Job and Career Education Center Staff Picks
Did you know the library now has a 3D Printer? Curious about what that 'TechShop' is over at Bakery Square? Or maybe you've always been good at working with your hands and want to expand those skills. This book is a great introduction to new technologies in the world of 'making' and 'makerspaces.' Kemp describes what the maker movement is and lays out the basics of the most popular tools and electronics you would encounter in a makeshop, with lots of full-color photos and clear explanations.
Although Gatta focuses on the experiences of women, this book is a must read for all people, regardless of gender, who wish to gain a better understanding of workforce development in the U.S. Gatta gives an overview of the history and policies of workforce development with a particular focus on One Stop Career Centers. Gatta pulls together her own story going undercover as a client in a New Jersey One Stop Career Center and first-hand experiences of unemployed and underemployed women and caseworkers to provide an honest look at the current state of workforce development. Gatta explains that One Stop Career Centers, because of lack of funding, staffing and external support, often end up funneling individuals, especially women, into low-wage jobs rather than investing in the kind of intensive training and education needed to place people in higher-paying, higher-skilled jobs, costing both employers and employees money and satisfaction in the long run. Gatta explores the many ways sexism, racism and the "rhetoric of welfare" contribute to unemployment, underemployment and ineffectual workforce development and offers recommendations on improving workforce services to help individuals get good-paying sustainable jobs and employers to find skilled long-term employees.
Would you like to bring more creativity to your work and life? This book will help you recognize and tap into your innate creative style. Learn about the 16 different creative personality types and take a simple quiz to determine which one is your match. In addition to practical advice and every day tools, the authors also include a chapter outlining how to best use your creative type to succeed at your job--from finding meaningful work and developing a personal brand to making decisions and nurturing ideas.
In this updated edition, John Caunt looks at the age of information in which we are living and provides useful motivation and exercises for optimizing our productivity, both inside and outside of our careers. With the simple premise that being and effective organizer maximizes our potential and provides greater satisfaction within our jobs, Caunt demonstrates that this carries over and allows more time to concentrate on personal growth and relationships. Many believe that organization is an innate characteristic and you either "have it or you don't" but Caunt shows that with discipline, people can overcome their natural tendency and create an organized structure. The book provides checklists for assessing strengths and weakness and exercises for improving task implementation and time tracking. Each of the book's ten chapters illustrates practical and attainable goals to facilitate the path to better organization. With perseverance and attention, it is possible to realize the all-encompassing benefits of being an organized person, and How to Organize Yourself will assist in the process in all facets of life. This book is part of the Creating Success series and many of the other titles are also available in the JCEC.
What I love about this book is the Introduction, because Martha starts her idea about this book in 2004 when she was in federal prison camp in Alderson. She met many women who wanted her advice on how to start up their own business when they got out of Alderson. Martha explains to the reader how to start a business by doing what you love and sharing your ideas that helped you succeed in your hobbies. Something I took from this book is to always put your best foot forward. She encourages the reader to make sure when they finally get out there they must put the best ingredients and quality in their product even if it means there profit will feel it.
If you love reading comic books and graphic novels, you might want to consider turning your passion into a new career. Comic Books & Graphic Novels, from the Fergusonís Careers in Focus series, gives a detailed look at careers connected to the field, covering a wide range of occupations: comic book artists and writers, graphic designers, literary agents, Webmasters, bindery workers, printing press operators, and more. Each career profile consists of a brief job overview, history of the profession, job duties and details, requirements, suggestions of how to explore the career, tips on how to begin and advance, earnings, a description of the typical work environment, and career outlook. If youíre looking for a career in an extraordinary field, this book is a good place to start!
All of us know to use the correct key words for our resumes and cover letters, but we also need to know to use the best key words for our job interviews. In this book, you will find key words to say during your interview. For example, in every chapter you will find a Top 10 Key words and Key words Phrases for a variety of jobs. Some of the jobs they cover are: Sales and Marketing, Lawyers, Education, Health Care, Accounting, and many more. As you can see, they cover pretty much all of the job markets.
We need to remember it is just as important to use proper language during our interview as it is in our writing. The key words that get the employees attention during the interview could be the reason why they hire you for the job. So, checking out this book for your next interview would be a great tool for you to succeed.
Many people dream of opening their own restaurant, but it's a tough business with an extremely high failure rate. If you can pull it off, owning and running a restaurant can be fun and satisfying, but it takes a lot of hard work to get to that point. Instead of trying to sugar-coat all the difficult and sometimes tedious responsibilities that come along with operating a restaurant, Arthur L. Meyer and John M. Vann focus on the practical knowledge necessary to actually make it in the industry.
The authors talk about the serious initial considerations: location, patron demographics, style, menu, and pricing. They go over the boring stuff: taxes, zoning, and insurance. Best of all, they cover all the things you might not yet have realized you had to deal with: equipment, supplies, design and layout, safe food handling guidelines, sanitation, music licensing fees, finding the right employees, getting the food to the customer while it's still warm!
For those of you who have never worked in a restaurant, one of the most useful sections of the book, Chapter 11, outlines a day in the life of a restaurant, covering everything from opening to closing procedures both in the back and front of the house. If you are thinking about starting a restaurant, the reality of the industry outlined in this book might send you running back to your desk job, or it might boost your confidence by giving you the practical know-how you were missing.
Wendy Sachs, a freelance TV news producer and mother of two, questioned over 100 working mothers to find out how they achieve success in their personal and professional lives. While Sachs interviewed a variety of women, almost all had demanding, lucrative careers, as well as husbands with high-paying jobs. Offering a greater variety of voices and stories would provide readers with a more balanced and realistic depiction of the challenges working mothers face. Despite this imbalance, the book does offer encouragement and useful advice.
Many of the women interviewed mentioned that flexibility -- both at home and at work -- is a vital part of their success. Creating clear boundaries between work and home life also helps. Parents who are able to give themselves fully to their jobs, and then come home and be fully present for their children are happier and more productive at both endeavors.
The bottom line: every family is different, and there are no easy answers, but certain strategies can help women succeed at home and on the job.
Instead of looking at changing your career as a need because of the job market, look at it as a chance to have the career you have always wanted. In this book you will find a checklist to help you decide if you will be happier if you change your career. The author walks you through steps - from finding the right job for you all the way to the interview process. More people today in their midlife are choosing to change their career because they want more meaning out of their job for themselves. Sharing your talent or gift is something to reach for, especially once you realize you have it.
With over twenty years of experience as a career counselor, Robin Ryan offers wise and relevant advice for the over-40 job seeker. She also surveyed hundreds of hiring managers across the country, who offered their insights on hiring someone over 40. According to Ryan, one of the most important skills a job seeker should develop is the ability to self-market. She outlines how to craft a "60 Second Sell" and provides tips on how to update your professional appearance. Ryan also emphasizes must-have computer and Internet proficiencies and suggests that readers look for "hidden jobs" through networks and social media. One standout of the book is the substantial and detailed chapters on resumes, cover letters and interviewing. These include real-life examples and advice from actual employers. Closing with an encouraging chapter on staying positive and focused through goal-setting, this book is essential reading for job seekers of any age.