Fairfax County, Virginia

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12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jessica Hudson,

Five Steps Toward Career Advancement … or Toward a New Career

Career Path Fork in the Road

Is it time to rethink your career?
Are you in the midst of a job hunt?

Check out these upcoming events and other library resources to support your next steps.

1) Improve Your Career-Related Writing

Write to Influence bookCarla Bass, author of the book Write to Influence is presenting four workshops on career-related writing. No registration required.

  • Ace Your Annual Review -- Thursday, March 1, 7–8:30 p.m., Kings Park Library. Bosses routinely ask for written input before you face your annual performance review. In this workshop learn how to identify and convey your noteworthy contributions and achievements for maximum impact.

  • Write a Résumé that Stands Out -- Thursday, March 22, 7–8 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Library. Get 10 tips for presenting your professional story as well as what NOT to include.



2) Search the USAJOBs Website

Attend Federal Jobs 101, Monday, March 19, 7–8:30 p.m., at Pohick Regional Library. Learn to effectively search the USAJobs website with tips on tailoring your applications and résumés to a federal job announcement. No registration required.

3) Learn How to Access Career Resources and Exam Preparation Materials and Practice Tests

The library has online practice tests, eBooks, tutorials and other test prep materials to help you pass an upcoming exam.

         Preparation available for the following certifications: Dental Assisting, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant and Nurse, Pharmacy Technician, Paramedic, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technologist, Surgical Technologist, Veterinary Technician

        Practice Exams for the following careers: Allied Health, Air Traffic Controller, Civil Service, Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Emergency Medical Services, Firefighting, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Military, Postal Worker, Nursing, Real Estate, Plumbing, Social Work, Teaching

  • Attend a workshop on Career Transitions on Tuesday, March 27, 7–8 p.m., at Centreville Regional Library. Learn to identify interests, write résumés and cover letters and search for jobs.
4) Visit the Library’s Virtual Career Centers

These databases help you explore new career paths, build job search skills and products and help kids explore different career fields.

  • Learning Express Library

    • Learn more about a career

    • Prepare for an entrance exam

    • Prepare for an occupation exam

    • Learn about joining the military or becoming a military officer

    • Enhance job search and workplace skills

    • Prepare for the WorkKeys® Assessments and the TOEIC®

  • Career Transitions

    • Search for jobs, internships and more

    • Write a resume

    • Write a cover letter

    • Tips & advice

    • Interview simulation

    • Discover a new career

    • Assess your career interests

    • Browse career paths

    • Match experience to new careers

    • Find schools and programs

  • Virginia Career View

    • Contests, puzzles, games and more to help kids explore careers

    • Information for parents and professionals to help kids learn about careers

5) Read Books!

Ask library staff to help you conduct a customized search for your professional needs. Here are a few titles to inspire you.