An Effort to Increase the Hiring of Youth in Memphis

HireMemphis.org is “…an initiative sponsored by Mayor Strickland to increase youth employment in Memphis.”

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This initiative offers free posting for Memphis businesses, asking that they specifically target 16-24 year olds with their jobs and internships. It works much like any other job board: job seekers may create an account, sign up for alerts and apply for jobs and/or internships.

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There is also a jobs map:

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A Tools section, with advice on resume building, creating an elevator pitch and links to City resources:

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And even a list of the employers that have posted jobs and internships:

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Let’s do what we can to promote this potentially valuable resource to young people in our department.

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Another Option for Product Evaluations

We frequently assist patrons with access to our Consumer Reports issues at the PSD for questions concerning various products and services. Tom’s Guide is another option for similar reviews for tech products in particular.

On the homepage you can get a list of reviewed products in this manner:

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…or you may use the “Product Reviews” dropdown to get this fuller view:

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From that view you can see Tom’s also offers links to Tech deals,

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a Forum in which users may post questions and have them answered, either by Tom’s experts or other Forum users.

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In my opinion the feature that may be of most use for our patrons is the “How To” section:

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As you can see, there are many topics relevant to using apps, devices, programs and more:

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There is also a section where one may download software and other items:

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Tom’s Guide is a good resource for our patrons seeking various types of information on tech products, from buying, to learning how to use them and even having specific questions answered about them.

Free, Detailed, Voluminous Career Advice

As you know, dear reader, we have many patrons in our department who find themselves in the midst of a job search. Today’s subject is perfect for such an individual; a blog called The Muse. This blog is full of career advice of many different types, from getting the job, to getting the job you want, to actual job listings. They also link to career and leadership coaching and information about various industries and companies. It really is a full-service career site. Users may simply browse the site at their leisure, or they may register for an account that offers fuller benefits.1

One article on the site that was recently pointed out to me is “The Ultimate Interview Guide: 30 Prep Tips for Job Interview Success” The article accomplishes exactly what it says in the title, in practical, step by step instructions. I could envision sending a link to an interested patron, or even printing a copy to post somewhere by a Job & Career computer, for example.

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One of the most helpful items in the article is a link to a “cheat sheet” for job interviews that includes the basics an interviewee will need to remember, such as the date and time of the interview, who it was with, etc., all the way to answer starters for questions such as “Why does this job excite you?” It would be a great tool to help someone look as confident and competent as possible in an interview.

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LinkedIn for Job Hunters and Others

We constantly have job seekers at our desk looking for help locating various resources to begin, improve or enrich their searches. I rarely, if ever, hear mention of LinkedIn as a resource. This is not particularly odd, as we don’t have any official connection to the site, and it is not a traditional library resource. However, we may be doing our patrons a disservice if we continue to leave it out of our discussions of resources and offers of help.

LinkedIn is also an effective way to keep your own CV up to date, whether or not you are currently searching for a job, and to keep up with industry trends, what’s going on with coworkers and other professional acquaintances.

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A Good Start

Some may feel that LinkedIn is just a more formal version of Facebook. It is not entirely different from that site, and users of both sites will see several similarities. However, if used properly, LinkedIn may be a powerful tool for connecting an individual with the perfect job. Here are a few tools to which we may point others that shouldn’t require too much investment from our already busy schedules.

Refer patrons to a Money Magazine article published recently called “What Your LinkedIn Profile Should Look Like in 2018”. Author Kristen Bahler emphasizes that “…over 90% of recruiters rely on…” LinkedIn to search for job candidates. So those who are seriously seeking work need to pay attention to this resource. Whether one has a current profile or needs to make one, Bahler includes in this article a five point plan for optimizing LinkedIn for the job seeker.  We could share this article as a good start, and below you will find a photo from that article of a made over LinkedIn profile.

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LinkedIn’s Hired Expert

Additionally, LinkedIn has a Career Expert named Blair Decembrele who includes many in depth tips and articles about how to best use the site to one’s advantage in the job market. Her official title is Director, Editorial Marketing and Consumer Communications and Career Expert at LinkedIn, and hers is the profile pictured at the top of this article.

Hire Your Own Expert

For those who don’t mind paying an expert to help them out, there is a site called linkedin-makeover.com/ that generates good buzz, but many of our patrons are unwilling and/or unable to spend money. It may be a good investment for those willing to pay.

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Possibly the Best Resource is One We Already Have

Finally, and possibly the best resource of all, our own resource Lynda.com has many trainings on LinkedIn.

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As you may or may not know, Lynda.com was purchased by LinkedIn in 2015 for $1.5 Billion. This Forbes article gives a few details of that transaction and is also a great advertisement for not only how Lynda.com works, but is an inside look at the high standards set for the trainers utilized by the site.

As you can see in the graphic above, Lynda.com has 423 hits when I searched for LinkedIn. This may be the most valuable resource of all for optimizing one’s profile, and it is, as we all know, FREE!

To my knowledge LinkedIn is an underutilized resource that we would do well to recommend to our patrons, and hopefully this article can help us all toward that aim.

More Resume Help

We have many patrons who visit our department to write resumes on a computer. Many times they get caught up using a site that offers free resume writing, only to require payment after they’ve completed the resume. It’s a typical bait and switch tactic. We do have Career Transitions through the Library site as a great option for resume writers, but it never hurts to add a viable free option. So, as I read the article from Money magazine “What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2018” I had a brainstorm. Not only is the above cited article relevant for those who want to keep their resume current, it also links to a great one page resume template that adheres to the principles set forth in that article. The template looks like this:

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and here is a link to a pdf of the template:

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The article cited also has links to a few sites that offer career services for hire but also have helpful job search and resume blogs that are free to all, such as www.topresume.com  (click the “Career Advice” tab)

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and www.careersdonewrite.com/blog/ .

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Biodiversity Heritage Library

For patrons interested in various biology topics, the Biodiversity Heritage Library is a great open source site with this stated goal:

The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life.

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Biodiversity is defined by Merriam Webster as “biological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals“. So this topic is broad and vast, covering animal & plant biology, classification, extinct and surviving species, evolutionary history and many others.

Slate.com did an article on the site’s flickr.com image page: “2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for Free“.

So here’s how it works: I searched “platypus”:

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and it took me here:

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I chose to look at an article, as opposed to a book, book review or other resource, and after choosing the “article” tab and “view article” this is what came up:

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As you can see, this is an actual article from an actual academic journal that someone may find useful for their research. This search is good for searching across books and journals, scientific names, authors and subjects. You may also browse by title, author, date, collection and contributor.

They have many of the other features standard to most pages these days, such as their social media links, a blog, a link to other media and links to their visual resources.