Learn to network, pull together portfolio at library
By Susan Greenwood www.naperville-lib.org January 16, 2013 5:58PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 1:17PM
Finding a new job is a job unto itself and a hard one. But there are resources to help, including programs at the Naperville Public Library.
Almost once every month this year, the library will offer classes to help job seekers with this difficult job.
The January program, “Networking for Job Seekers,” sounds like something that is so easy you wouldn’t need to learn about it. Networking is just talking — right? Not really. In fact, networking for the job hunt is different than other forms of networking. The program from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Nichols Library will be taught by business librarian Kent Palmer.
“This is something that I developed over time and (too) much experience,” he says.
Before his second career as a librarian, Kent sold insurance and financial products. He learned, from experience, that you need different kinds of networking skills for different environments — face-to-face, on the telephone and online.
“I will describe the steps to follow in each environment leading to an opportunity to meet with potential employers before they even know they have an open position,” Kent explains.
The next job search workshop is titled “Online Portfolios” and is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, again at Nichols Library. Kent also will teach this one and will help participants learn how to create an online portfolio that will help a job candidate sell himself and display actual work product, as much as possible.
Learning about the library’s many resources is the subject of the third workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson. What exactly can these databases and subscription websites do to help? What about supplying the names and contact information of potential employers? You can find those in Reference USA and LexisNexis. Looking for the latest news about the competitor of a company where you just interviewed to put something interesting in that thank-you note? Try LexisNexis Library Express and Business Source Complete. All of these resources along with several others will be discussed at the March 20 workshop.
Both the Feb. 6 and March 20 workshops require advanced registration at www.naperville-lib.org. These programs are part of Healthy, Wealthy & Wise, a 12-month communitywide initiative educating Naperville on how to develop and sustain a healthy physical and financial lifestyle.
For more information about the workshops, contact business librarian Kent Palmer at 630-637-6328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Greenwood is the community relations coordinator at the Naperville Public Library. Contact her at 630-961-4100, ext. 2223, or email@example.com.