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New In Our Collection ~ The Start-Up Plan for Starting Now: Fail Fast or Win Big

March 11th, 2015

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

Entrepreneurs have long been taught that to be successful, they need to spend months perfecting a business plan and finding investors before they can finally launch their business. But with the marketplace changing at lightning speed, this notion is not only outdated – it’s costly. There’s no point to building a business in a bubble. Today’s entrepreneurs must embrace the idea of “failing fast.” They need to connect with real customers and determine quickly whether their idea is worth pursuing, needs new direction, or should be abandoned altogether. Fail Fast or Win Big shows entrepreneurs how to: create a rapid prototype of their product or service; develop a business model instead of a business plan; test it repeatedly with customers so they can spot failure early; continue to refine the model based on customer interactions; leverage their network and resources in order to run lean. The longer it takes to launch a company, the more changes there will have been in the market place. Featuring real-life examples of entrepreneurs who set out to fail fast and ended up winning big, this ground breaking guide reveals how the right kind of risk can really pay off.

New In Our Collection ~ Strategize to Win : The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in your Career

February 22nd, 2015

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The Wall Street powerhouse and author of Expect to Win offers a new way to conceptualize career strategies and gives us proven tools for successful change

Whether we’re starting out, striving toward a promotion, or looking for a new opportunity, the working world isn’t what it used to be. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris knows this, and in Strategize to Win she gives readers the tools they need to get started; get “unstuck” from bad situations; redirect momentum; and position themselves to manage their careers no matter the environment. With her trademark galvanizing advice, Harris identifies and clarifies issues that are often murky, offering lessons on: Identifying and making the most of your work profile (are you a Good Soldier? a Leader? an Arguer?); preparing for a career change without going back to school or taking a step down: honing three essential skills industry leaders possess (and how to get them); tuning into unspoken cues; and thriving through change. Introducing a new way of planning one’s career in five-year units, Strategize to Win distills battle-tested and step-by-step tools that Carla has used to launch and sustain her own successful career and help others move forward, recover from setbacks, and position themselves for success.

LinkedIn To Your Network

February 13th, 2015

LinkedIn is a powerful, professional, social networking tool that is becoming more and more essential to the job hunting process. Some readers may already be on LinkedIn and others may not. This blog will provide a survey of resources that will assist you with either getting started on LinkedIn or to improve your existing profile and begin using LinkedIn more effectively in your job search.

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New In Our Collection ~ People Tools for Business

January 18th, 2015

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Network or Don’t Work

January 7th, 2015

Maria Frey, who runs the Port Washington Public Library’s Job Search Boot Camp, teaches networking as the single most important tool to use in your job search. Many of us struggle with exactly what this means. What is networking? How do you do it? With whom do you networking. Here is a survey of some articles or videos that will give you insight into this important concept and prepare you to begin to build relationships toward helping you succeed.

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Joining Forces for Veterans

November 8th, 2014

Joining Forces is an initiative of the White House lead by Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Joining Forces seeks to “work hand in hand with the public and private sectors to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives”
Joining Forces

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

October 22nd, 2014

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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

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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,  CollegeAffordabilityGuide.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. College Affordability Guide 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. College Affordability Guide 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.