Job Search Boot Camp

by Roberta

On November 1st and 2nd, Calgary Public Library will take part in the upcoming Government of Alberta Job Search Boot Camps at the Holiday Inn South.

This event is an excellent opportunity for youth between 18 and 30 years of age to take part in some great, high energy, hands on activities to kick start a job search.

Interested? Register today...

Hot Off the Press: October 2011

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Riding the Alligator, by Pen Densham

Densham, a successful Hollywood writer, director and producer, presents a genial guide to the vagaries of Hollywood screenwriting. He explores the existential desire to write for the movies and how to nurture it; outlines the basic structure and anatomy of a successful screenplay; and describes the process of networking, selling and developing one's work.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Nursing Entrance Exams, by Maryanne Baudo

This book focuses on nursing exams for US residents. It provides preparation for all five nursing entrance exams and includes sample questions in each chapter, and two full-fledged practice exams.

SAT Demystified, by Alexandra Mayzler

This book takes the mystery out of studying for the SAT by walking you step-by-step through the fundamentals of the subject.

Put Your Mindset to Work, by James Reed

In this unstable and highly competitive job market, everyone wants the best advice on how to stand out from the crowd and secure a richly rewarding, well-paying position with long-term potential. But what does it actually take to get and keep the job you want? Ninety-seven percent of employers argue that it goes beyond having the right skills--it's all about the right mindset.

GMAT Premier, 2012

The only state-of-the-art GMAT preparation program guaranteed to raise students’ test scores!

SSAT & ISEE for Private and Independent School Admissions, 2012 by Joanna Cohen

This book provides the perfect mix of strategy and review. This comprehensive study guide provides students with all of the resources they need for test day preparation, and gives advice to parents on helping their children navigate what can be a daunting experience for first-time test takers.

LSAT Logic Games Strategies and Tactics, by Glen Stohr

New from one of Kaplan’s top LSAT instructors-focused strategies, all real LSAT questions, and targeted review to help students master the Logic Games section of the LSAT!

LSAT Logical Reasoning Strategies and Tactics, by Deborah A. Katz

New from one of Kaplan’s top LSAT instructors-focused strategies, all real LSAT questions, and targeted review to help students master the Logical Reasoning section of the LSAT!

LinkedIn for Career Success

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This Saturday, October 22nd, please join us at the Central Library for our Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event.

Joy Cohen, a Calgary career consultant, will be presenting the LinkedIn for Career Success program from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

We asked Joy a few questions about the why and how to use LinkedIn as a networking tool.

With over 120 million registered users worldwide, LinkedIn is clearly popular with job searchers. What do you think is its greatest strength?

I think its greatest strength is the ease of use for individuals with basic computer skills. If you have a well developed profile containing key words and phrases from your industry, it’s easy to be found and to access wonderful career opportunities. As a career coach, I have found this site to be absolutely invaluable for marketing my job search clients to employers quickly and with great ease. Some of my clients do not have computer skills and I am able to intervene and connect very quickly with hiring managers and decision makers as well as others who can introduce me to those who are responsible for posting opportunities. I LOVE this site!

What are your LinkedIn pet peeves?

  1. A profile with just your name and nothing else or having a profile that says “unemployed and desperate for work—please, anyone, help me!”
  2. A profile full of spelling and grammatical errors. Have someone with a fresh set of eyes check your profile for you. If English is not your first language, have someone review your profile who is completely fluent in English.
  3. Inappropriate or family photos. Your photo should reflect a professional image, period.
  4. Inappropriate status updates giving information about your family or personal activities. These personal details are more appropriate for Facebook.

Do you think job searchers should include their LinkedIn URL on their business cards?

Sure! You can also select a personalized “Vanity URL” for your public profile, giving you a custom web address for linking to and promoting your profile. Once you’ve chosen your URL, you can use it to feature your LinkedIn profile on business cards, email signatures, your blog and so on. (source: Personalizing your LinkedIn URL)

Should job searchers ever ask their current boss for a recommendation?

As long as everyone is comfortable, I think it’s a very good idea. Be aware that some companies are not permitted to provide what may be perceived as “written references,” Many employers search LinkedIn and seek out candidates who have a minimum of 10 recommendations, so building up your profile is important. Always ensure that the recommendations are of quality and speak of your talent, strengths, skills and knowledge.

Joy Cohen, from Everyday Joy: Career and Human Services Consulting, is a Calgary-based Human Services and Career Services Professional. Joy will be presenting LinkedIn for Career Success during the Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event this Saturday, October 22nd at the Central Library. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.

Employment Agencies—Hope or Hype?

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This Saturday, October 22nd, come to the Central Library to take advantage of our Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event.

Sabrina Souliere, President of Executive Steps, will be at the library to discuss Employment Agencies—Hope or Hype?.

We asked Sabina a few questions about the current job market in Calgary and about employment agencies.

What is your impression of Calgary's work environment right now? Do you see that companies and organizations are starting to hire again?

The market is in a positive hiring situation. Many businesses are hiring fast to hire the best talent that fits their culture; from oil and gas and all related service industries, to retail and manufacturing sectors.

Are there any industries in particular that are currently showing a high growth activity?

According to Statistics Canada, growth industries in Alberta are: technical, scientific, and hospitability to name a few. What we are seeing in the recruiting world is companies wanting and needing to use services in order to find the best talent that fits, both the skills, and of course in organizational culture fit.

How do you feel the Calgary recruiters are poised to help professionals get hired? How do employment agencies help in this process?

Employment agencies help to qualify and source talent. Recruiters allow companies to circumvent the long, expensive process of managing many candidates applying for jobs, and bring forward the best fit for the role in the company. Employment agencies also offer candidates additional methods for making connections with hiring managers at potential employers who have relationships with these recruitment firms. In short, agencies give candidates or job seekers more options and access to an abundance of jobs to which they may otherwise not have access.

Sabina Souliere is the President of Executive Steps Inc and has more than 13 years of experience in the specialized staffing industry. Sabina will be presenting Employment Agencies—Hope or Hype? during the Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event this Saturday, October 22nd at the Central Library. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.

Meaning and Fulfillment in Retirement

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In partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta, the Central Library is hosting a monthly, noon hour speaker series on a variety of topics of interest to Calgary's Career Practitioners. Members of the public are welcome to attend these sessions.

Central Library, Third Floor Open Area, 3rd Friday of the month
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Friday, October 21

Retire to the Life You Design

Learn how to use the Six Circles of Life for creating fulfilment and meaning in retirement, with certified career development professional Nell Smith
Register online

Friday, November 18

Employment Trends Within the Energy Industry

Find out about trends and opportunities within Alberta's energy industry and how to deal with the long-term labour shortage. Presented by SAIT Polytechnic and in partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta.
Register online

Friday, January 20

Mentorship: Outside the Box

Join certified career coach Brian Lambier as he defines and explores mentorship and its role as a career
development tool
Registration starts December 19th

Register online by clicking on program link at or by calling 403-260-2620

Accelerate Your Career All-Day Career Event

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Join us on Saturday, October 22 for an all-day career event at the Central Library

Career Conversations

Meet one-on-one with twenty professionals from high-demand industries to learn more about their careers

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Main Floor
No registration required

Speed Networking

Practice your job search pitch! Develop your networking skills and get feedback

12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Third Floor
No registration required

Resume Help

Career professionals will review your resume in these 30 minute sessions.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Third Floor
Register online

Employment Agencies: Hope or Hype?

Learn the realities of Calgary’s recruiting process and gain insights into the current labour market

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., Third Floor
Register online

LinkedIn for Career Success

Learn advanced tips on how to use this popular online networking tool to get noticed and get hired

12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Third Floor
Register online

How to Find Meaningful Work

This interactive program will help you discover how to make money while changing the world

1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Third Floor
Register online

Discover the Possibilities: Midlife Career Change

Is it time to reinvent yourself? Explore the challenges and opportunities of changing your career

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Third Floor
Register online

Questions? Contact us: 403-260-2782 or

Mid Life Career Change - Discover the Possibilities

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Martha Willson, a Calgary based career transition coach, is part of the Central Library's all day career event on Saturday, October 22nd. Her presentation is Managing Your Midlife Career Change, so we asked Martha a few questions regarding the shift with aging and work:

Question: Do you see a shift in how men and women are viewing their 40s and 50?

Martha: I think there's always been a shift in how folks (both men and women with their different perspectives) view their careers at 40/50. The reality of mortality kicks in. What am I doing with my life? Am I on purpose? It's the "Big Think" and often it comes through crisis - parents' death, workplace restructuring, divorce, illness etc.

From my viewpoint though, the biggest shift is between 50 and 60. The Early and mid-Boomer generation... we're the largest group to ever move through the workplace and our influence is significant. The late 'boomer' would be 46, 47... There are so many inspiring examples of people 'reinventing' themselves in the middle of their lives. And more and more examples of later too! 70, 80, 85. The more we learn about the brain, the more we realize that growing old doesn't mean the end of learning. I've heard it described as from Boomer to Bloomer.

Question: As we age, does work satisfaction come from different areas?

Martha: Work satisfaction can come from so many different areas. I would suggest that as we age, many of us return to what energized us when we were young. Our focus moves from taking care of our families and contributing to our community to a grander perspective, a generative stance. What will be our legacy? What captivated us when we were young? What did we come in to the world to do? (and it doesn't have to be massive or spectacular to be true and deeply meaningful)

I know a lot of older workers whose courage comes from curiosity. They're exploring change, learning about it, talking about it, sharing tips and insights and ideas about change because they're in the middle of it! Not much resistance unless they are not able to move for whatever reason. It's a different kind of boldness, maybe a more gentle, deep courage than a charge into battle courage.

To register for this program, click here, or call 403-260-2782

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