How to Get a Great Job: A Library How-To Handbook

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Stock your shelves with this practical guide to assist your patrons in the search for their next great job. This Library How-To Handbook includes expert advice on the most effective ways to

  • Conduct proper research
  • Build networks of friends and colleagues
  • Create a strong resume and cover letter
  • Prepare for an interview
  • Negotiate a contract or a salary

This effective guide emphasizes the help that the local library can offer in this process, using its reference materials, the Internet, and the advice of experienced researchers.

Introduction: "Beyond the Books" in Today's Public Libraries

Chapter 1: Before You Begin
Chapter 2: Researching the Job Market
Chapter 3: Getting Down to Brass Tacks: The Ongoing Job Search
Chapter 4: Writing Résumés Right
Chapter 5: Crafting Effective Cover Letters
Chapter 6: Mastering Twenty-First-Century Networking
Chapter 7: Examining Potential Employers
Chapter 8: Honing Your Interview Skills
Chapter 9: Negotiating the Best Pay and Benefits for Your New Job



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"Equally valuable to both new graduates and older workers who are newly unemployed, this book can fill in gaps in knowledge or connect the dots to help readers become more effective and competitive job seekers."

"Patrons will enjoy these simple but well-organized tools addressing that audience of novices who need help navigating the career or scholarship resources of their public libraries ... These books should be in every public library, and, given the cost, in high school libraries as well. Full disclosure: I'm going to recommend them to our College Success course faculty as potential textbooks."
--Catholic Library World