9 Ways to Use Your Public Library on Your Job Search

Career Realism

As the Internet age continues to flourish, the public library increasingly seems to be one of the most overlooked and underutilized vehicles for job seeking. Here are nine great ways in which your public library can enhance your job search. Job search public library image from Bigstock.

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Libraries: A Job Stalker's Best Friend

Job Stalker

So although you may miss Brendan’s pithy introductions, now I can actually post my weekly entry directly… and I can even do it from the convenience of my local library. After months of work, Brendan has finally enabled me to post directly to this very blog! We’ve all read about possible impending budget cuts (and some. Read more »

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10 CV Mistakes That Put Employers Off Your Candidate

The Undercover Recruiter

Recruiting 10 Tips candidate client cv-library CVs Recruiter Social MediaIf your candidate is applying for new opportunities, you need to see off their competition and show that they are the best person for the job. This starts with their CV.

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“What Salary Do You Seek?” The Four Smartest Responses

Sklover Working Wisdom

General/Miscellaneous Interviews, Job Offers and Promotions Monthly Newsletter Library Raise, Bonus, Compensation Salary“Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.”. - J. Paul Getty. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ”: About 15 years ago, I interviewed a candidate for a position with my firm who simply refused to tell me the salary – or even the salary range – he was seeking. When he said “I am not prepared to discuss that,” I was quite taken aback.

Fired Compliance Officer Strikes Back – Is Awarded $51 Million for Doing So

Sklover Working Wisdom

Attorneys and Recruiters Choosing an Attorney Disputes and Resolving Them Monthly Newsletter Library Protecting Yourself Resolving Disputes with Former Employers Resolving Disputes with Present Employers Speaking Out and Retaliation“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence,”. one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”. – Czeslaw Milosz. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : John Slowik, the former Chief Compliance Officer of Olympus America, Inc.,

The “Survival Clause” in Employment Agreements – Ignore It, and It Can “Kill” You

Sklover Working Wisdom

Agreements and Contracts General Monthly Newsletter Library“You are the creature of circumstances, or you are their creator.”. Cavett Robert. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : David, 56, was a Marketing Director for a financial advisory firm located in St. Louis, Missouri. For 12 years he helped build the marketing department, and just two years earlier was named its Director.

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I.R.S. Pays Employee $4.5 Million for Reporting Employer’s Tax Cheating Eight Elements You Need to Know

Sklover Working Wisdom

Miscellaneous Monthly Newsletter Library Speaking Out and Retaliation“We don’t pay taxes; the little people pay taxes.”. Leona Helmsley. Multimillionaire Hotel Heiress). ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : According to recently published reports, the Internal Revenue Service has made its first-ever award to an employee who “blew the whistle” on his employer’s cheating on taxes. And the award was not “peanuts”: $4.5 million.

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“Charity Participation – A Powerful, Yet Unknown, Career Booster”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Career Strategies Monthly Newsletter Library“Don’t trust people whose God is green.&#. - Herbert Tenzer, Former U.S. Congressman. And Trustee or Chairman of Several Charitable Organizations. [to to Alan Sklover, then a law student]. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : Few people know it, but Bill Gates may owe 99% of his business success to charity participation.

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Sklover Reputation Repair™ – Protect Your Career From Online Risk

Sklover Working Wisdom

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“Employer’s Sole Discretion” in Contracts, Handbooks and Compensation Plans: Six Strong Arguments to Defeat It

Sklover Working Wisdom

Agreements and Contracts General Miscellaneous Compensation Monthly Newsletter Library Raise, Bonus, Compensation“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. No one is entitled to their own facts.” . Author Unknown. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : Brandon was a Business Development Officer for a large Midwestern company in the music publishing rights business.

Long Term Incentive Compensation: 10 Basic Concepts

Sklover Working Wisdom

Monthly Newsletter Library Stock, Stock Options, "Equity “Gold without wisdom is but clay.” . Slovakian Proverb. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : Kathy was pleased. After 27 years as a Human Resources executive with a large textbook publisher, she had retired from full-time work about a year earlier, and had become a part-time HR Consultant. Over the years she had several times been awarded stock options by her employer.

“‘Positional Leverage’ in Workplace Negotiating”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Locating Leverage Monthly Newsletter Library Negotiation Pointers“Boldness be my friend! Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!”. . William Shakespeare. TWO ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES*: . Case History #1: Sharon, 47, was offered the position she had dreamed about for many years: Chief Financial Officer of a privately owned software design firm. It seemed the perfect combination of her two areas of expertise: financial management of growing companies, and software development. .

Theft at Interviews: Seven Prudent Precautions

Sklover Working Wisdom

Interviews Interviews, Job Offers and Promotions Monthly Newsletter Library“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”. Spanish Proverb. ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES*: Amanda, 36, was a successful graphic artist with a solid resume in the magazine publishing world. As “old media” opportunities were diminishing, she felt a strong need to gain some “new media” experience in order to stay employable.

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Top 5 Ways to Use Your Public Library as a Career Exploration Tool

Career Key

I use my library card a lot and enjoy Seattle Public Library's (SPL) new, Koolhaas-designed downtown Central branch pictured at left. Do you have other suggestions for using your library to explore careers?

COBRA: The 21 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Sklover Working Wisdom

COBRA FMLA, COBRA and Pregnancy Monthly Newsletter Library“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”. Redd Foxx. ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES*: We are frequently asked questions about COBRA, the federal workplace law that is probably utilized by more employees than any other. It’s a great law, very practical in its effect, and immediate in its advantages.


How to Defeat a Non-Compete Ten Effective Defenses

Sklover Working Wisdom

Monthly Newsletter Library“In great straits, when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest.”. - Livy (Roman Historian, 59 BC – AD 17). ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : Morgan, 44, had worked in the office furnishings business for over 19 years. From his first, entry-level job as an office assistant shortly after college, over time Morgan had risen to become a leading wholesale distribution agent for a top-tier manufacturer. .

“Who Owns The ‘Creative Things’ You Produce At Work?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

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Know Who Your Employer Is? – You May Be Wrong.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Agreements and Contracts Common Clauses and Provisions Contract Clauses Job Offers and Offer Letters Monthly Newsletter Library Offer/"Welcome" Aboard Letters Specific Terms and Provisions“During the day, I don’t believe in ghosts. At night, I’m a little bit more open-minded.”. – Author Unknown. ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES : Case History #1: Newly Established Entity: George interviewed for a position with a well-known sales and marketing agency headquartered in Italy.

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“Responding to a Retention Bonus Offer” – Ten Wise Steps”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Bonus Job Security Monthly Newsletter Library Other Thoughts Raise, Bonus, Compensation Retention Bonuses & Agreements “All I’ve ever wanted is an honest week’s pay for an honest day’s work.”. Steve Martin. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ” : Jana contacted our office with an almost whimsical question: “I was just offered a bonus to stay in my job. What’s next. offer to pay me to keep breathing?”

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21 Tips For the Newly Hired Employee

Sklover Working Wisdom

Monthly Newsletter Library“There may be luck in getting a job, but there’s no luck in keeping it.” ” - J. Ogden Armour. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORY “: [Note: Other than the recipient’s name being changed, this is an actual letter I wrote and sent to someone quite near and dear to me]: Dear Sarah: I am so, so glad to hear that, after a long, hard “campaign,” you’ve landed a job you are so happy about. Very few people I know deserve this great news as much as you do.

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“Employers Seek Job Candidates with Empathy – A Critical, Yet Scarce, Attribute”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Employment Info and Insight For Those Under 25 General Observations General/Miscellaneous Interviews, Job Offers and Promotions Monthly Newsletter Library On-the-Job Success “The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”. Meryl Streep. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ” : For a long time we have encouraged clients to (i) live an empathic life by being involved in charitable and civic matters, because it is good for their careers.

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Your Company Considering Investors? Get Ready to call the “C.O.P.”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Going Out on Your Own Miscellaneous Monthly Newsletter Library“ In capitalism, those with the capital usually get the ism.”. – Unknown. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : Paul and his partner, Elise, seemed to be “riding a rocket.” Their six-year-old software company had come up with a very neat solution to a common business problem, namely, real-time updating of the prices charged by a company’s critical suppliers. It almost ensured lowest prices.

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“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s10 Suggestions for New Grads”

Sklover Working Wisdom

For Those Under 25 General Monthly Newsletter Library Chairman Reveals His Top Life Tips. “You don’t establish your manhood or womanhood by turning 18. You do so with actions.” . - Orlando McGuire . ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ”: In June, 2013, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a commencement address to Princeton University graduates. In his remarks, he was “uncommonly common” and uncharacteristically simple in expression. .

Now View This: 500 Videos on Employee Engagement

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Robbery by Repurchase Rights – A Private Equity Story

Sklover Working Wisdom

Monthly Newsletter Library“Once you give up integrity, the rest is a piece of cake.” . Ewing, From the TV Series Dallas. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : Kurt was intrigued. As a well-known and highly regarded Marketing Consultant to large automotive dealerships, he was presented with what seemed like a grand opportunity: to help build a national network of motorcycle dealerships, with the goal of “taking it public” in five years or so in an Initial Public Offering (“IPO.”)

About Our Working Beliefs

Sklover Working Wisdom

Inspiration, Encouragement, Motivation Monthly Newsletter Library Uncategorized No employee is entitled to a job. No employer is entitled to a slave. Employees owe a duty of loyalty to their employers. Employers owe a duty of fairness to their employees.

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Performance Review Approaching? 12 Ways to Enhance Yours

Sklover Working Wisdom

General Info Monthly Newsletter Library Performance Improvement Plans“It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white. so long as it catches mice.”. - Deng Xiaoping. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ”: This newsletter issue does not start off with a “case history,” as most do, because there are so many “case histories” on this subject already known to our readers. Each year – and often twice a year – many employers engage in performance reviews of their employees.

How to Request Accommodation for a Disability

Sklover Working Wisdom

Disability Disability and Pregnancy Monthly Newsletter Library“If disabled people were really heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche. would take place.”. Susan Wendell. ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : Richard, 39, very much enjoyed his career as the Nursing Supervisor of an Emergency Department of a well-known hospital. After college and three years of military service, he had returned to community college to get his RN.

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Overtime Pay: 80% of American Employees are Entitled. Are you?

Sklover Working Wisdom

Monthly Newsletter Library Overtime, Commissions and Unpaid Wages“I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need. if I die by four o’clock.”. Henny Youngman . ACTUAL CASE HISTORY* : Melanie was employed for four years by an accounting firm. Her title was Executive Computer Specialist, and her primary duties were those most people would call “trouble-shooting.” That is, whenever a firm partner or a member of the firm’s executive team had a computer problem, Melanie was called in to fix it.

Independent Contractor or Employee? The Basics

Sklover Working Wisdom

Independent Contractors Monthly Newsletter Library “If you are not happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you get.”. - Unknown. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORY ”: Ira was two years out of law school, but still unable to land his first full-time law job with a law firm.

Five Simple Thoughts About Effective Workplace Negotiating

Sklover Working Wisdom

Monthly Newsletter Library Negotiation Pointers Process Insights“The more a plough is used, the brighter it becomes.” . - Slovenian Proverb .

“Performance Improvement Plans – Resign or Attempt? Choose the Third Alternative”

Sklover Working Wisdom

General Info Monthly Newsletter Library Performance Improvement Plans “Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”. Proverbs 2:11. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ” : Katherine, 53, a Logistics Analyst for an international freight-forwarding company based in Seattle, had received “Strong Performer” performance reviews for each of her last eight years. And just three years earlier, she had been selected as an “Outstanding Contributor” at the company’s national conference.

Best Ways and Places to Research Your Target Employers

Executive Career Brand

Libraries. Often overlooked, libraries are all about research and librarians are trained research experts.

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Beware of “Likely Successor Risk”

Sklover Working Wisdom

How to Keep Job Offers Job Offers and Offer Letters Job Security Monthly Newsletter Library— Danger Ahead: Beware the Danger of “Likely Successor Risk” —. In new employment, all employees face the risk of being a “new kid on the block.”

The Best-Ever “Internship-Wanted” Letter – Seven Thoughts to “Open the Door”

Sklover Working Wisdom

For Those Under 25 Interviews, Job Offers and Promotions Locating and Landing a Job Monthly Newsletter Library Recruiters“If I had any humility I would be perfect.” . - Ted Turner. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORY” : According to recently published reports, an “Internship-Wanted” cover letter sent by a San Diego University student to a Manhattan investment firm was so humble, so straightforward and so refreshingly honest that it simply “wowed” those who reviewed it, and got him the position.

“Garden Leave’s Little Secret: It is Not Very Enforceable”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Agreements and Contracts Enforcement General Monthly Newsletter Library Non-Compete''s and Confidentiality Non-Solicitation and Other Restrictions Resigning from Your Job Here’s 18 Smart Steps to Guide You. Complexity (at work) has opened a great divide between. those who have mastered its requirements and those who haven’t.” . - Brink Lindsey, in his recent. book, “Human Capitalism”. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ”: Carolyn contacted us when she was about to move from one employer to another.

Illegal Workplace Discrimination? Here’s How to Tell

Sklover Working Wisdom

General Monthly Newsletter Library“Discrimination is a disease.” . . Roger Staubach. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES” : For over 14 years, Janine enjoyed her work at a Seattle children’s museum as Curator of its antique toy collection. She was known internationally for her expertise in antique toys, and for her leadership in gaining respect for antique toys as a proper pursuit for museums. She was highly admired among museums, collectors and auction houses, alike.

Workplace Negotiating Insight No. 10: No Road Signs

Sklover Working Wisdom

Agreements and Contracts Disputes and Resolving Them General Monthly Newsletter Library Negotiation Pointers Process Insights Resolving Disputes with Present EmployersAgreements without Page Numbers, Section Headings, or Paragraph Letters are Trying to Hide Things from You.

Avoid, If You Can, The “Obsolete Job” Trap

Sklover Working Wisdom

Career Strategies For Those Under 25 How to Lose Job Security Monthly Newsletter Library “My father worked for the same firm for twelve years. They fired him. They replaced him with a tiny gadget, this big. It does everything my father did, only much better. The depressing thing is my mother ran out and bought one. - Woody Allen . ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES* : You can see it all around you: jobs and careers that seem to be headed toward obsolescence.