Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Finding Work With Uncle Sam: Using

The next Career Information Center Program will be on Monday, January 23 from 10am to noon at the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Rt 35 Shrewsbury, NJ. The topic will be using and other resources to find employment in the federal government. About one third of all government jobs can be searched at which is produced by the Office of Personnel Management which is online at

The Career Information Center will explain about jobs at "excepted service" agencies, the Postal Service and the uniformed military branches.

To those of you who have used before, note that the application process has been changed as part of the Federal Hiring Reform Initiative which is explained at For more Career Resources visit the Career Information Center online at

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Follow The Money: Identifing Government Contractors As Potential Employers

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 10am-noon
Monmouth County Library 1001 Rt 35
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center who show you how to find lists of federal and state government contractors in your area and in your industry. This information could be useful in identifying potential employers if you are presently looking for a new job.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Intro To

On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, the Monmouth County Library Career Information Center will present an introduction to contains online job listings from over 2400 sources including 10,000 registered NJ employers. By accessing jobs4jersey you can write or revise a resume, receive email notification of jobs that match your resume, and search for online job listings.

Jobs4jersey also provides links to other NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development services such as NJ Career Assistance Navigator, trade schools directories, employment programs for older workers and veterans, and many other services at

For more information on Career Information Center programs call the Monmouth County Library at 866-941-8188

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Career Information Center Program, Tuesday October 25, 2011, 10am-noon

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center will present a program on Using Business Directories to Find Potential Employers In The Hidden Job Market. The program will be at the Eastern Branch Library at 1001 Rt 35, Shrewsbury, NJ. The Time will be 10am to Noon on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Information on the program can be obtained by calling 866-941-8188.

The "Hidden Job Market" refers to the large percentage (75%) of jobs that are available but not listed on online job listings. Companies may be looking for employees through personnel agencies, employee recommendations, referral programs, association membership lists, and resume banks.

The use of the following business directories will be demonstrated: the National Employment Matrix, Corfacts Online, "Employer Locator" from CareerInfoNet, Thomas' Register and ReferenceUSA.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Introduction to Career Transitions, Sept 19th. 2011

The New Jersey State Library is making Career Transitions available to all libraries in New Jersey. Career Transitions is an online website to assist individuals in job-hunting, resume writing, and career choice. An introduction to Career Transitions will be given at the Monmouth County Library on Route 35 in Shrewsbury on Monday, September 19th from 10am to noon.

You can access Career Transitions from

For more information on using Career Transitions call the Monmouth County Career Information Center at 866-941-8188.

Monmouth County Job Fair Sept 22nd 2011

There will be a Job Fair At Brookdale Community College on Thursday September 22nd, 2011 from 4pm to 7pm. Brookdale is located on Newman Springs Rd in Lincroft, 1 mile west of Parkway Exit 109.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has set up a new website for searching for jobs in New Jersey and surrounding states. It is .

It features a resume builder, job searching, a save search function, links to training resources, career exploration and also information on starting your own business.

Try it now. Good Luck in your job search.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Choosing A Career That Pays Enough

A Career Information Center presentation
Wednesday, July 13 10am-12noon
1001 Rt 35 Shrewsbury, NJ

What is enough? By comparing occupational wage rates in Monmouth County with standard of living indexes based on Monmouth County prices, this presentation will help you identify careers that provide a self-sufficient income without private or public assistance.

The program is based on statistics from the Poverty Research Institute of New Jersey and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Family budget estimates vary according to family composition and include budgeting for housing, childcare, food, transportation, and taxes.

The full report on the Monmouth County prices can be found at:

The full report on New Jersey can be found at

"Basic Economic Security Tables for the United States 2010" is the title of a similar report publishced by Wider Opportunities for Women. That report is available at:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Improve Your Resume With Resume Builder from Job & Career Accelerator

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center is presenting a program on resume writing with the Job & Career Accelerator. The program is at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Rt 35 (Broad St.) Shrewsbury, NJ from 10am to noon on Tuesday, June 28th.
People who have a library card from any New Jersey public library can register to use Job & Career Accelerator which is available online at Users are encouraged to take the online tutorial and to print out a copy of the Resume Builder User Guide.

Job & Career Accelerator also has sections on career choice, occupational descriptions and current job listings.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New book arrivals on Career Topics

Just a note to let you know that we got 3 new books today at the library.
"How To Start A Pet Grooming Business"; "Start Your Own Food Truck Business", and "Social Networking for Career Success" by Miriam Salpeter. With so many online resource for finding a job, it is easy to forget that books are useful resources for learning how to do a job. Libraries can help you find books on your career topics; don't hesitate to ask.

You can request books directly from the library catalog at or call the library at 866-941-8188

have a nice day

Friday, May 27, 2011

National Employment Matrix / Search by Occupation and Find New Industries

A given occupation occurs in different industries. If you are looking for an occupation in only one industry, but not finding work, then perhaps you could look in other industries that employ the same occupation. The National Employment Matrix from the Bureau of Labor Statistics will show you a ranked list of industries for a given occupation.

Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics webpage on "Employment Projectins" at . Scroll down to "National Employment Matrix". Select "Search by Occupation". Enter your occupation and view the results. To find local companies in the industry list, use a business directory such as ReferenceUSA. which is available via

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries online

The Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries, as the name suggests, provides insight into the inception, emergence and current status of new industries. Since emerging industries by definition new industries, this resource can help you find employment by highlighting industries that are growing. They might not be big now, but growth is predicted.

To find the Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries, go the following internet address:

From there, click on "Business and Company Resource Center".
From there, click on "advanced search".
In the "Content Area" select "industry overviews".
In the empty search box, type "emerging industries" in "source".
Then click on search. You will then see the emerging industries listed alphabetically.
Click to see the industry description.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Career Connect Workshop on Social Media for Job Hunting

"Social media, self-marketing & building professional communities" is the title of the next Career Connect workshop at the Monmouth County Division of Employment and Training which is located at 145 Wyckoff Road, Suite 201 in Eatontown, NJ. The time is Wednesday, May 25th from 2:30 to 4pm. Call 732-683-2111 to register to attend. The Division of Employment and Training has provided the following description of this workshop:

"It is the human connections that get you work much more than the "database query" of searching job listings. What is Social Media Marketing and how can we use it to enhacnce our career search and visibility? Linkedin, Brightfuse, facebook, Twitter....join us to learn how to leverage these sites and build professional networks."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Real Time Jobs In Demand from NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development

This postings describes Real Time Jobs In Demand which is a Career choice and Job Searching tool which is on the Job Seekers page of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Real Time Jobs In Demand ranks occupations by number of current job postings. There is also information on projected occupational growth, current number of claims for unemployment, and training required. You can move from an occupational listing directly to the posting of jobs with current openings. This is one of the many good job searching services from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Costco To Open New Store in Marlboro, apply online now

The Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board in Eatontown has information that Costco is opening a new store on Route 9 in Marlboro. If you are interesting in applying, you have to go online to good luck

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Wage variations for same occupations in different industries

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a database that shows how wages for the same occupation differ among industries. The method of doing the search is a little complicated but I think the information is worth the effort.

First go to the NJ Department of Labor section on "Labor Market Information" at Then click on "Data Tools" and then select "Occupational Employment Statistics"
For Monmouth County area data select "Metropolitan Division" and then "Edison". Click on "continue".
then Select one occupation and click on "continue"
then "select all" the industries and click on "continue"
then select "hourly wage" and click on "continue"
Then on the "data series' page,click on "select all" and then "continue"
Then on the "sorting columns" page, just click on "continue"
The report should now appear. You click on the column headings you can change the sorting to up or down. You can also download the report to excel.

If you have any problems with this. Call me at the library 866-941-8188

Charles Gross, Career Information Center Librarian

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Starting a home-based business

This is just a note to say that the library has three new books in the "How to start a home-based business" series. The news are on "Personal Chef Business", the "Bakery Business" and the "Recording Studio Business". You can reserve these books through the library catalog at . The library has a total of 27 books in this series. To find the list of them type the series title "How to start a home-based business".

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Social Networking by Human Resources Departments

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has written a report on Social Networking by Human Resources Departments. The full title of the report is "SHRM Research Spotlight: Social Networking Websites and Staffing". Click on the title to read the 2 page report. The "key finding" is that "more than one-half (56%) of the organizations currently use social networking websites when recruiting potential job candidates". Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter are the most used social sites. The most popular use of the social networking sites is "to recruit passive job candidates who might not otherwise apply or be contacted by the organization".

Friday, April 29, 2011

New and Emerging Occupations from O*NET

O*NET, Occupational Information Network from the US Department of Labor has issued a list of “New and Emerging Occupations in high growth industries” that is available through the following link
. By clicking on the occupation you get a description of the occupation including tasks, wages and employment trends. There is also an accompanying list of “Bright Outlook Occupations” which includes the new occupations and other occupations with high employment numbers.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Employment Resource Fair, Tuesday May 17, 2011

Attention Job Seekers. There will be an Employment Resource Fair at the Monmouth County Library at 10am on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The fair will be at the Library Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan, NJ. For information call 732-431-7220 or 866-941-8188. Explore local, county, and state employment services available through the Monmouth County Library Career Information Center, The Monmouth County Division of Employment and Training, the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Brookdale Community College and Bio 1, the NJ Bioscience Talent Network.

Friday, April 1, 2011 Resources for Job Seekers

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center will highlight the Riley Guide at a presentation at the Eastern Branch Library on Wednesday, April 27 from 10am to noon. The Library is located at 1001 Rt 35 (Broad St.), Shrewsbury, NJ. For information call 866-941-8188. The Riley Guide is an online directory of career and employment information. The Riley Guide is online at Part 1 of the guide highlights articles on job hunting and career choice. Part 2, the A-Z Index helps the user find job information in special occupations and industries.

The Monmouth County Library Career Information Center is online at

Monday, February 28, 2011

Nearing Retirement Age?

On Monday, March 21, 2011 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, representatives from the Social Security Administration will conduct a pre-retirement seminar to help you plan for retirement. The program will be at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 1001 Rt 35 (Broad St.) in Shrewsbury, NJ.

This program is for individuals who are not currently receiving social security benefits and who are in the 50-65 age bracket. The seminar will address such questions as: deciding what age to retire, how to estimate your benefits, and how working after retirement can affect your benefits. Pre-registration is requested; please call 866-941-8188 to register.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Employment Resource Fair Sat. Feb 26 10am

There will be a Employment Resource Fair at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library at 10am-12noon, Saturday February 26, 2011. Representatives from the following agencies will describe how they can help you with employment and career issues: Monmouth County Division of Employment and Training, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County Library Career Information Center, and BIO-1-Stop, the NJ Bioscience Talent Network.

The Library is located at 1001 Rt 35 (Broad St) in Shrewsbury, NJ .

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Monmouth County Summer Job Suggestions

The February Career Information Center program will be "Summer Job Suggestions".
Tuesday, February 15, 2011. 7pm-8:30pm. Monmouth County Library
Eastern Branch. 1001 Rt 35 (Broad St.) Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Yes, it is only winter, but now is the time to look for a summer job. The Career Information Center librarian will present reports from the NJ Department of Labor that identify potential employers, industries and occupations. That report (the most recent report is for 2010) can be viewed at the following website.

Because the summer job opportunities are mostly in tourism related businesses, the librarian will also show how the 2011 Monmouth County "Travel Guide" can be your guide to summer employment. The "Travel Guide" can be viewed at the following website.