Industrial Code Tool

A patron recently approached the desk to ask for listings of businesses in Mexico that distributed plus sized women’s clothing. I knew that I could help point him in the right direction with NAICS and SIC code information. One tool I found online was


The site is a bit ad-heavy and some information is for sale, but there are some helpful free portions as well. For example, we discovered the SIC code he sought was 5137. So we searched that and found this:


So this information can be helpful. Further, once I clicked the green tab on the right marked “Industry Description” it took me to this more detailed description of this particular industry:

When I scrolled down further I found specific market information, and listings of related 6, 7 and 8 digit SIC codes for similar industries:


Finally, when I clicked “Market Analysis—Sample Companies” for the company La Blanca here is what came up:


In the final analysis, this site is limited by the amount of ads and the for profit nature of it, but it could be useful to a point. At any rate it is good to know the tool, even with its limitations.


An Effort to Increase the Hiring of Youth in Memphis is “…an initiative sponsored by Mayor Strickland to increase youth employment in Memphis.”


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.


There is also a jobs map:


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


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


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


Possibly the Best Resource is One We Already Have

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


As you may or may not know, 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 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, 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:


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


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  (click the “Career Advice” tab)


and .


Financial Education From FINRA

Navigating finances can be difficult: you have to know about budgets, interest rates, mortgage calculators, IRA’s, 401k’s, durable power of attorney documents…the list can seem endless.

Thankfully the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has a helpful way to educate everyone in these matters and more. explains in their “About FINRA” page that they are…

“…dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of broker-dealers.

FINRA is not part of the government. We’re a not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates fairly and honestly.

So, in that spirit they have created a detailed, free educational resource to help consumers, even those who may not be investors per se, navigate just about every conceivable financial situation.

When you visit the FINRA Investor Education Foundation you will find the following setup:


Since that type is a bit small, let me just tell you that each of the fifteen boxes you see here link to a detailed tutorial on a particular financial subject. The fifteen subjects are as follows:

  • Managing Money
  • Banking & Saving
  • Credit
  • Home Ownership
  • Education
  • Insurance
  • How to Invest
  • Investments
  • Retirement
  • Social Security
  • Kids and Money
  • Difficult Times
  • Protection
  • Getting Help
  • Estate Planning

Each training is self-paced, full of helpful information and may even be paused and completed at a later time. All you have to do to participate is sign up for a free account, choose the course you want to try, then follow the links. The program leads you through the process at the pace you desire.



E-Tools You Can Use

A recent article in the Library Journal, cited below, has informed and inspired this post highlighting several useful e-tools.

C-SPAN Video Library

Do you want to see what the president said yesterday?  What about what the speaker of the house had to say about your pet issue?  The C-SPAN Video Library is the best place to begin searching for such content.  From the site: “…a way to archive and index the thousands of hours of congressional coverage produced by the network every year. The project quickly became one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content…”

Docteur Tweety

This site does charge a small fee, but it is useful to keep up with how your tweets are performing.

European Language Social Science Thesaurus

This site bills itself as “a broad-based, multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences” and is useful for those who do business within the European Union.

Google Translate Offline Capabilities

You can use Translate even when you’re offline, by taking a picture of the text in question.

The Internet Broadway Database

From the site:  “…the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.”  So, it’s like, but for theater.

Irish Films Archive

“The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations. Film reels, digital materials and document collections are held in custom-built, climate-controlled vaults designed for the long- term storage of archival materials.”


Knoema is full of helpful data on every country in the world.  “We discover, extract, and normalize data to make it usable through our open data platform. Knoema’s smart search engine moves beyond simple keyword search results to dataset discovery and auto-generated visualization collections to represent your data query.”


This is a UK based site, but you can personalize a free homepage with news from sources you prefer from sources all over the world.

Original article:

Price, Gary, and Henrietta Verma. “E-toolkit redux.” Library Journal, 1 Nov. 2016, p. S18+. Business Collection