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Career Coach In-Person Sessions Return to NPL

Excel I & II Workshops Monday, November 1/ Register

Part 1:  Beginner workshop 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Part 2:  Intermediate workshop 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to use Excel spreadsheet software in two-part (introduction and advanced) workshop. Attendance of both sessions is not required but recommended. Seating is limited, so registration for this workshop is required. 
There will be a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

For further questions, email


Job search assistance with resume critique 

Drop-in service offering individual assistance on: 
      Monday, December 6, 10:00 lam - 12:00 pm & 1;00 - 3:00 pm

Career Coach is going back to in-person sessions with the computer-equipped bus stationed in front of the library starting in July.   Attendees will get help with varied aspects of job search: resume, LinkedIn profile, job search strategy and resources, etc. Bring your resumes and job search related questions. All sessions will have a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

No registration required, for more information, email


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​Job Search Articles 

Job market in 2021
Black American Entrepreneurship Has Increased Nearly 40% Since Months Prior to COVID-19.
Our Time Press (Brooklyn, NY) 21 October 2021 
Where Are All the Missing Workers? --- Many economists expect labor shortage to persist; businesses cut services, raise pay.
Wall Street Journal, 15 Oct 2021
Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace What companies are doing (and not doing) to make it a reality
Schwantes, Marcel; Inc. Hartford Courant,  17 Oct 2021
America's Workers Are Leaving Jobs in Record Numbers; U.S. workers
handed in nearly 20 million resignations this spring and summer
Wall Street Journal,  15 Oct 2021
Seeing options, millions quit jobs.
The Washington Post, 13 Oct 2021
Some side jobs are bad, but these are truly terrible.
Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct 2021
Small Business Hiring Trends Show Positive Signs for Labor Market.
Business Wire, New York   08 Oct 2021
The jobs data underscores the divide between college graduates and those without degrees.
New York Times, 08 Oct  2021
What happens when states limit nondisclosure agreements? Employees start to dish.
The Washington Post, 04 Oct 2021
Job gains spotlight 'Wild West' industry.
Crain's New York Business,  04 Oct 2021
U.S. Private Sector Job Gains Increased in September, Beating Expectations -- ADP.
Dow Jones Institutional News, 06 Oct 2021
These are the 25 small and midsize companies offering the best compensation. 
Business Insider,  05 Oct 2021
These are the 25 small and midsize companies where employees are happiest. 
Business Insider,  04 Oct 2021
The 25 large companies that offer the best perks and benefits.
Business Insider,  07 Oct 2021
The States With The Best And Worst Job Recoveries
2021 Best Employers By State
Inc. Best Workplaces 2021
The Top 100 Software Companies of 2021
iHire’s 2021 State of Online Recruiting Report Illustrates Job Market Recovery & Talent Shortage
Denver Becomes Landing Spot for Job Candidates; Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix and Austin Metros Rank as Top 3 for Growth, as 
Small Business Jobs Index
Here’s What's Going To Happen In The Job Market Over The Next Four Months
Best Workplaces 2021: 429 Companies That Make Work Worth It
Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs For 2021

Job seekers advice
College Degrees Are Overrated.
New York Times, 18 Oct 2021
Blue Collar Brain Launches Initiative To Help Promote The Skilled Trades As Career Options.
PRWeb (USA) 21 October 2021 
State prepares unemployed for telecommuting jobs.
The Hour (Norwalk, CT) 20 October 2021 
Ransomware Gang Masquerades as Real Company to Recruit Tech Talent; Group linked to Colonial Pipeline hack has made offers to potential employees in new ransomware expansion push, researchers say
Wall Street Journal (Online) 21 Oct 2021
How to Move Ahead On Your Job Search
WSJ,  11 Oct 2021
If you've been ghosted after a job interview, use this simple email template to chase a recruiter or employer. 
Business Insider,  15 Oct 2021
Asking applicants for vax status? Not so fast, employers.
Employment & Labor Insider [BLOG],  08 Oct 2021
How to Keep the Job Search Moving Forward—Even if Recruiters Ignore You;
Career coaches say these interviewing and résumé tips can help you stand out and land a new role.

Wall Street Journal,  06 Oct 2021
How to Get the Job—Even if Recruiters Ghosted You; Career coaches say these
interviewing and résumé tips can help you stand out and land a new role.

Wall Street Journal,   07 Oct 2021
Connect And Relate To Your Personal Brand
What Killer Marketing Can (And Cannot) Do For Your Job Search
Should You Be Honest in the Exit Interview? --- As more employees head out the door, their talks with HR are heating up.
4 Pointers To Help You Get Hired In The Post-Pandemic Era
How to Write a Stellar Elevator Pitch
How to Write a Professional Bio
Checkr Launches Expungement Solution and Sets Goal to Clear 1,000 Job Seekers’ Records for Free
How to spot a toxic culture by reading between the lines of a job ad.
Three Steps To Level And Power Up Your Network To Elevate Your Career
Seven Things To Never Ask About During A Job Interview
Worried About A Gap In Your Resume As A Result Of The Pandemic? Here’s How To Handle It
Indeed Career Guide
To Find Your Next Job More Quickly, Tell Your Community You’re Open to Work
The 8 Best Online Tools For Your Job Hunt In 2021
themuse - 7 Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021 (and How You Can Adapt)
Forbes - Lots Of Career Interests? How To Show You’re Flexible But Not Unfocused-
Vault - 4 Tips for Searching for Companies that Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

Skills and jobs in demand
Looking for a more meaningful career? Educators are needed.
BG News, The: Bowling Green State University (OH) October 21, 2021
Connecticut Gov. Lamont working with Amazon to fill jobs for next generation of tech talent.
Hartford Courant,   Oct 18, 2021
As more business goes online, remote jobs abound.
Los Angeles Times,  17 Oct 2021
Amazon Hiring for 150,000 Seasonal Jobs  with One Thousand Available in Cities and Towns Across Connecticut
Business Wire, 18 Oct 2021
Warehouses are hiring but find workers aren't applying
The Washington Post, 17 Oct 2021
Explore an Exciting and Dynamic Career Path in Pest Control
Business Wire, 18 Oct 2021
Warehouse jobs — recently thought of as jobs of the future — are suddenly jobs few workers want.
The Washington Post, 11 Oct 2021
Tech Jobs Are Everywhere Now. 
New York Times,  08 Oct 2021
Keyboards for Hire: Tech Freelancers Help Companies Plug Talent Gaps; With digital overhauls stretching IT teams, CIOs are hiring tech freelancers to cover a wide range of tasks.
Wall Street Journal,  08 Oct 2021
Remote Workers Can Live Anywhere. These Cities (and Small Towns) Are Luring Them With Perks.
Dow Jones Institutional News,  09 Oct 2021
Udemy Releases Workplace Learning Data on Global Top In-Demand Skills in September.
Business Wire, 06 Oct 2021
8 Most Trending Jobs That Can Give Your Career A New Direction.
CareerAlley, Weblog post.  Oct 2, 2021
Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud; Companies are having a hard time
hiring and retaining experienced talent as Covid-19 has inflated internet use.

Wall Street Journal,  06 Oct 2021
September Update -  SkillUp Career Group Coaching

Coursera Industry Skills Report highlights critical skills gaps as digital transformation investments
accelerate across all major industries

Where The Big Freelance Opportunities Are Now: Tech Insights From Coursera
The 30 Fastest-Growing Jobs And Careers For The Next 10 Years
WorkInSports Publishes Inaugural State of Sports Hiring Report: Survey of 340 U.S. job seekers in the sports industry hints at 
CIOs redouble efforts to retain skilled workers.
SkillsBuild, a free digital platform that helps job seekers prepare for new careers in technology by developing technology and professional skills
For College Graduates
2021 Grad’s Guide to Getting Hired
The 10 Best Remote Career Fields For New College Grads
Career website for college students
A job-search game plan for the class of 2021

For older workers

5 Remote Job Search Tips for Older Workers

For people with disabilities
Eliminating Barriers.
HRMagazine,  Fall 2021

For women in the workplace
The Pay Gap for Women Starts With a Responsibility Gap --- Female managers are often told they
 just need to demand more pay; research shows they are undermined by being given smaller roles
Wall Street Journal, 16 Oct 2021
The Mom Project, a Job Board for Mothers, Gets $80 Million to Grow; The company saw a surge of
job seekers joining its platform in August, which it says suggests mothers are increasingly eager to return to work.

Wall Street Journal   06 Oct 2021

Career change
How to Quit -- and Get a Better Job --- Professionals who took a career break and found new
and improved positions offer a wealth of tips on following their leads

Wall Street Journal,  18 Oct 2021
These workers quit their jobs and found better ones. Here’s what they discovered.
The Washington Post. Oct 21, 2021
The 'Great Resignation': What it means for workers and U.S.
The Washington Post, 14 Oct 2021
Can Your Career Help The World? 
Wall Street Journal,  11 Oct 2021
You've Quit. Now What Do You Do? The time between when you've given notice and when you leave can be tricky.
How To Handle Your Exit Interview


How to Use Keywords and Phrases in Your Resume and Cover Letter (With Tips and Examples)
How To Write a Military-to-Civilian Resume: Highlighting Your Military Experience
How To Include Excel Skills on Your Resume *** Excel Spotlight
5 Keys To Transforming Your Resume
How To Revamp Your CV In 30 Minutes
How to make a video resume
Are ATSs ignoring your resume?
6 Tips for Building a Stellar Tech Resume
Five Damaging CV Issues And How To Fix Them
How to land a job by tailoring your résumé and cover letter to appeal to bots
Recruiter And ATS Expert Shares Resume Dos, Don’ts And ATS Myths
How to Optimize Your Resume for an ATS
Résumé Builder for active duty military and veterans transitioning to civilian careers

How to write a cover letter
Résumé Builder - Cover letter examples
Résumé Builder -  Résumé examples

LinkedIn, the risks of keeping your professional profile online
Translated by Content Engine LLC. CE Noticias Financieras, English ed. 20 Oct 2021
7 Free LinkedIn Features to Use in Your Job Search
Managing LinkedIn With Multiple Remote Jobs
How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
A Better Way to Address Career Gaps
Had to take career gaps? LinkedIn’s latest feature helps you explain
These InMails Get the Best Response Rates, LinkedIn Data Reveals
99 LinkedIn Profile Tips
Should You Use LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork
The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers
Find Jobs on LinkedIn – Best Practices
LinkedIn Profile Tips for Standing Out and Making Connections

2 senior Amazon employees and an apprentice share their top tips for a job interview at the tech giant,
including using data to prove your success

Business Insider, US edition;  20 Oct 2021 The Technical Interview Practice Platform That’s Taking On LinkedIn
Business Wire, 19 Oct 2021
Body language tips for your next job interview
Fast Company, 17 Oct 2021
FlexJobs Guide: How to Answer 12 of the Toughest Interview Questions:
Career coach-approved answers to help candidates ace their next interview
PR Newswire,   11 Oct 202
5 Common Interview Mistakes and How to Fix Them
6 interview red flags that are concerning enough to reconsider an offer
Don’t Forget to Do This Before a Job Interview
12 Excel Interview Questions and Answers To Help You Prepare *** Excel Spotlight
8 Tough Interview Questions and Answers to Ace Them
Jobseekers: These 4 interview responses are BS that hiring managers see right through
The rise of never-ending job interviews
Answers To New Employer Job Interview Questions
Landmines To Watch Out For When Interviewing For A New Job
Interview Questions & Answers
How To Fail A Job Interview
Got a Job Offer? Here’s How to Negotiate Your Salary. Practice with the WSJ’s interactive chatbot on getting the best salary after you’ve been offered a new position
The Ultimate Guide: How to Prepare for a Phone Interview
themuse - job interview tips
Avoid these 7 résumé mistakes if you want a job interview
How To Handle Salary Questions In An Interview
10 Unexpected Interview Questions to Get Unrehearsed Answers

Salary Negotiation 
How to ask for a raise when companies are desperate for workers.
The Washington Post, Oct 16, 2021
In a ‘War for Talent,’ Employers Hold the Line on Health Benefit Costs: your money adviser.
New York Times, Oct 8, 2021
Asking for a raise? Formulate a strategy for maximum results, experts say.
The Canadian Press,   05 Oct 2021
2022 Salary Guide

Zillow Is Abandoning The Antiquated Location-Based Pay System
Salary Negotiation Tactics For Your Next Job Offer
How to Write a Salary Negotiation Email
Jobseekers: This is exactly what you need to know to get paid fairly
The counteroffer: here’s how to get that bump
Major Red Flags To Look For Before Accepting The Job

Employee Benefits
As Work Evolves, So Do Employer Health Benefits
New York Times,  09 Oct 2021
Some Possible Good News on F.S.A.s 
New York Times,   16 Oct 2021

Hybrid/Remote work
Tech Talent Says Goodbye to the Coast: For decades, 'superstar cities' have been attracting talent and money. But thanks to remote work, their status is likely to change in unexpected ways, bringing tech expertise to places that have long tried to attract it.
Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition; 22 Oct 2021
How to tell if a company offers remote jobs (and how to say we want one)
Translated by Content Engine LLC. CE Noticias Financieras, English ed. 18 Oct 2021
The great pandemic work-from-home experiment was a remarkable success: Stanford economist
Nicholas Bloom explains what he’s learned about worker attitudes and productivity over the past year
The Washington Post,  Oct 14, 2021
Amazon expands flexibility for some employees to work from home indefinitely. 
New York Times,  Oct 11, 2021
Remote Workers Can Live Anywhere. These Cities (and Small Towns) Are Luring Them With Perks.
Dow Jones Institutional News,  09 Oct 2021
PricewaterhouseCoopers Says Most U.S. Staffers Can Now Live Anywhere; Firm says thousands of consultants, auditors and others can opt to do their jobs largely from home, as the pandemic changes work.
Wall Street Journal,  01 Oct 2021
FlexJobs Names the Top 30 Companies Hiring for Remote Freelance Jobs in 2021:

Vaccines in the workplace
New York City Issues Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate for All Public Employees;
Several unions say they expect many employees to leave their jobs rather than get vaccinated

Wall Street Journal (Online); 20 Oct 2021
Nearly 50 Connecticut state workers face discipline for disregarding COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate
Hartford Courant (Online),  Oct 18, 2021

Preventing Burnout as a Working Mom.

Web sites referenced in the articles:
Web site offering resources to find trade career
2021 State of Tech Salaries report

Non-profit organization helping formerly incarcerated to gain work skills and re-entry employment
Organization  promoting career development, support, and retention of veterans throughout the global financial services industry

Robert Half 2022 Salary Guide
Background Screening: Trends in the U.S. and Abroad
SHRM - Compensation
Hidden Workers: Untapped Talent report
CompTIA Tech Jobs Report Job board for workers with disabilities platform for nurse hiring  program providing upskilling and cross-skilling digital courses  3Qt 2021 hiring outlook survey

Break Through Tech program

Glassdoor Companies Hiring 
The 27 Highest-Paying Trade Jobs — No Bachelor’s Degree Required
SideHusl - provides help navigating gig economy, job listings, ideas, tips on freelancing
ConnectRN - site connecting nurses with facilities in need of part-time nursing help

As Connecticut begins to reopen businesses and the economy, there are several resources available to support job-seekers and businesses get back to work quickly and safely. Governor Lamont and the state have forged several partnerships to provide residents with job-training for in-demand skills, and custom job portals with open positions across the state.

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  • Step-Up - (Subsidized Training and Employment Program)
  • Zippia -  A site for job seekers who want to empower their career aspirations with knowledgeable data.

Local Career Centers

American Job Center - Southwest - Job search offered at no cost - open to everyone. Located in Bridgeport, Derby & Stamford.

American Job Center - How Can We Help You? - An explanation of our services and who to contact for each service.

American Job Center Career Coach - "...a One-Stop on wheels and mobile classroom which brings career services and computer training to you!"

Goodwill Career Centers: 15 Cross Street. Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-840-0361
They provide FREE job prep classes-Resume Writing, Job Searching, Interview Skills, Cover Letter writing, etc. Every day including Saturday, Except Wednesdays. There is a calendar of classes at the Main Reference Desk. They also have one-on-one job counseling (not just for Goodwill jobs). Scroll down to the Norwalk Goodwill entry for a link to their current calendar of classes.

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