We Mean Business!

September 26th, 2011

IMG_9770Recently, the library was honored with a nomination for the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Non-Profit Partner in Business award for developing a productive partnership with the business community.  Some readers might not know about the library’s relationship with the local business community, so here are some highlights:

– The CCPL Small Business Information Center (SBIC) helps Cecil County entrepreneurs start or grow their small business.  The SBIC provides free one-on-one consultations with the Small Business Librarian, helping aspiring and current business owners to develop business concepts, financial strategies and marketing opportunities.  Over the last two years, the SBIC assisted over 2,000 people with small business information, providing the research necessary to start businesses and keep them afloat through these difficult economic times.

– CCPL offers lots of resources for job seekers, career changers, and business people.  We serve this community with everything from free access to computers to one-on-one assistance with job searches and resumes, not to mention the Resume Review service, computer classes, tons of small business information, and public access to Wifi.  Over the last two years, CCPL provided job consultation and services to over 3,000 Cecil Countians.

– CCPL also partnered with the business community and local schools to better serve students.  In addition to working with CCPS and the local business community to provide the annual Summer Reading program, CCPL developed an innovative outreach program called My Special Book. This program works to get books to children who live in lower income communities with limited access to transportation. With the help of PNC and BB&T Banks, CCPL is developing new ways to get books permanently into the hands and homes of Cecil County kids.

We’re very proud to serve Cecil County’s business community and are in excellent company; the following non-profit organizations were also nominated in this award category: Cecil County Arts Council, Cecil County Office of Economic Development, Cecilton Lions Club and Charities, the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association, Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc., and the YMCA.

The winner of the Non-Profit Partner in Business award will be announced this Friday, September 30th at the Chamber’s annual gala.  Congrats to all of the nominees!

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Need Help with Your Resume?

October 20th, 2009

Resume Myth #1: Your resume should be no longer than one page.

Resume Myth #2: Always include your references in your resume.

Resume Myth #3: One solid resume is all you need.

When it comes to resumes, the rules are always changing.  For instance, job-seekers were once instructed to limit their resumes to a single page—tough when you have years of experience in your field.  The new rule?  Multi-page resumes are totally acceptable.  Used to including a list of references in your resume?  No longer necessary, not to mention a waste of precious space.  And that last myth may be a disappointment to some—while a one-size-fits-all resume used to be the norm, resumes that are targeted to specific positions and companies are king, especially as more employers go online to connect with job seekers.

Having trouble keeping up?  Never fear!  CCPL’s free Resume Review service is here to help you give your resume the added punch and professionalism that will help get you noticed.  Launched in August 2009, Resume Review has helped a number of Cecil Countians perfect their resumes by providing feedback on formatting, spelling, grammar, and overall effectiveness, as well as suggestions for improvement.  How does it work?  Simply email your completed resume to resumereview@ccplnet.org as a Microsoft Word attachment and within two weeks, our trained staff will review and return your resume with comments and suggestions that will help move your resume from the “NO” to the “YES!” pile.

In addition to Resume Review, CCPL offers a number of free classes and resources for today’s job-seekers.  Whether you’ve recently been laid off, are returning to work after years as a stay-at-home mom, or simply looking for a career change, we can help.  In addition to offering courses that will help bring your computer skills up to par, we also provide two classes specifically geared toward job-seekers:  Job Search Smart and Resume Rescue.  Click here to see upcoming dates for these classes, or contact your local branch.

Explored our website lately?  Check out this list of resources for job-seekers, which includes tips and guides as well as links to online job-search sites.  And last, don’t forget that your library system houses an award-winning Small Business and Information Center where you can receive free information and individual assistance for starting or growing your small business.

Whatever your situation, CCPL has the resources and expertise to help put you on the fast track to professional success!

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