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6 Ways the Library Helps You

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed in your academic program.  We know that juggling life as an adult student is a challenge, and we have compiled a list of ways we can make things easier.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are struggling to use the library or find the resources you need.  We are happy to help and will work around your schedule.

Here are 6 Ways the Library Helps You: 1) It’s an online library available from the comfort & convenience of your home. 2) OneSearch allows you to search millions of online resources through a single search. 3) Interlibrary loan is available to request resources not available through the UI&U Library. 4) Articles and ebooks in the library come with formatted APA & MLA citations. Yes! 5) Career and job hunt videos are available to help you write resumes, interview, or polish professional skills 6) We are friendly librarians committed to help you succeed.

 

Ask a Librarian by email (library@myunion.edu), phone (800-871-8165 x8747), text (802-294-2848), or live chat.

Career & Job Hunt Videos

Whether you are looking for a job or just polishing your professional skills, the library can help.  The library’s multimedia collection includes over 400 Career & Job Search Videos in the Films on Demand database.  Use the right column to narrow video results to one of the  following areas: career exploration, career fields, job search skills, and job success skills.

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Career & Job Search

Whether you are looking for a job or just polishing your professional skills, the library has hundreds of resources that offer the knowledge and tools that you are looking for. The links below are shortcuts to some of the resources that you need to succeed:

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  • Videos: the library collection includes over 400 career & job search videos, divided into the following categories: career fields, job success, job search, and career exploration.
  • Career Transitions  is an online career guidance center that will walk you through the job-search process from beginning to end. It offers a complete,  personalized and guided experience from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job.  -Publisher’s Description, edited

In addition to these resources be sure to take advantage of  UI&U Career Services. Services include career counseling appointments, resume and cover letter assistance, practice interviews, additional career resources, assessments and more!  Get in touch with your career counselor at CareerServices@myunion.edu / 800.486.3116 X 2170 or visit us on CampusWeb.

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Polish your Professional Skills (email, phone & more)

Polish your email, phone, video conferencing, and other professional skills with these two videos from the library’s Films on Demand database.  Interested in additional videos?  The library has 768 business education videos broken down into sub-collections for easy browsing.  Sub-collections include: careers, communications, project management, leadership, and more.

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Photo Credit: Communication by Paul Shanks at https://flic.kr/p/Ckunu (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0)

Digital Communication Skills: Dos and Don’ts
From texting to email to video calls, digital technology has transformed how we communicate with each other. But in formal situations like at work or in school, which forms of communications are appropriate, and when? Viewers of this video, especially digital natives, may be surprised to discover that communicating isn’t just about sharing information—it’s creating it—and that the ways in which emails, texts or voice messages are composed and conveyed may make the difference in impressing or disappointing an employer or co-worker. Even for late adopters of digital technology, this video has important points on what you should do—and what you don’t want to do—when it comes to email, texting, video-conferencing and using the phone for business calls or voice mail. (28 minutes, 2015)

Business Etiquette: Professionalism 101
How should you balance social media and your job? What’s the best way to ask for a raise? Who should pick up the tab for a business lunch? In this program, both business experts and a focus group of young professionals advise viewers on the proper way to conduct oneself in different types of work-related situations. Among the many topics covered are nonverbal communication and “personal space,” handling dissatisfied callers, when and how to interrupt a busy colleague, composing professional e-mails, asking for a raise, and managing time effectively. The focus group also offers tips and anecdotes on what not to do at work. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. (30 minutes, 2012)

Career Handbooks for Veterans

The library collection includes career handbooks for veterans, including several e-books we just purchased.  The complete list can be viewed below.

 US Marine Corps by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Photo Credit: US Marine Corps by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide: The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members by Farley

While you’re interviewing for jobs, you’ll need to compare your job offers and choose the one that’s best for you and your family. Worksheets and advice in this book help point you in the right direction. And after you land that job, you can use this book’s advice to help you adjust to the civilian world of work. –Publisher Description

Expert Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions by Enelow & Kursmark

Expert Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions is a collection of superior professionally written resumes aimed at service members who are leaving the military and looking for a civilian job. This book gives resume strategies as well as 180 pages of sample resumes specifically written for people making the leap back into the private sector. –Publisher Description

Wounded Warrior Handbook: A Resource Guide for Returning Veterans by Philpot & Hill

The typical wounded soldier must complete and file twenty-two forms after an active-duty injury. To soldiers and their families coping with the shock and reality of the injuries, figuring out what to do next—even completing tasks that seem easy like submitting paperwork—can be overwhelming and confusing.  The second edition of this popular resource guide has been thoroughly revised to reflect new policies, additional benefits, updated procedures, and changes to insurance, including traumatic injury insurance and social security disability insurance. New chapters cover veterans’ benefits in depth—which have seen significant changes in the last two years—and returning to active duty after an injury. –Publisher Description

Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran’s Career Guide to Life’s Next Phase by Murphy
Written by veterans who have successfully made the transition, Down Range offers career planning guidance to U.S. military veterans coming off active duty. This is NOT simply a guide to transitioning from the military to the civilian world. This is NOT a guide to getting a job. This book IS a guide to developing a post-military career, not just for the first few days, weeks, or months after active duty, but for the rest of your employed life. –Publisher Description

Hire Tactics by Stein & Wood
Things have changed, times have changed, and times are tough – especially if you’re a military veteran seeking employment in today’s economy. This essential guide is designed to help you succeed in your civilian job search. Written by a career military officer and a career expert, The Hire Tactics introduces a methodology that includes innovative tools that go far beyond the traditional resume and cover letter. You will learn how to define your value in civilian terms and employ the strategies and tactics necessary to differentiate yourself from the competition and successfully complete your job search mission. –Publisher Description