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ReferenceUSA: Job Searching & Company Profiles Accessible with Your Library Card

January 16, 2018

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Did you know that you can access ReferenceUSA using your Plano Public Library card? ReferenceUSA contains business directories, company profiles, and job postings. While there are many job posting sites (many of which we have talked about on this blog), ReferenceUSA’s advantage is that it allows you to take your research about a prospective employer to another step before you submit an application such as number of employees, industry, annual revenue, and more. Do you have an interview with a company and want to do research beforehand? ReferenceUSA can help provide information that is often not on a company’s website.

To access ReferenceUSA, visit our list of databases on the library’s website. Click on the “O-Z” tab to find ReferenceUSA as databases are organized alphabetically by title.

Three Ways to Use ReferenceUSA

  • Job/Internship Search
    • Quick Search – Search by job title, keyword, company name, or location.
    • Advanced Search – Limit your search by job type (full-time, part-time, contract, internship, temporary), keyword(s), company, salary range, location radius, or posting date.
  • Company Profiles (U.S. Businesses)
    • After you find a company in the Job Search, you can click on the company’s name in the search results to pull up the company’s profile.
    • If you have the name of a company and you want to know more, you can go to the U.S. Businesses from the main ReferenceUSA screen and search for the company. You can narrow your results by indicating the company’s location.
  • Search for Companies by Your Chosen Parameters (U.S. Businesses)
    • If you are looking for a job in a specific industry, with a certain number of employees, or other characteristics, click on U.S. Businesses from the main ReferenceUSA screen. In the Advanced Search, checking off a box in the menu on the left will open new search tools.
      • If you want to search for a specific type of company, try using one of the Business Type tools like “Keyword/SIC/NAICS.”
      • Are you looking for a job in a specific area? Try the geography tools.
      • There are many other ways to limit your search depending on your interests. Each time you add new search criteria, click on “Update Count” to see how many companies match your parameters. If the record count number is very high, try adding other search criteria until the list of companies is a manageable size for you to evaluate.

Cover Letter Tips

January 10, 2018

You are considering applying for a new job and one of the first things you have to address is one of the hardest; writing your cover letter. You want to write something that sets you apart and makes you stand out from all the other applicants. After all, you are selling the most important part-yourself. Danielle Wiener-Bronner provides some tips to help you work through this essential part of your job search.

-Read the job posting carefully.  Craft your cover letter to those traits the employer most cares about. Highlight those areas that pertain to both the job description as well as your strengths.
-Quality rather than quantity.  Present yourself in a good light by finding out the hiring manager’s name and address it to him. He or she will appreciate the added touch of keeping it non-generic.
-Tell about your achievements.  Decide what matters to the employers and let them know how it relates with you and what you’ve accomplished. Most importantly, keep it succinct. Don’t repeat what is already in your resume.

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