Friday, August 31, 2012

Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend!

McFarlen Library is open today (Friday) from 9AM to 5PM, so stop by for some last minute reading material for this holiday weekend. We will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend, and enjoy what our great state has to offer!
Source: Mackinaw Bridge Authority

Thursday, August 30, 2012


The Business Center received 25 new titles today; please find below a portion of those new to the collection. As always, I am happy to take requests for print material. Please click "Contact Us" for the Business Center phone number and email address.

1. Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads
2. No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Letters to my Grandchildren
3. Raising Financially Confident Kids
4. The AMA Book of Business Letters (4th ed, 2012)
5. Graduate Admissions Essays (4th ed, 2012)
6. American Dream 2.0: A Christian Way Out of the Great Recession
7. The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs
8. Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools that will Change the Way You Think about Colleges
9. Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future
10. Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science

Monday, August 27, 2012

Writing your Resume?

If you've asked more than one person how your resume should be formatted you've probably heard 2 or more different answers. This is for good reason: a resume is a reflection of you, an individual with specific experiences, talents, and views. While resume's are unique, there are certainly best practices that should be considered.

The Genesee District Library offers a free resume builder on all public computer terminals. Your resume can also be formatted and easily altered in Microsoft Word, also available on GDL computers. Print, Fax, and Copy services are available here in the Grand Blanc branch. 

If you have questions about your resume, the Business Center Librarian is happy to speak with you and assist you in formatting a resume which will best suit your specific career goals. Please see the "Reference Desk Hours" tab at the top of the page for availability. 

Lastly, I wanted to list several books which might help you in constructing your resume:
Career Change Resume (2003, Available for Download)
The Damn Good Resume Guide (2012)
Gallery of Best Resumes (2012)
The Google Resume (2011)
The Quick  Resume & Cover Letter Book (2011)
Resume and Cover Letter Phrase Book (2011)
Resumes for the 50+ Job Hunter (2009, Available for Download)
Same-Day Resume (2012)
Choose the "Find Books" tab at the top of the page and search by title for current availability. 
There are many more relevant titles here in the Business Center, so stop by!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Is Your Money Making You Crazy?

On Friday, October 5th, the Genesee District Library is pleased to welcome Financial Advice Columnist Liz Weston to the Grand Blanc branch. Weston has appeared on CNBC, The Today Show, and National Public Radio, and will offer tips on how to deal with tough financial times and the resulting stress.

You MUST register in advance for this FREE event.
Attendees will also receive a free ticket to the Woman's Expo

Location: McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd. Grand Blanc, MI
Time: 6PM-8PM, Open Seating
Light refreshments will be served.

Click HERE for more information and to register online or call 810.230.3327
Registration closes September 20th

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Job Hunting?

Looking for work can be frustrating. Very. Frustrating.

Yesterday I spoke with 2 patrons who were looking for work, and it was yet another reminder of the diverse and relevant sources here in the Business Center. Maybe you're looking to refresh your resume or need to prepare for an important interview. Google any job-related term and you get a multitude of hits, but it can be daunting to sift through the results and decide who to trust. 
While the task of job-hunting can be daunting, and much of the process is out of your control, there are many actions you can take to be prepared. Stop by McFarlen Library and browse the many resources related to resumes, interviewing and other workplace etiquette and be better prepared for your next opportunity.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Back to the Bricks!

I have been reading automotive magazines and the latest car reviews since childhood. As I was driving home from the library the other day there was no mistaking that Back to the Bricks was in full swing on S. Saginaw here in Grand Blanc. People lined the street watching (and listening) to the beefed-up muscle cars, and I happened to be driving behind one seriously loud Mustang.

Like to know more about the Big Three? Stop in to the Business Center, just east of S. Saginaw on Perry Road and check out the numerous books which chronicle the auto industry from its early days to the present. Here are two:

Pelfry, a Michigan Native, has worked in PR for General Motors

Vlasic, the Detroit bureau chief  for the NYT, has also written a book about the Daimler/Chrysler merger.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Welcome to business @ GDL!

GDL's newest blog is devoted to the Business Center, located in McFarlen Library on Perry Road in Grand Blanc. Stop by, say hello, and check out our extensive business materials!

Check back for current news, events, and other business happenings around Genesee County and beyond. Our next event is October 5th!