Hagaman Memorial Library’s Job Search support group provides support for job seekers twice each month. This group is led by Liz Drenyoczky, a retired bank manager with experience in critiquing resumes, interviewing and hiring. This group is free and open to everyone and meets on the first and third Thursday of every month at 3:00 p.m. in the Library’s Teen room.

Please register for the Job Search Support Group by calling the library at 203-468-3890 or email Fawn at


Check out the library’s subscription to JOBNOW!

If you are an East Haven resident you can access JobNow with your Hagaman Memorial library card. Click here to go to the Brainfuse JobNow page and follow the prompts to set up your JobNow account.

By using JobNow you can receive:

  • live job coaching
  • real-time interview practice
  • full-service resume lab
  • 24/7 access to local job resources

You can also access:

  • a library of rich adult learning content (GED)
  • live professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing
  • U.S. Citizenship prep
  • MS Office Essential Skills Series through JobNow’s Adult Learning Center.

There are Personalized eLearning Tools such as:

  • My File Sharing
  • My Session Replay
  • My Tutoring Archive
  • My Test Archive

There is a 24 Hour Writing Lab where you can submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback. You may submit homework questions for expert guidance, get live assistance from tutors in math, science, reading, writing, history, GED, and college placement tests. You may use the Skills-Building module to receive real-time help on any topic of your choice. There is also a Foreign Language Center and Spanish-Speaking Support Center. For questions about JobNow, please contact Cynthia at 203.468.3891.

LinkedIn Job Search Resources:

Please consider registering for an account at LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 530 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Network with other professionals in your field of study to help you in your search for employment!

LinkedIn Jobs: Leverage the world’s largest professional network to connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network and get hired. LinkedIn Jobs surfaces insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search. 

LinkedIn Salary: Discover your earning potential with LinkedIn Salary. Explore salaries by job title and location. See how years of experience, industry, location and more can impact your salary.  

LinkedIn ProFinder: LinkedIn’s new professional services marketplace that helps to connect entrepreneurs and freelancers with real business projects. Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional details.

LinkedIn 101: Using LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job:

LinkedIn is helping job-seekers from around the world tap into their professional community—whether they realize they have one already or not.

Trying to land your dream job is a tall order. But here’s the good news: There are roughly 11 million job openings per month in America at any given time. Sure, you don’t want all those jobs, but you want some of them—and some of them want you!

LinkedIn connects qualified candidates with companies and organizations that crave top talent. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to snagging a seat at the professional table.

Why LinkedIn?

  • 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job opportunities and career success, according to LinkedIn research
  • 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection
  • More than 20 million professionals including recruiters, hiring managers and decision makers use LinkedIn every week

With 530+ million professionals in the LinkedIn community, there is no other place where you can access such a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to help you reach your goals.

Let LinkedIn do the work for you

More than a quarter of professionals say they have no time to search for new opportunities.

But worry not, with search alerts you can get notifications and updates to a saved search via email or shared with you on LinkedIn. Use advanced search filters to narrow down opportunities by industry, location, experience level and more. Once your filtered search is set, simply create the alert.

Let recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities by simply flipping a switch on your LinkedIn profile. It’s called Open Candidates, and yes, it’s that easy. Open Candidates is accessible from the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobshome page.

By flipping the switch, you privately signal to recruiters that you’re interested in new opportunities. Don’t forget to update your career interests. This helps you appear the search results that recruiters are regularly scouring. Additionally, this helps inform the daily job recommendations LinkedIn sends you and surfaces on the jobs homepage.

Discover your earning potential

LinkedIn tapped into its network of more than 530 million members to give you deep salary insights into the compensation landscape. You can also dig deeper into compensation insights about specific companies you’re interested in so when the time comes to talk money, you’re ready.

This tool includes salary, bonus, and equity data for specific job titles, and the different factors that impact pay such as years of experience, industry, company size, location, and education level

Connect with alumni

One of easiest ways for students and alumni to make connections is through the LinkedIn Alumni tool. It’s an easy way to explore people who graduated from your same school, where they work now and in what cities. Simply search for your school and select “see alumni” to get started. You can access career paths for more than 23,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

Entrepreneur? Create your own job — become a freelancer

  • Nearly 20% of freelancers confirmed they’ll make six figures or more this year with their freelance work, according to LinkedIn
  • More than half of freelancers confirmed that they will never return to more traditional, full-time employment
  • 80% of freelancers do not actually have any concern about their freelance work being replaced by technology, artificial intelligence, or automation in the next 10-20 years.

LinkedIn ProFinder started as an idea that has grown into a vibrant freelance marketplace being used by more than 70,000 freelance professionals across the nation. LinkedIn has seen client demand surge with weekly requests for proposals growing more than fivefold in one year.

Seek career advice from others

  • More than 80% of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others
  • More than half of these professionals don’t know where to begin and more than one-third have a hard time finding the right person

LinkedIn launched Career Advice, a new feature that helps connect members across the LinkedIn network with one another for lightweight mentorship opportunities. Whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.

Learn the skills needed for your next gig

  • One-third of job-seekers have expressed concern that they don’t have the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market

With LinkedIn Learning, you can now access a gigantic database of online courses on topics from coding and graphic design to public speaking. And here’s the best part: each course is typically sliced up into very manageable 5-10 minute learning chunks. Learning a new skill over the course of a week quickly becomes very achievable.

What now? — Get started

Create or update your LinkedIn profile today. This provides other LinkedIn members with a better understanding of the unique skills, interests, and experience that make you — you.

  • Make sure you have a profile photo – it will help get you recognized and connect to potential opportunities. Members with a profile photo receive up to 21x more profile views and 9x more connection requests.
  • Members with current positions are discovered up to 16x more in recruiter searches
  • Members with more than 5 skills are 27x more likely to be discovered in searches by recruiters
  • Including the city where you are based makes you stand out up to 23x in searches

Browse the top jobs by industry and job function:

Have you spent hours, days, or even weeks scrolling through hundreds of job listings trying to identify the “perfect job title” that fits your interests? You’re not alone. One of the biggest challenges job seekers have is knowing what types of jobs to search for in their job search, or even which jobs exist.

LinkedIn heard you and as a result launched new job pages designed with the job seeker in mind. Now, job seekers and students unfamiliar with the professional landscape can browse job titles within various job functions (e.g. engineering jobs, human resources jobs, or sales jobs). LinkedIn surfaces popular job titles and listings, as well as top cities and companies for a particular job.

As you browse job functions be sure to check out salaries as these can vary between job titles. Easily navigate to the salary explorer, Jobs home page to search for job listings, and take a look at companies you’re interested in to make informed decisions about your career.

One decision you might be considering is whether or not you want to be your own boss. Nearly 34% of the workforce is made up of freelance workers and half say they would never go back to a traditional work environment. Explore all the remote possibilities as an Entrepreneur.

Finding your first job out of college has never been easier!

Bonus: Check out Resume Assistant, a new integration from Microsoft and LinkedIn to help you craft a compelling resume directly within Microsoft Word.