Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Job Hunting & Career Changing with help from the Tennessee Electronic Library!

By Andrea Zielke

One of the most difficult aspects of job hunting or changing careers is figuring out how to begin.  The whole process can seem overwhelming.  When I moved to Nashville and started looking for a job, I forgot how long a job search could take and I had no idea what resources were available to help me. I went to my local library and found that they had free resources to help with my job hunt.  The resources covered the whole job hunting process: doing a career assessment, creating resumes and cover letters, and even practice interviews!  Who would have guessed that the resources I used to start my career in Nashville would help me land a job where I am responsible for those same resources!  The Tennessee Electronic Library (www.tntel.info) and your local public library offer many free tools to help get your job search off on the ground!

Online Resources

Career Transitions is a very intuitive, user friendly database that can guide anyone through the major steps of the employment process including choosing a career, job searching, applying and interviewing.  If you have previous professional or military experience, you can match those skills with potential careers. Career Transitions also includes sample resume and cover letters based on experience and industry which is always helpful when you do not know quite how to begin.  The goal is to improve the user’s chance of getting a new job and this tool is very helpful.

Users are not required to sign up for an account to use the resources provided in this database but it is recommended to sign up for an account if you use Career Transitions to track and manage your job search, resumes and cover letters.

Based on the name, you may think that Testing and Education Reference Center is only for high school and college students, but there are many useful tools in the database for all ages.  Testing and Education Reference Center has many professional practice exams, online courses and ebooks for many careers including cosmetology, nursing, civil service and many more. If you are going back to school, there are practice entrance exams for community colleges, undergraduate and graduate programs.  It also includes undergrad and grad school program searches and a scholarship search! There are great articles and checklists for getting ready to go back to school. 

Like Career Transitions, Testing and Education Reference Center also includes a resume builder where you can create and manage multiple resumes during your job search.  It also has a Virtual Career Library with tutorials to walk you through the career-seeking process - from searching for jobs, to preparing resumes and cover letters, and negotiating job conditions. Learn how to find a new career, land the job, and thrive in your new position.

Users are required to sign up for an account to use the resources provided in this database to track and manage your college search, testing scores and resumes.

TEL also provides access to a number of magazines, trade publications and newspapers to help you keep up to date in your current or potential field through the Vocations and Career Collection on TEL.  The database offers hundreds of current and applicable periodicals, from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

Computers and WiFi 

If you need computers or WiFi to create resumes and apply for jobs, you can find resources at your local public library (link to: https://tnsos.net/TSLA/PLD/index.php). Computers for public use and WiFi access are available in Tennessee public libraries. You can print from these public computers. Laptops and WiFi hotspots can often be borrowed from your public library. If you need help learning how to use computers, many public libraries offer many computers classes or web-based training tutorials. 

The Tennessee Electronic Library is excited to offer these resources for free to Tennessean!  Happy job hunting!

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

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