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New In Our Collection ~ The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-proof Your Life

August 21st, 2014

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

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The biggest trend in business is the microbusiness! Handcrafted jewelry, artisanal eats, life coaching, app development, you name it—entrepreneurial side ventures are everywhere. Weary of pink-slip anxiety and the endless money squeeze, millions of people are taking the leap. They’re adding to their incomes and creating safety nets in case the ax falls at work. In the process, they’re unlocking their creativity and finding a sense of fulfillment they never dreamed possible.

 Financial columnist Kimberly Palmer illuminates the everyday faces behind this growing movement, starting with her own journey. Recognizing that journalism offers little job security these days—and with a baby to provide for—she decided to develop a series of financial planners. This supplemental business was soon providing a reliable income stream.

 The Economy of You recounts story after story of people who—like Kimberly—are liberating themselves from financial strain. A deli employee who makes custom cakes at night. An instrument repairman who sells voice-overs on his website. A videographer who started a profitable publishing house on the side. Interwoven in the profiles are concrete guidelines for readers looking to launch rewarding businesses of their own, including:

  • Tips for figuring out the ideal side gig
  • Ideas for keeping start up costs low
  • Advice on juggling a fledgling enterprise and a full-time job
  • Strategies for finding your “tribe” and building a social network
  • Branding and marketing basics that bring results
  • When and what to offer for free
  • And much more

Companies guarantee nothing but today’s wages. It’s up to YOU to build stability by becoming a money-making engine. It’s empowering, gratifying, and easy to do with The Economy of You.

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New In Our Collection ~ Reinventing You : Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

July 28th, 2014

Stop by the library to check-out a brand new book in our Jobs & Career Information Center, or reserve a copy online.

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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.

A Vital Job Search Resource for the Legal Profession in Nassau County

April 7th, 2014

Recently featured in Long Island Business News, The Nassau County Bar Association’s Career Center, has become a vital resource for Long Islanders who are searching for a career in the legal profession. This career center features local opportunities for lawyers, paralegals and secretaries. Over this past year it has seen a 60 percent increase in job postings. The NCBA Career Center shows every sign of continuing to grow as it has become a lower cost way for employers to find qualified candidates without the major expense of a professional recruiter or head hunter. For job seekers,  it is a free service, and you can post your resume anonymously so that your current employer will not know you are searching.  If you are a registered member of the Nassau County Bar Association, you get the added benefit of seeing new job postings before non-members. You can learn more about the benefits of joining the Nassau County Bar Association by clicking here.

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