Category Archives: Computer Tips

Did you know 3 out of 5 Job Seekers have used their Mobile Device?

Did you know that you could look for a job on your Smartphone? With faster phones and better internet connections, applying to jobs are easier than ever. There are a number of Apps available for the Android or IPhone that can help you make a resume, find a job and apply.

Don’t know how to use them? We can help you.

Come to the programming desk and sign up for Tools for Employment: Using your Smartphone to Find Jobs on November 7, from 5:00-6:00 PM. We can show you what apps work best to find the job you’re looking for. Or ask at the Careers Desk.

Are you a teen, or the parent of a teen? We are also conducting the class for Teens in December.


43 Resume Tips That Will Get You Hired

43 Resume Tips That Will Get You Hired – Mashable

Mashable has compiled a list of 43 Resume Pointers that applies the best tips to getting hired. Not only does it have great pointers, but great online resources that will give you a leg up.

The 5 Most Overlooked Job Search Features on LinkedIn

Now that you’re comfortable with LinkedIn, you might want to check out some often overlooked features, even by more experienced professionals and job search veterans.

These features might give your job search the boost you are looking for!

The 5 Most Overlooked Job Search Features on LinkedIn

If you’re comfortable with using LinkedIn or new to it, here are a few tips that even experts might skip out on. While the most important aspects of your LinkedIn profile revolve around filling out your experience and responsibilities, adding connections and joining relevant groups, there are overlooked areas in LinkedIn that boosts your profile. Try them out!

10 Powerful Ways to Stand Out as a Job Seeker

Brazen Careerist has come up with 10 Powerful Ways to Stand Out as a Job Seeker. Here are some ways that the Brentwood Library can help.

Garner a reputation

Find Volunteer Opportunities with the Long Island Volunteer Center, who are always looking for Volunteers in a variety of fields. We have a listing of organizations that need volunteers.

Learn a language

Mango Languages, a database provided to you for free by the Brentwood Library, has more than 40 languages for you to learn interactively. ESL courses are also available for speakers of over 10 languages (English for Spanish speakers, English for Francophones, etc.).

Get on the Web

Learning Express and Brainfuse are two more free databases that have video tutorials and live help with various programs such as Powerpoint, Excel, Access, Sharepoint, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and many more. They also include beginner computer tutorials in English and Spanish, for new learners.

Add a personal touch

The Career Center can help you with another set of eyes, to critique and provide resources to give your resume a more personal feel.

Visit us today, or send us a comment!


The one Math Skill You Need to Succeed at Work

Did you know that Americans need one Math Skill they may have missed in elementary school to succeed at Work? Researchers at the Universitry of Missouri studied 180 13-year olds and determined that a lack of number system knowledge “creates a weak foundation for later learning, which can lead to a lifetime of problems”. The article, written up in Business News Daily, determined that educators should make a concerted effort to reteach these skills to adults.

Here at the Brentwood Library, we have a wealth of resources that can help you work on your Basic Math Skills. Did you know that Learning Express has math tutorials, focused on GED Math? Or that if you get stumped, you could get live math help with Brainfuse? The library also has physical copies of Math books, GED books and the popular for Dummies series.  Visit the library or check out the databases listed on the right hand side of this website, under the category Brentwood Job/Study Databases.


9 Mistakes you may be making on LinkedIn

9 Mistakes you may be making on LinkedIn that could hurt you… Want to use LinkedIn more effectively?  Don’t make these mistakes!



50 Hottest Twitter Hashtags for Job Seekers

Twitter is like a window into the soul of America. It shows us faster and more accurately what is on our collective minds than any other medium currently in use. So it was only a matter of time, in a bad economy and a worse job market, that Twitter would be flooded with both job seekers and job offerers. The way they find each other is through certain key hashtags, the best of which we have laid out for you to help you in your quest for employment.

-Samantha Gray,

If you use Twitter in your Job Search, the best way to get advice or to find out who’s hiring is by using hashtags. A hashtag is the # followed by the key word you’re looking to find. For example, do you want see every tweet that has job searching tips? Just type in #jobtips in the search box. Need to find tweets from other twitter users who went on an interview? #interview can help with that. There are thousands of other ways to get inventive with searching for tweets for good advice or jobs, but Samantha Gray has compiled a list of 50 of the best tips to help a Job Seeker. If you have twitter, why don’t you try it?


Fun Fact: Did you know that the French Academy, a group solely devoted to protecting the integrity of the French Language, had a meeting to translate the word Hashtag? Because of the common usage of the English word Hashtag in France, the Academy came up with a French word to replace it. A hashtag in French is now known as a mot-diese. Teachers and government officials are now required to disseminate the word to discourage the use of the English term.