Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Women's History Month March 2009

Back in 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress then expanded the celebration to a full month, and March was declared Women's History Month. Let's check out some great e-resources that explore women's history...

Resources for students:

Resources especially for teachers and parents:

Just for fun:

Be sure to check out the online resources I profiled last year, as many have been updated for 2009.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Resumes & Cover Letters

So you've explored your career options and are now hunting for a job using the Internet. Before you apply online, make sure you have your resume (or various versions thereof) and some cover letters ready.

Recommended Web Sites

Online Databases

Log in with your library card to Ferguson's Career Guidance Center and check the Skills area where you can view and download sample resumes and cover letters as well as get tips on acing the job interview.

At the Library

On your next visit to the library, be sure to check out resources on...

Also, the library offers access to Microsoft Word 2007 on its public computers. In Word, there are templates for resumes, cover letters and more that you can use, modify and then save to your USB drive and/or print out for an employer. To access the templates, open up Word, click on the Windows button in the upper left corner, choose New and then select My templates... which is the 3rd item listed under Templates. Click on the Jobs & Career tab to see sample resume and cover letter templates which you are free to use.

Monday, February 2, 2009

February E-Resource: Business & Company Resource Center

Continuing our look at library resources that are particularly relevant during the current economic climate, this month's featured e-resource is InfoTrac's Business & Company Resource Center, which is accessible with your Fauquier County Public Library card number on the Library of Virginia's Find It Virginia Web site.

The Business & Company Resource Center is a comprehensive research tool appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students studying business administration as well as the business research needs of the job seeker or casual investor. It offers dynamic, accurate, and up-to-date topical business information and company and industry intelligence on thousands of global companies in the following areas:

  • Periodical articles, news articles, and press releases

  • Detailed information for domestic and international companies and associations, including information on corporate hierarchical structures

  • Company financials and earnings estimates

  • Investment reports

  • Corporate chronologies and company histories

  • Brands and product information

  • Industry and company rankings

  • Market Share data

  • Industry Overviews

  • HR Law Case Digests

Whether your a student, an investor or a job-seeker doing research on a particular company or industry, InfoTrac's Business & Company Resource Center is a resource not to be missed. Be sure to check out my earlier post on researching companies, and for a complete list of the library's online databases, go to library.fauquiercounty.gov > Find Information > Search for Articles & More.