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Career Corner: Career Resources at the Library

While there are a myriad of career resources available online, it can be difficult to know which ones are reliable. In addition to issues with reliability, some services, such as resume review, require payment up front. People seeking career-related information and services often overlook free and trustworthy resources available through government, academic, and non-profit organizations, such as their local public library. Here are some of the career resources available through Hauppauge Public Library:

Brainfuse
Parents and teachers might know Brainfuse for their live online tutoring services; Brainfuse, however, also offers a wide variety of career-related resources for adults. The Adult Learning Center on Brainfuse features resources and live professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, test preparation (GED, U.S. Citizenship, college entrance, GRE/GMAT, nursing school exams, etc.), career specific descriptions and credentialing details, essential computer skills, ESL, and more. You can even submit your resume to be evaluated by a writing expert for free.

Career Cruising 
Career Cruising is a one-stop resource for all things career-related.  It offers information and tools on all aspects of finding employment, including career assessment and exploration, educational requirements and programs, job search, resume builder, interviewing skills, advice regarding on-the-job issues, and more. Career cruising is also available in Spanish.

Long Island 2-1-1 – Employment 
Looking for employment-related resources and services on Long island? Long Island 2-1-1 provides links and information under categories such as employment preparation, job finding assistance, job development, training and employment programs, employment transition counseling, volunteer service programs, and more.

Hoonuit Online Courses 
Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to expand your skill-set, Hoonuit can teach you everything from Adobe Animate to time management. Hoonuit is an online educational platform offering courses in career skills, design, mobile devices, programming, and software and technology.  Learners can select brief course modules or more in-depth course pathways such as Office 365 Essentials and Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud Essentials. Some courses also provide a Certificate of Completion that can be linked to a resume or job application.

Niche Academy
Networking through online applications is now more important than ever.  Niche Academy features how-to video tutorials for online applications such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and more.  Niche academy also has tutorials to help you utilize other career-related library resources listed here, such as Hoonuit, Brainfuse, and Pronunciator.

Pronunciator Online Language Learning
In this economy, fluency in more than one language can give you an advantage, and even beginner level knowledge of a second language can be beneficial in the workplace.  Pronunciator provides online language instruction in over 80 languages through both structured and customizable courses.  

Civil Service Test Prep
Want to ace an upcoming civil service exam? Overdrive features a collection of civil service test prep eBooks to help you study. Physical copies of many civil service test prep books are also available in the library.

Drivingtests.org 
Certain employment positions require a standard or CDL driver’s license. Drivingtests.org provides handbooks and practice tests for NYS DMV driver’s license tests, including standard, CDL, and motorcycle.

In addition to these online resources, the library holds a vast collection of career-related books, eBooks, audiobooks, and DVDs. To search the library catalog, click here. You can also call 631-979-1600 and speak with one of our reference librarians.

For more information about employment in our area, you can also visit the following government-sponsored websites:

New York State Department of Labor

Suffolk County NY Forward

Suffolk County Employment Center

Suffolk County Civil Service

U.S. Department of Labor CareerOneStop

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