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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Looking for Career and Company Information?

Are you tired of looking in all of the wrong places for company and career information? We love trees at the Des Plaines Public Library (we really do!) but recommend the following resources instead of a hollowed out cedar:

Career Transitions aims to be a “career center in a box.” It’s a program that walks job seekers and career changers through the job searching process. It includes:
  • A career assessment survey to help you find a career you’ll love
  • A school and program search tool
  • Resume & cover letter assistance
  • Job interview preparation


The DPPL librarians also want you to know about HelpNow, a useful resource for honing your cover letter and resume. -Brodie

HelpNow can help you craft a more powerful resume and cover letter. After you create an account,  upload your documents to the Writing Lab and receive comments and corrections from a tutor within 24 hours. You can also refresh your computer skills or learn new ones in the Adult Learning Center. All tutors possess a four-year college degree, and have prior teaching/tutoring experience.

Reference USA

Reference USA can help you locate and research companies you might want to work for. It has detailed records for millions of businesses that include Human Resource contact names and management directories. It also includes data on company size and number of employees as well as business descriptions and links to job postings.

Business Source Premier helps you to arm yourself with information about your prospective employer before that all important interview. It includes articles from magazines, journals, popular trade magazines and newsletters. It also has financial data, industry reports and company profiles. 

Can I access these resources from home?

Yes, you can!

With a valid Des Plaines Public Library, any of the links above should take you right to the online resource.

Don't have a library card? Stop by sometime and get one. Any Des Plaines resident can apply.

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