Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Job Searching Tips

Happy Holidays from the Career & Educational Resource Center! The holidays are upon us and though it’s busy with shopping, preparation and spending time with family and friends we often tend to put job searching and career planning activities on the back burner. Contrary to popular opinion, the holidays are still a good time to look for a job and can offer some unique opportunities that are not available during the rest of the year. Consider the following:

● Hiring continues during the holidays. Though there is a reduction in the number of jobs available, likewise, is the number of people applying for them. Continuing your job search during the holidays will result in a smaller applicant pool, good news for the job seeker!

● Use personal and professional events to network at holiday gatherings. Accept all the invitations you receive. You can meet a wide array of people in various fields. It’s ok to mention that you are job searching. Be casual and avoid being too pushy and aggressive; topics of employment often come up giving you the perfect opportunity to mention your present situation. Be prepared with your business / networking cards.

● Send out holiday cards and greetings. Send out generic holiday cards as a reminder to people you have previously reached out to. A simple message such as, “Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year,” or “Happy to have seen you this holiday season,” sends a reminder to people whom you have interviewed, networked or reached out to during the past year. Connect online as well on social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. The holiday season is a good excuse to reinforce and expand your network.

● Take advantage of downtime. Schedule networking meetings and connect with acquaintances you haven’t seen in a while, both to celebrate the season and to remind them you’re still in the market for a job opportunity. Visit a bookstore, or better yet, visit your local library to find a good book on job searching or career planning to stimulate your job seeking initiatives.

● Be mindful of holiday blues. Regardless of one’s employment status, depression is common over the holiday season. Try to schedule time for constructive job search activities as well as time for personal relaxation and enjoyable activities. The holiday season is the season to give. Consider volunteering a small portion of your time to a worthy cause. Not only will it give you a sense of personal satisfaction it will enable you to meet new people and possibly lead you to unexpected opportunities.

● Most of all find time to appreciate the beauty of the season, spending time for yourself, family and friends to relax and enjoy! That’s important for all, whether we are job searching or not.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and that you receive that “special” something that you are so deserving of.
Best of luck with your career planning and job searching.
May the New Year bring you peace, happiness and success.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Career Center Workshops

The Career & Educational Resource Center will be hosting 2 workshops in December. Please register on-line, call or e-mail for information or to register.

How to Sell Yourself on a Job Interview,
December 2nd, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
If you are looking for a job in this challenging economy, its crucial to have your interview skills honed to a fine edge. A sales trainer, professional speaker and head hunter will lead a fun and informative workshop and share his secrets for selling yourself on the interview to win the job!

Finding Federal Jobs: The Search & Application Process,
December 5, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The federal government, the nation's largest employer, continues to fill jobs in almost every occupational field. Come join us as and listen to a human resource specialist from the US government discuss the federal hiring system, federal resumes, how to read and understand federal announcements and answer your questions. Come learn how to give yourself the best shot in this merit-based competitive process.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Incredible Interviews Made Easy

When: Wednesday October 28, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Place: Brentwood Public Library
34 Second Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11717
(lower level)

Obtaining an interview is no easy task so you want to be prepared when you land the interview. Our workshop will address some ways that you can prepare for your interview, how to present yourself, how to handle some of the tough interview questions and various do's and don'ts of interview etiquette. Marilyn Leibowitz, a retired executive, has successfully coached others in developing their interview skills so as to land the job they wanted. Want to ace your next interview--come to this imformative workshop!

Job Fair, October 14, Hilton Long Island

Job Fair taking place at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington on October 14, 2009 from 11 AM - 2 PM. The Hilton is located at 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville NY.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Best & Worst Job Markets for Unemployed has released the new Job Market Competition Index which compares the number of unemployed to the number of job postings in the biggest 50 cities in the US. This index shows job seekers how much competition to expect in their area and helps them track which parts of the country offer the best chance of finding a job. You can find the index here ( along with a list of the best and worst job markets on the blog post

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Career Kick Off, August 19- Adelphi University

Career Kick Off will provide individuals with the information needed to prosper and learn from this economic environment. Whether considering returning to school, changing career fields or reconnecting with long-dormant career skills, the Career Kick Off will assist those weighing their career options.

The day will consist of three 45 minute seminars, a networking session and a keynote speaker discussing employment trends on Long Island.

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Place: Adelphi University
Ruth S. Harley University Center
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

This is a free event but you must be over the age of 21, have at least a high school diploma or GED and have completed the application form.

Registration deadline is August 17, 2009
For additional information call 516-877-3058

Job Fair, Holiday Inn Plainview- September 16

Come meet with many of Long Island's Top Companies. Meet with representatives who are looking to recruit from every category: entry level, licensed professionals, technicians and management candidates.

Place: Holiday Inn Plainview (exit 46 off the LIE) Free Parking and Admission
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Long Island Career Fairs

Looking for the Right Job For You?

Come to the Long Island Career Fair This August, Sponsored by National Career Fairs.
Tuesday, August 4th, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Melville Marriot
Wednesday, August 12th- 11 AM-2 PM at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington.

Attendance is free. Preregister online and get the list of employers.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

New York State Court Officer's Test

New York State Court Officer's Test is out and has to be filed by July 31,
2009. If you know anyone looking for a great job, encourage them to apply.
This test is given every four years, so do not hesitate. By the way, there is
no age limit for those who think that they're not up to speed. Also - Court
Officers have off all weekends and holidays. Here is the web site:

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Manufacturing Technology Program, Open House

Open House on July 15th 2009 at 5:30 PM at Suffolk County Community College, Captree Commons Room: 114

Manufacture a Brighter Future with New Manufacturing Technology Program

Over the next five years more than 4,000 regional manufacturing jobs will be opening in a wide range of industries. There are new jobs emerging in renewable energy industries both locally and nationally!

Come learn more about the AAS degree and certificate programs at the open house on July 15th. Call 631-851-6719 or email at

Monday, June 29, 2009

Guest Speaker to address Brentwood Library's Job Club

Are you unemployed and job searching? Looking for information to help you connect to employment. Come to a special job club meeting on Saturday, July 11, at 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM- lower level meeting room. A speaker from Dale Carnegie will lead a motivating discussion on job searching, standing out from the crowd, interviewing for success and networking. Come meet others, get support and learn essential techniques to help you with your job search. RSVP at 631-273-7883 x330 or email

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Land a Government Job Now- Kiplinger.Com

A very informative article regarding federal jobs. Includes helpful links including one that links directly to jobs created by the stimulus package.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Job Connection, a Panel Discussion

Job Connection, Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Come listen to a panel of experts give tips on searching for NY State and SUNY Stony Brook jobs, resume writing, networking and more.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Dix Hills Building
55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills NY 11746

Register online or call Edna Susman at 631-498-1260

All welcome!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Job Fair, Harborfields High School-Greenlawn

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 10th, 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Hiring all skill levels!

This job fair is being sponsored by Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson in partnership with the Huntington and East Northport Chambers of Commerce. For information call, 631-351-2883

HR Director to Talk to Library's Job Club

Unemployed and job searching? Join us on Wednesday, May 27th at 9:30 AM (next to reference desk, first floor) The Job Club will have a guest speaker from Human Resources, OSI, to give job searching information and answer questions. This is a great way to get and share resources, network and energize your job search in a supportive environment.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Court Officer Exam

RE: Job and Career Information from NYS Unified Court System

DATE: May 19, 2009

We have been asked to share the following information with public libraries
across the State. Because job announcements, openings, and examinations for
jobs with the NYS Unified Court System are not included on the Civil Service
website, they are sometimes not as widely publicized.

Please disseminate this information to your member libraries and especially
to those with current job and career information centers.

There is an upcoming Court Officer exam application period. Applications are
being accepted now and the registration period ends July 31, 2009. Please
alert public library job information centers about this
exam application deadline.

The specific links for the Court Officers exam is:
Brochure, flyer and FAQ:
Orientation guide/sample questions:

The second opportunity is for translators:

Other Courts System job web pages of interest:

Job opportunities with the Courts:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

QUESTIONS? Please contact:

The contact person for questions concerning the Court Officer exam is Greg
Salerno at (212) 428-2562 or

The contact person for the translator recruitment is Sandra Bryan (646)
386-5667 or

Questions: about all other job opportunities can be sent to: or call: 1-800-COURTNY / 1-800-268-7869 or

Send mail to:

New York State Unified Court System
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

HIA's 21st Annual Trade Show, May 21st

The largest Long Island Business Trade Show with over 375 exhibitors will take place on May 21, 2009 at the Suffolk County Community College's Sport and Exhibition Center in Brentwood. Its theme, Thrive in a Turbulent Business Economy.
The event will take place from 9 am to 5 pm. There is no fee to atendees if they pre-register on the HIA website, Attend free business and job search programs. This is a great venue to network and learn about hundreds of LI companies.
Unemployed or looking to change careers? Between the hours of 3 pm - 5 pm job seekers can meet with those companies looking to hire. Pre-register today!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Career & Internship Fair at SCCC

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Career and Internship Fair at Suffolk County Community College
Location: HSEC Bldg. - Field House, Grant Campus in Brentwood
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Both students and community members are invited to join us at the Annual Career and Internship Fair. During these tough economic times, we must all pull together to help each other with career opportunities. We know that many have lost jobs but Long Island is a strong community and will get through this economic crisis. However, we need you to come out to talk with employers about your career interests and what you plan to offer in terms of your service and talents to the community. A number of employers may be looking for interns, part-time employees and volunteers at this time. You never know where these opportunities could lead you. So take the time to come out and network with the employers who have supported the College for many years. This event is free and there will be some door prizes given out to attendees!

Career Services and Cooperative Education Center - (631) 851-6877

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Long Island Career Fair- May 13, 2009

Wednesday- May 13, 11:00 AM. - 2:00 PM. there will be the LI Career Fair at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington (598 Braod Hollow Road, Melville)

Register online to receive the companies scheduled to attend-

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Job Search Short Cut

Have you checked out It is a convenient way to find jobs in many metropolitan areas nationwide as well as to review company job sites in very little time. With direct links to over 15,000 company career pages it is a great site to explore!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Exam Monitors Needed

Examination monitors are needed for May 16, 2009 to proctor for the Clerk-Typist written test. Monitors will work from 8:00 AM to about 1:30 PM at various locations in central and eastern Suffolk County. Earn $103.24 for the day.
Qualifications: 21 years of age or older, Suffolk residency, and ability to follow written instructions. Possession of an Associates Degree, some college or test administration experience is preferred.
How to apply: Send or fax resume or letter or Suffolk County Application for Employment
(no application fee required) stating education, recent employment and home telephone number to:
Examination Monitors
Suffolk County Department of Civil Service
PO Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
FAX 853-4796

Navigating Today's Economy

Workshops and Resources to Help Long Islanders Maximize Family Finances

Friday, April 17, 2009- 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Health, Sports & Education Center
Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood NY
A free community event to help residents make the most of family resources in today's times. Drawing from a wide range of teaching professionals and community partners, Suffolk County Community College will provide workshops and seminars adressing issues, including topics such as: Budgeting, Energy Conservation, Bankruptcy & Credit Information, Veterans Services, Career Fair, Interviewing Techniques, Resume Writing, Business Planning, Saving for College, Home Repair, Health Screenings and more......
For more details please call (631) 851-6903

Friday, March 20, 2009

Come talk to a staffing specialist

On Wednesday, March 25th between the hours of 4-7 an employment specialist from Target Staffing will be in meeting room 2. Come fill out an application and find possible positions related to your skills. Though resumes are welcome, they are not required.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Resume Workshop

A resume writing workshop will take place on March 19th at 7:00 PM in meeting room 1, lower level. The Library's Job Fair is April 16th, so work on your resume now!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Credits for Caring Scholarship Program

Credits for Caring Scholarship Program:
Suffolk County Community College

The Credits for Caring Scholarship Program gives all Suffolk residents enrolled at Suffolk County Community College for six or more credits toward a degree or certificate the opportunity to qualify for up to 12 credits worth of free tuition for volunteering to serve other Suffolk residents at soup kitchens, shelters, support hotlines, food banks, and other approved agencies. This program is funded for 2009 and will be available for Spring, Summer and Fall semesters of 2009.

For more information: log onto
For program description and application.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Interested in Working for the US Post Office?

The Career Center will be running an informational workshop, Careers with the United States Post Office, on Saturday, January 24th at 10:00 AM, meeting room 3 on the lower level. Come learn what you need to know if you are seeking employment with the post office. Meet representatives from the post office and get your questions answered. Register by phone (273-7883) in person or e-mail the career center at