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New In Our Collection ~ Rookie Smarts : Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

October 22nd, 2014

Stop by the library to check-out a brand new book in our Jobs & Careers Information Centeror reserve a copy online

Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset—with Rookie Smarts—you can.

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Careers stall, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. Being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

In this essential guide, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts. She argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers—alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like pioneers. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as “perpetual rookies.” Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mindsets and practices of these high-performing rookies.

Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: “Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up?” The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie.

Rookie Smarts isn’t just for professionals seeking personal renewal; it is an indispensible resource for all leaders who must ensure their workforces remains vital and competitive.

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New In Our Collection ~ What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know

October 18th, 2014

Stop by the library to check-out a brand new book in our Jobs & Careers Information Centeror reserve a copy online

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Careers Related to Sustainability & Green Technology

September 22nd, 2014

With rapidly evolving technology there are jobs that exist now that may not have existed when you first began or finished your education. Whether you are a college senior just about to enter the workforce, or a seasoned professional contemplating a career change, there may be professional positions that you never considered pursuing because they simply didn’t exist when you were making those important decisions about your career path.

Careers related to sustainability and green technology, social media and even elder care either didn’t exist until recently or were a small part of another profession. Sustainabilitydegrees.com features 8 of the most in-demand jobs related to sustainability, for those interested in pursuing jobs in this field there are opportunities for those who received or will pursue business, energy, engineering or science education. The site includes tips on how to tailor your education for jobs in sustainability.

For those looking to minimize their cost of education and earn course credit for skills you already have, affordabledegreesonline.org, offers a guide to affordable and accredited online colleges. It includes how to evaluate the quality of online educations and how to take free online classes. Affordable Degrees Online also includes explanations of the latest trends in online learning such as Massive Open Online Courses and information on how to take Prior Learning Assessment tests and College Level Examination Programs that award college credit for knowledge you already have. Affordable Degrees Online has specific profiles of affordable degree programs, many of which can offer you ways of increasing your skills in some of the newest and most in-demand jobs including sustainability.

Become a TaskRabbit

June 30th, 2014

TaskRabbit.com  is a website and smart phone app that offers people the opportunity to earn money by becoming a “TaskRabbit.” A TaskRabbit is like working as a freelance, offering the services you know how to do to anyone who needs them. Members of the website post tasks that they would like a TaskRabbit to do for them, a video on their website gives an example of a very busy women who had a knee injury who enlisted the help of TaskRabbits to do shopping, house cleaning and other delivers to her home. As I explored the website, the variety of paid tasks was even more diverse than you might expect, including assisting with research projects, data entry, administrative tasks, vacation planning, etc. Many of these tasks can be done from home. You can explore different paid tasks that you could do as a TaskRabbit in New York City here.

TaskTabbit.com assures all of its members that hiring a TaskRabbit is safe and reliable. In order to become a TaskRabibit, you must follow these steps and be willing to undergo a background check.

  1. Create an Account
  2. You must be 21 years of age or over
  3. Verify your identity by connecting your TaskRabbit.com account to Facebook or Linked-In
  4. You may be allowed to proceed in the application process by taking a quiz or you may be informed that there is a  temporary hold on new TaskRabbit applications

Once you have fully been verified as a TaskRabbit, you now have the liberty of browsing through tasks that members have posted and bidding on ones that interest you. Check out this video on what it’s like to be a TaskRabbit.

TimeBanks

February 8th, 2014

Before the invention of money, people exchanged services for services and goods for goods in a system that was called bartering. Bartering is now dead. Or is it? Timebanks.org seeks to create local networks of people willing to exchange favors based on the idea that every single individual has something that they can offer another individual. Everyone has needs and everyone has something they can do to fulfill the needs of another person. Families and friends often have an informal versions of this exchange of services in that we usually try to do favors for our friends and family when we are able to so. In exchange, friends and family often do favors for us when they are able to do so. TimeBanks seeks to formalize this mutual exchange through technology. TimeBanks goes a step further and allows groups of people to help one another.

For example, if you are a grandmother/grandfather that has years of experience caring for children.  You can offer this service to a busy parent and gain “time credit.” If there comes a time when you might need to move heavy furniture out of your home, you can put out a request and someone with the skills to help you can earn time credit themselves for doing this.

“The idea is simple: I earn a time credit by doing something for you. It doesn’t matter what that “something” is. You turnaround and earn a time credit doing something for someone else. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child-care equals an hour of dentistry equals an hour of home repair equals an hour of teaching someone to play chess.” 

Learn more about TimeBanks and how to join a local network or to start your own network

Cypress Resume

January 17th, 2014

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Cypress Resume is an online tool that helps Port Washington Library cardholders effortlessly create a professional resume in just a few minutes. Its easy-to-use format assures you won’t spend hours trying to perfect your document—all the hard work is done for you. Simply plug in your basic information and Cypress Resume creates a perfectly formatted document to help you land that dream job.

A resume needs to grab the attention of an employer almost immediately in order to have the best chance of making it through the weeding process. Cypress Resume’s gigantic library of tens of thousands of professional statements is designed to do exactly that. Its database covers virtually all professions, grouping job types by core tasks.

With Cypress Resume, there is no need to compose anything, ever. Simply type basic information about yourself and leave the difficult task of writing concise, descriptive statements detailing your abilities to the resume builder.

To access this new service, simply click here: Cypress Resume.  Enter your Port Washington Library card number and begin the process of creating a fantastic new resume today.  Also available in Español.

Jobs & Careers Center…

January 25th, 2013

Career Coaching Workshops with Karen McKenna

Twice monthly, Karen leads the following small group workshops: Resume & Cover Letter Preparation and Job Search Strategies.  To register for one or both of these workshops, please call 516-883-4400 Ext. 111 or e-mail reference@pwpl.org

Karen is a career and outplacement coach, trainer, and writer with over 25 years of business experience across multiple industries. She has worked for The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Drake Beam Morin (DBM), Estée Lauder, Tuesday’s Children and Winthrop University Hospital.

Passionate about helping people find their way in life, Karen advises clients on how to effectively navigate today’s challenging job market, tapping into valuable resources based on their individual goals. She has helped hundreds of individuals envision and shape their own futures. Ms. McKenna writes a monthly column for Long Island Business News and teaches continuing education classes at Hofstra University and Molloy College.

Financial Counseling with Samuel J. Schiff

Financial Advisor Samuel J. Schiff works with individuals, families, young professionals and small business owners, helping them with retirement, college funding, business succession, legacy & estate planning, insurance, and investments. Sam is an active member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) and Society of FSP (Financial Service Professionals).

Sam likens most people’s financial situation to the “junk drawer” that we all have someplace in our house. Everything gets thrown into the drawer without much forethought or organization. Mr. Schiff looks at individuals’ financial  junk drawers and helps advise them on what’s working and what isn’t, duplication of services, and anything that might be detrimental. He will clarify and streamline the process to help anyone make better informed decisions about their financial future.

To schedule an individual, confidential appointment , please call 516-883-4400 Ext. 111 or e-mail reference@pwpl.org