Between networking, skills development, applying and interviewing, looking for a job or changing careers can be a full-time job. In addition to the resources available from the library, support for job seekers is available from several local organizations:
Home access to Ancestry Library Edition will end December 31. Although it will be sad to lose this great access, it will remain a continuing presence for use inside the library. Fortunately, we have a slate of genealogy resources which are always available for you to use at home. HeritageQuest, MyHeritage, and Fold3 are just three of them. Visit our web resources page to see them all.
Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace is now available and will run through January 15, 2022. Visit Get Covered Illinois to learn if you are eligible for health insurance through the ACA Marketplace, find a local assister to help with the enrollment process and more.
To enroll in health insurance through the ACA Marketplace, visit Healthcare.gov.
There has been a lot of information in the media concerning the COVID vaccine booster shot. It can be difficult to get a clear picture of who is eligible and what kind of shot is available. Based on the information from the CDC, Walgreens recently posted a short list of answers to these important questions. Here is the basic information you need to know:
Who is eligible and when?
The CDC recommends a booster dose for fully vaccinated people who received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago. Health and eligibility requirements include:
Long-term care facility residents ages 18+
Individuals ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions*
Individuals ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions*, based on individual benefit and risk
Individuals ages 18-64 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupation or institutional setting, such as healthcare and essential workers, based on individual benefit and risk
*See this webpage from the CDC for additional information
Why should I get a booster?
Like with many vaccines, immunity can decrease over time. A booster shot is designed to continue providing longer-term protection and reduce risk of hospitalization.
What if I got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
Right now, boosters are only recommended for patients who completed their Pfizer vaccine series and meet the current eligibility criteria. Updates on a Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shot will be provided in the future.
It is always good practice to consult your doctor about this or any other medical issue. For additional information about the COVID vaccine booster shot please see this CDC webpage.
Changes in the labor market mean that many people are looking for a new job or transitioning to a new industry. Getting started with writing a new resume can be overwhelming, and MPPL cardholders have access to some helpful online resources to support resume and cover letter writing:
Adult Career Center from Tutor.com – Not just for students, job seekers can get support from Tutor.com in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and more. MPPL cardholders can access five free online sessions with a qualified career coach every week. Live sessions are available 2 – 9 p.m. CST. Additionally, resume and cover letter review is available with a 12-hour turnaround.
LinkedIn Learning – High-quality and in-depth, these courses include valuable information about best practices in resume writing in a variety of situations, including switching fields and returning to work after a prolonged absence.