Wednesday, January 28, 2009

193,000 Federal Gov't Job Openings through Sept 2009

According to the website "Ferguson's Career Guidance Center" from Facts-On-File, the federal government expects to hire "nearly 200,000 new workers in the year that ends in September 2009. This is because of current workers retiring. For the full article click here
The Ferguson's Career Guidance Center website is accessible from the Monmouth County Library homepage at For assistance in using this resource, contact the Monmouth County Library at 866-941-8188

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries" from Gale

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center encourages job-hunters to access the online "Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries" published by the Gale division of Cengage Learning. This publication is an attempt to identify and describe new, growing industries. The online publication is accessible from the Monmouth County Library website at Click on "electronic resources-Complete List. Scroll down to "Business and Company Resource Center"; then click on "Advanced Search". Change the "content area" to "industry Overviews"; then, type in "emerging" In "Source". The result will be a list of the 181 emerging industries.
You will be prompted to enter the barcode number of your Monmouth County Library Card.
For assistance in using this resource call the library at 866-941-8188

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Book: Knock'em Dead: Ultimate Job Search 2009

This really looks like a good book. Chapters on resumes, networking, interviewing, negotiating and psychological testing. Martin Yate's series of Knock'em Dead books is in its 23 year. That's job security. To reserve your copy call the library at 866-941-8188.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Recession-resistant jobs

The January 21 New York Times has a article on recession-proof jobs that involve managing layoffs or helping unemployed people find jobs. The New Jersey unemployment office has been hiring people recently to cope with the large numbers of unemployment people. See Wall St. Journal artice of Jan 15th

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Try "Career Voyages" Website

I had not looked at the "Career Voyages" Website for a while; it is definitely worth a look. Presented by the US Dept of Labor and US Department of Education it tries to connect labor trends and educational programs. Of course, being based on the 2006-2016 occupational projections it does not reflect the immediate recession, but for long-term planning it is probably ok. It certainly is interesting.

More on "Recession-proof" jobs

In a previous post I mentioned the 2004 article in Occupational Outlook Quarterly that is titled "Matching Yourself with the world of work 2004". Take a look at it. The charts have a column with the heading "economically sensitve" which means the the OOQ staff thinks that the job title would not be affected by recession. A blank in the column means that job is sort of recession resistant. It is a interesting list. Health, social service and education jobs are noted a resistant. take a look at the list. Have a nice day

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wall St. Journal Touts Libraries for Job Searching

In a January 15 article on Libraries, Jim Carlton writes in the Wall St Journal that "unemployed people flock to [library] branches to fill out resumes and scan ads for job listing". I want to add that libraries can help you do research for interviews, find lists (from business directories) of potential employers, find information on job trends and just help you. Our library career information website is at Call us at 866-941-8188

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Books At The Library

Here are 4 new books on careers that we got today:

"150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs" by JIST Publishing
"Creative Careers in Museums" by Jan Burdick
"Your Dream Job Game Plan" by Mary Fletcher
"Knock-em Dead Cover Letters" by Martin Yate

You can reserve these books by using the library catalog at or by just calling the library at 866-941-8188

Friday, January 9, 2009

National Unemployment Rate up to 7.2%

Here is the link to the January 9th release of Nationwide Unemployment Statistics. Also look at the Bureau of Labor Statistic page on unemployment for state comparisons and local figures The latest unemployment release of NJ state government is available here

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Online E-books For Job-hunting and Career Choice

Online E-books are full-text online versions of regular printed books. Monmouth County Library cardholders can register to access dozens of recently published books on job-hunting, resume writing, and career choice. After you register for the Net-library service at a branch of the Monmouth County Library, you can access these books at home or anywhere you get on the internet. The next time you are at a Monmouth County Library branch ask a librarian to show you the Net-library service and register for a Net-library login name and password.

New Career Information Center books the arrived today are:
"Smart Networking" by Liz Lynch and "Career Opportunities in Science" by Susan Echaore-McDavid

Have a nice day

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

NJ Unemployment Insurance Increases To $584

Starting January 1, 2009, NJ unemployment insurance maximum benefit increseases to $584 per week. Disability increases to $546 per week and Workers Compensation increases to $773. For details click here

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Library Books and some News

The library has received its latest edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is my favorite career information book with information on jobs descriptions, training, employment outlook, working conditions and earnings. It is also online at Its companion volume is my second favorite book it is "Career Guide To Industries". Also online.

The News.... Today's New York Times has more information on Obama's Stimulus package. Health, education, energy, unemployment benefits and tax cuts for workers and business.