According to federal statistics compiled as of July 2009, the unemployment rate in California is 11.9% and the national unemployment rate is 9.4%.  

In addition to hosting job seeker’s workshops in partnership with the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center (October 1st, 8th, and 29th), Dublin Library is eager to provide other job seeker’s information resources online and in print.  

Online job seeker resources available to Alameda County Library System users can be explored by clicking on this link:  http://www.aclibrary.org/jobsearch/default.asp?topic=JobSearch&cat=FindaJob

 I recently attended a workshop presented by InfoPeople.  This workshop was entitled “Helping Your Patrons Thrive During Challenging Times:  An InfoPeople Workshop”.  The instructor, Jeffrey Lambert, had compiled an excellent list of online resources for job seekers.  The bookmark for this list is:  http://bookmarks.infopeople.org/job%20seekers_bkmk.htm . I cannot urge strongly enough for all job seekers to look at this list of online resources.   

One social networking resource that I had not known about before attending this workshop was LinkedIn, available online at http://www.linkedin.com/ .  LinkedIn has over 45 million members and is another great tool to use in your job search. 

How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job – Or Have a Job Find You

Create a Profile. Create a detailed profile on LinkedIn, including employment (current and past), education, industry, and web sites.

Consider a Photo. You can add a photo (a headshot is recommended or upload a larger photo and edit it) to your LinkedIn profile. Note that it must be a small photo – no larger than 80×80 pixels.

Keywords and Skills. Include all your resume keywords and skills in your profile, so your profile will be found.

Build Your Network. Connect with other members and build your network. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you have. Be sure to only connect to people you know and trust or have a business relationship with.

Get Recommendations. Recommendations from people you have worked with carry a lot of weight.

Search Jobs. Use the job search section to find job listings.

Use Answers. The Answers section of LinkedIn is a good way to increase your visibility. Respond to questions, and ask a question if you need information or assistance.

Stay Connected. Use LinkedIn Mobile (m.linkedin.com) to view profiles, invite new connections, and access to LinkedIn Answers from your phone.

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