Recently, The Daily Muse outlined five ways the library can help your career. In addition to simply having access to books, computers, and a free place to work, some libraries offer classes and events aimed at job seekers.
The article made me think of other free or low-cost resources I (and many of my friends) have taken advantage of to help our job searches and careers. Here are a few:
- Blogs and forums: For example, we recently profiled 50 Ways to Find A Job, a website that offers practical tips on various aspects of the job hunt. Quora, Stack Exchange, LinkedIn, and Reddit often have vibrant discussions around job seeking and career advancement.
- Alumni groups: Not just college, but any fellowships or programs you might have participated in might have cohort-focused events including panel-discussions and workshops for alumni.
- Local colleges and universities: I am on a few list serves for events and opportunities at local schools, as many have continuing education programs or public programs. I’ve grown my network and stayed on top of trends in my field by attending talks, conferences, and even days-of-service.
- Local professional fellowships and associations: Some national organizations have local chapters that host workshops, networking events, discussions, and more. I’ve participated in the local chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and the Nonprofit Technology Network. You can find a few by searching Idealist.
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by Allison Jones