News from the Reference Desk Category: Employment

Free tech courses available to job seekers

Computer displaying online learningA technical skills upgrade is one effective way to add valuable, attention-grabbing content to an existing resume. LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft are making several technical courses available for free of charge and certifications in selected skills available at a greatly reduced price for many workers 

LinkedIn Learning has identified ten jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are positioned to grow in the future. They are making ten LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available for everyone for free in 2021.  

The ten role-based learning paths are:  

  1. Software developer – Become a Software Developer
    Sales representative – Become a Sales Representative
    Project manager – Become a Project Manager
    IT administrator – Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification
    Customer service specialist – Become a Customer Service Specialist
    Digital marketer – Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
    IT support/help desk – Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification   
    Data analyst – Become a Data Analyst
    Financial analyst – Become a Financial Analyst
    Graphic designer – Become a Graphic Designer 

LinkedIn Learning has also made learning paths focused on helping professionals come up to speed on soft skills.  

  1. Job seeker – Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times
    Critical soft skills – Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
    Digital transformation – Digital Transformation in Practice: Virtual Collaboration Tools (combination of digital fluency and remote work)  
    Allyship and inclusive conversations – Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All 

In addition, Microsoft Learn is offering free and in-depth technical learning content that also supports these roles and job seekers pursuing developer roles can access the GitHub Learning Lab to practice their skills. 

Industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications are being offered at reduced cost. Exams that normally cost $100 or more will be offered for $15 for individuals who are unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. All exams are available in English, Spanish, French, German, and more. See the website for complete Terms and Conditions. 

A Versatile Resource for Students and Job Seekers

Students and Job Seekers Get one-on-one help with homework, writing, resumes, and more! Tutor.com

The library offers many great services to help students, parents, and job seekers and one of the best online resources is Tutor.com. You will be connected with qualified, expert tutors online, for one-on-one tutoring sessions during peak hours of 2 PM through 9 PM, and will have access to the study center 24/7.

You will find study-skill coaching for ALL ages offering help in setting goals, conducting research, taking notes, practicing good study habits, and preparing for the school year. Tutor.com’s “drop off review” service is unique and exemplary. Students can upload papers for proofreading, or they can upload math problems which have stumped them.

Job seekers can upload resumes and cover letters for review and advice. This is an incredible service and I wish that I had had someone who could review my reports and get them back to me in 12 hours.

Other features include foundational videos in math and science for students in middle school and higher, practice quizzes on a variety of subjects, and prep for the SAT/ACT and AP exams. 

Spanish-speaking tutors are available to help in math, science, and social studies, and writing assistance.

Access to Online Courses

Gale Courses

Never stop learning.  Whether you’re looking for college-level, professional development, or personal enrichment courses, Mount Prospect now offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

Gale Courses offers access to online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere, any place. Other benefits include:

  • Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline
  • Gale Courses is easy to use; you use your library account to sign up and log in
  • With six-week courses, you can join programs year-round

Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone:

Career & Professional Development: Many courses are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations. Examples include: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing.

  • Computers & Technology: Courses cover all skill levels from beginner to advanced, even focusing on specific software applications. Examples include: Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and The Internet.
  • Personal Enrichment: A wide array of courses truly offers the opportunity to transform lives, whether related to hobbies, education, or life resources. Examples include: Children, Parents, & Family, Digital Photography, Health &Wellness, and Test Prep.

Contact us at reference@mppl.org to learn how you can benefit from this great resource.  Or visit https://mppldev.org/webresources/gale-courses/ to get started.

Need Volunteers for your Business?

HandsOn Suburban Chicago has opportunities for businesses to post openings for volunteer help. This long-standing organization has a portal for employee volunteerism and nonprofit connections.

Need to fulfill hours for court-appointed service? Scan hundreds of openings to meet requirements in time.

In transition while job searching and want to volunteer in your field of interest? It keeps you tied to the market while you’re looking.

Teens looking to build skills and gain experience will also be considered.

Salary Surveys

Want to know what others in your field may be earning?  There is always salary.com, but there is also some specific detail available thru the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  BLS Wage Data provides occupation, compensation, industry, geographic, and other demographic figures which can be very helpful in setting and negotiating salaries.