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Job and Career Center Newsletter — Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Job and Career Information Center Newsletter

Greetings!

Have you tried informational interviewing in your job search? It might be a great way for you to make connections and learn more about potential jobs.

But what is information interviewing? According to Richard Bolles in What Color is Your Parachute?, informational interviewing is “trying on jobs to see if they fit you.” This allows you to learn about a particular job and work environment before you apply to work there.

Some good guidelines for informational interviewing include:

  • Identify an individual to interview. You can try to find people who work in a field you are interested in by talking to friends, family, or aquaintances. Professional or volunteer organizations can also be a good place to ask individuals for an informational interview.
  • Do your homework — research the individual’s company!
  • Come up with an extensive list of questions to ask the individual. Quint Careers has an extensive list of potential questions that could be a good starting point!
  • Make sure to follow up afterwards and send a thank you note to the individual

You can read more about informational interviewing in The Job Searcher’s Handbook or many other books located in the Job & Career Information Center.

Best,

Rebecca Immich Sullivan

September Classes

Check our calendar for the full listing of upcoming classes!

Onlne Job Application Tutorial
Tuesday, September 22, 2009. 10 – 11 am
Central Library , Business, Science & Technology Department

Practice filling out an online job application with assistance from a librarian. If you don’t have an email address, we’ll help you sign up for one and show you how to check your email. Class is limited to 4 participants.

Registration is required for all classes; call 410-396-5317 to register.

Résumé Review Service

Make your résumé work for you! Call the Job and Career Information Center (410-396-5317) for a free résumé review appointment. Bring a copy of your résumé and get tips and suggestions to create a résumé that will help land a job.

Featured Videos

Getting a Job Using Nontraditional MethodsGetting a Job You Really Want Video Series: Getting a Job Using Nontraditional Methods
DVD Reserves – Careers, DVD HF5382.7 .G48 2005

This video discusses how to talk to employers before a job is available through informational interviewing (refered to as “cold contacting”) and networking. It breaks the hiring process down into four stages and discusses methods for entering the job search at each stage.

Job Search Strategies
DVD Reserves – Careers, DVD HF5382.7 .J63 2000

Learning Seed’s job search strategies shows viewers how to use the internet for the job hunt. It also advises how to network through personal contacts, research possible employers, and avoid dead-end job leads.

How to Set Up Informational Interviews Video on Ehow.com

Gloria Campbell, Advantage Training Systems offers a number of brief videos about interviews, including how to set up an informational job interview, how to discuss weaknesses, and other interviewing tips.

Follow Us on Twitter!

JobCenter_Pratt on Twitter Are you using Twitter in your job search? The Job & Career Information Center has a JobCenter_Pratt Twitter page which will provide tips for job seekers, information on Library programs, and other job related information for the Baltimore area. You can keep up with new job searching tips by becoming one of our followers!

Two-Hour Job Search Computers

Need to apply for a job? Have to file for unemployment? The Job and Career Information Center has a computer available by appointment for you for up to two hours. To make an appointment you will need a valid library card. Please call 410-396-5317 today!

Job & Career Information Center

The Job and Career Information Center at EPFL provides materials and services to individuals exploring careers or seeking jobs. It contains job postings, circulating book and test study guide collections, and databases. We are happy to provide free access to these materials. If you have questions please call 410-396-5317 or email job@prattlibrary.org.

Enoch Pratt Free Library. Baltimore. Maryland. www.prattlibrary.org

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