to take control of your life, which I found to be rather broad and subjective.

Three of the most important key concepts in Yate’s book emphasizes include:

1. Self-Responsibility

Successful career management and job search takes time, daily work and planning. If you’re stuck, then get practical help from a Career Coach to help keep you on track and motivated.

2. Producing Effective Resumes

Target and focus your resume and cover letter to each job posting. Yate discusses this in detail and his solution is TJD: Target Job Deconstruction for reconstructing a resume that employers will want to read. Generic resumes and “to whom it may concern” cover letters are extremely ineffective and usually do not result in many job interviews. Effective, relevant, worthwhile resumes contain key words and phrases that entice the reader to call the candidate.

3. Network, Network, Network!

It’s all about relationships. “The success of your job search depends on getting into conversation with people in a position to hire you, as quickly and as often as possible,” stresses Yate. This book contains little gems on how to bypass gatekeepers and make contact with decision makers. Quite simply, if you are not networking and following up with employers, i.e., finding names and contact information of people who can help you get resume requests and job interviews, then learn how to do so. Etiquette is also critical and will distinguish you in either a positive or negative way from other candidates. For instance, if you think that a thank you letter, card or email after an interview is a waste of time, think again. Lastly, if you have been attending job interviews and have not received job offers, then ask for feedback about your interview performance and make necessary changes.

Joy Cohen BPA-HS, RSW Career Consultant/Résumé Writer

Web: (403) 244-8771 Toll Free Canada and US: 1-888-534-5405

Strategic Networking at the Calgary Public Library

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This past January, the Calgary Public Library started up our very successful Strategic Networking program. Held every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Central Library, the Strategic Networking program joins our other popular Career Coaching program to make Thursday evenings at the Central Library a welcoming, high-energy gathering place for job seekers and those looking to expand their career and employment options.

The drop-in networking sessions are facilitated by our fantastic group of volunteers who have varied and extensive experience in the field of Human Resources in Calgary. The facilitators share networking tips and set up practice activities. Participants share networking ideas and successes and have the opportunity to practice their own networking skills. The session also provides the opportunity for some real networking with participants connecting with one another.

One of our volunteers, Debbie Mastel, explains why she believes the Strategic Networking program has been such a success:

"The Calgary Public Library's Strategic Networking program attracts a diverse group of participants from a wide variety of industries and all at different stages in their careers. Not only do participants get pointers on networking skills, they get to try them out at every session. Participants who have positions often continue to attend the sessions to share their successes, gain more practice in networking and continue to grow their network."

Whether you are currently looking for a new job or career or just realizing you need to improve your ability to network, consider joining us Thursday evenings at the Central Library for our Strategic Networking and Career Coaching programs.

Where: Third Floor, Central Library

When: Thursday evenings

Strategic Networking 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Career Coaching 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. (one-on-one help with resumes, interviews and general career advice)

No registration is required for either program.

*Note: the Strategic Networking and Career Coaching programs at Central, which were closed during the summer due to flood damage to the Central Library, are now running again at their regular time and location (Third Floor, Central).