Heigh-ho, heigh-ho – to Linwood we will go!

How to get a jobIt's that time of the year when our minds turn reluctantly from puddings to jobs: the getting of them, the keeping of them and the changing of them.

Make a start with our Online Career Help Resources. Then have a look at Getting a Job which will yield 219 items. Most are for adults (which is to be expected), but there are 24 for children and only 4 specifically for teenagers which is a little odd. Perhaps by the teen years parents have given up on child labour and are just biding their time. Here's a few of my favourites:

  • What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles. I've actually used this book, and look at the job I landed! If you can sweep aside some of the American tweeness, it is jam-packed with hints and is very positive in its approach. It also comes with a version for teens and (is there to be no respite?), I see there is one for retirement as well.
  • Happy@WorkHappy @ Work by Jim Donovan. Not happy at work? Before you dump what you've got, have a look-see for ways to improve it. This book, with its jaunty cover hinting at the possibility that all I need is a new coffee mug, has an upbeat approach and is a popular read.
  • Maybe you do just need a break. How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson is a droll look at slowing right down that may just kick-start your What Do I Really Want From Life neurons in unexpected ways.
  • And I can't resist giving a plug to this children's book: How to Get a Job, by Me the Boss. A sort of "out of the mouths of babes' approach". After all, let's not lose our sense of humour here!

But wait, there's more. This week, Linwood Library amps it right up with their CV and Cover Letter Week. All week, Linwood staff will be available to help with your CV, cover letter, e-mailing your application and more. It's a great idea - just book yourself an appointment with your very own librarian by phoning 941-7923.

Finally, it's not a proper job hunt until it has its own signature tune, so here goes: Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho ... and good luck!

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