Library Offers One-Stop Shopping for Job Hunters

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Among the multitude of resources available at the Schaumburg Township District Library is everything you need to find a new job or change careers.

The adult reference area on the second floor contains books, pamphlets, special periodicals, computer programs, Internet sites and even certain types of office equipment needed to complete nearly every aspect of your search. One could say the library provides one-stop shopping when it comes to job hunting.

Dawn Bussey, director of reference services, suggests that a job hunter's first step be to investigate the vocational guidance information in the reference pamphlet file. Librarians at the reference desk can help patrons find this file or any other information mentioned in this article.

"The vocational pamphlets are great because they not only provide the responsibilities, working conditions and education needed for a wide variety of careers, they also offer salary ranges, specific organizations to contact and job outlooks," Bussey said. "In fact, one of our most popular publications for career information is the U.S. government's 'Occupational Outlook Handbook.'"

From there, Bussey suggests using the library's job periodicals, such as the "National Ad Search," or "Chicago Jobs Magazine," to name just a couple.

There are also publications that list jobs in specific areas, including "Job Seeker," which targets the environmental field, or "Community Jobs," designed for the not-for-profit sector. Specialized journals covering careers from architecture to zoology are available as well, and usually contain job listings on the back pages.

Patrons expanding their job search nationwide can find ads in the Sunday edition of many major city newspapers that can be obtained from the periodicals desk. …