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College and Career Center Summer 2009
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

Samuel Smiles (1816-1904)
Featured Library Resources (Databases)
Whether you are looking for a job, planning to go to college or thinking of starting a business, the library has several online resources that may help you.  Try one of the these. (Library card required)


Learning Express Library - Practice college entrance exams or improve your study skills.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Select a college (using the College Blue Book) or find money for college (using Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans).

Gale Directory Library - Find professional associations and research companies.

Small Business

Small Business Resource Center - Get help with your business plan, marketing, and other business management topics.

ReferenceUSA - Define your target market and evaluate your competition.

Factiva - Survey an industry, define your target market and/or find professional associations and publications in your industry.

Job Hunting
"I Lost My Job" by Robert Frick, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (library card required)

"Find Your Uniqueness in Today's Job Market" by Carole Martin, Net-Temps.com

"To Blog or Not to Blog" by Alexandra Levit, online.wsj.com

"Look Before You Leap at a New Job" by Ruth Mantell, online.wsj.com

Rebound : a proven plan for starting over after job loss - Finney, Martha I.
Publisher: FT Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/30/2009
ISBN-13: 9780137021147
ISBN-10: 0137021143
This book will help you get back on your feet, develop a plan of action, and find your next great job!

The college grad job hunter : insider techniques and tactics for finding a top-paying job - Krueger, Brian D.
Publisher: Adams Media
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/01/2008
ISBN-13: 9781598695472
ISBN-10: 1598695479
The College Grad Job Hunter, 6th Edition offers hundreds of proven techniques that ensure you'll stand out from the crowd of recent graduates looking for their first job. Inside you'll find everything you need to know about how to land the position you're after: how to prepare, what to do and say, and what to not do and not say-all the way through the hiring process. Based on interviews with more than 10,000 job candidates and reviews of more than 60,000 resumes, The College Grad Job Hunter features the latest tactics on how to: Develop the best resume and cover letter, Use the Internet to broaden your job search, Get interviews with the best companies, on and off campus, Make a great impression at the interview and generate job offers.

How'd you score that gig? : a guide to the coolest jobs--and how to get them - Levit, Alexandra
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/15/2008
ISBN-13: 9780345496294
ISBN-10: 0345496299
A dynamic job handbook features practical information and descriptions of dozens of cool job opportunities--based on an online survey of twenty- and thirty-somethings--along with a quiz designed to help determine which of seven profiles best fits each individual and what jobs are most appropriate to each profile. Original. 25,000 first printing.
What does somebody have to do to get a job around here! : 44 insider secrets and tips that will get you hired - Shapiro, Cynthia
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2008
ISBN-13: 9780312373344
ISBN-10: 0312373341
A former Human Resources executive turns employee advocate in a practical handbook that offers an inside look at corporate hiring practices and reveals important secrets about the hiring process, including forty-four essential ways to work the system--ranging from "Professional references are useless" to "Always negotiate." Original. 30,000 first printing.

Me 2.0 : build a powerful brand to achieve career success - Schwabel, Dan
Publisher: Kaplan Pub.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/31/2009
ISBN-13: 9781427798206
ISBN-10: 1427798206
The handbook for surviving and thriving in the digital age. Highlights include: -An effective 4-step process for discovering, creating, communicating, and maintaining a personal brand. -Expert insight into how blogs, podcasting, and social networks can position individuals to find careers based on their passion and experience. - A complementary website (www.personalbrandingbook.com) with helpful templates for each tool in the personal branding kit (i.e. resume, portfolio, etc.). -Proven advice on branding from leading industry experts. -Tips on using social media tools for personal empowerment, confidence building, and professional networking in order to attract jobs directly, without having to perform tedious job searches. -Strategies for creating an online and offline presence for career protection and self- promotion.
Starting a Business
Turn Passion into Money by Jennifer Wang, Entrepreneur.com, June 1, 2009

Best Resources for Startups by David Port, Entrepreneur Magazine, April 2009

So, you want to start a business? : 8 steps to take before making the leap - Hess, Edward D.
Publisher: FT Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/27/2008
ISBN-13: 9780137126675
ISBN-10: 0137126670
More than 60% of American adults say they want to own their own business, and more than 5,000,000 new businesses are started every year. Unfortunately, 50-70% of new businesses fail. In this book, two of the world's leading experts on entrepreneurship identify the 8 'killer mistakes' that cause most of these business failures and give entrepreneurs all the knowledge, tools, templates, strategies, and hands-on how-to advice they need to avoid these errors. Unlike other books that focus on topics like writing business plans and finding investors, this book focuses on the crucial operational issues that make the difference between consistent profitability and costly failure. You'll learn how to identify the right opportunities and customers; effectively design your products and services; set the right price; overcome customer inertia; avoid common day-to-day management mistakes; find and keep good employees; and finally, smoothly manage growth. Throughout, the authors draw on real life entrepreneurial experiences, case studies, and leading-edge research. But there's nothing theoretical here: from start to finish, this book delivers fast-paced, 100% practical advice you can begin using right this minute!

The whuffie factor : using the power of social networks to build your business - Hunt, Tara
Publisher: Crown Business
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/21/2009
ISBN-13: 9780307409508
ISBN-10: 0307409503
Provides information on ways to connect with customers through social networks in order to create demand and sell more products.

Anatomy of a business plan : the step-by-step guide to building your business and securing your company's future - Pinson, Linda
Publisher: Out of Your Mind...and Iinto the Marketplace
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/2008
ISBN-13: 9780944205372
ISBN-10: 0944205372
Explains the function of a business plan, demonstrates how to create one for new companies such as non-profit organizations, and shows how to prepare a marketing plan, financial documents, and tax information.

75 green businesses you can start to make money and make a difference - Croston, Glenn E.
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/20/2008
ISBN-13: 9781599181806
ISBN-10: 1599181800

Paying for College

Finding the money : the complete guide to financial aid for students, actors, musicians and artists - Burkholder, Preethi
Publisher: McFarland
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/08/2009
ISBN-13: 9780786436927
ISBN-10: 0786436921
"This book is a one-stop resource for individuals seeking to finance their education or career. In addition to providing classic, indispensable advice for prospective college students and their parents, the guide also provides advice for actors, musicians and other artists in the process of applying for loans, scholarships, grants, fellowships, and other forms of financial aid"--Provided by publisher.

Pay for college without sacrificing your retirement : a guide to your financial future - Higgins, Tim
Publisher: Bay Tree Pub.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/30/2008
ISBN-13: 9780972002189
ISBN-10: 0972002189
"Examines the cost of college within the context of a family financial plan; financial aid; academic, athletic and need-based scholarships; tax sheltered savings plans such as 529s; potential help from grandparents; and the use of business assets, loans,home equity, and retirement savings"--Provided by publisher.

Paying for college : answers to all your questions about financial aid, scholarships, tuition payment plans, and everything else you need to know - Peterson's
Publisher: Peterson's
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/05/2008
ISBN-13: 9780768927146
ISBN-10: 0768927145
Guides prospective college students through financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships, loans, and grants, and how to properly manage finances while in college.

The complete idiot's guide to financial aid for college - Rye, David E.
Publisher: Alpha
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/05/2008
ISBN-13: 9781592577460
ISBN-10: 1592577466
Provides advice and guidance for how to fund a college education, covering savings plans; loans; financial aid forms and packages; scholarships and grants; and special aid for minority, female, handicapped, and nontraditional students.

1001 ways to pay for college - Tanabe, Gen S.
Publisher: SuperCollege
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/2007
ISBN-13: 9781932662207
ISBN-10: 1932662200
Presents over one thousand ways to help students pay for college, providing tips on such topics as contests for students, scholarships, student tax breaks, strategies to maximize financial aid, and military options.
Contact your librarian for more great books!

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Events & Training

Library Events

Small Business

OneStop Business Center Series:
Starting a Business in Houston

  • Thursday, July 16 | 6 - 7:30 PM
    Hillendahl Neighborhood Library
    2436 Gessner | 832-393-1940

  • Monday, July 27 | 6 - 7:30 PM
    Smith Neighborhood Library
    3624 Scott St | 832-393-2050

  • Saturday, August 1 | 11 AM - 12:30 PM Johnson Neighborhood Library 3517 Reed Rd. | 832-393-2550

  • Saturday, August 8 | 2 - 3:30 PM Tuttle Neighborhood Library 702 Kress | 832-393-2100

  • Thursday, August 20 | 6:30 - 8 PM Park Place Regional Library 8145 Park Place Blvd. | 832-393-1970
Small Business Tax Series
  • What Small Business Owners Need to Know Before Tax Season
    Monday, July 20 | 6:30 - 8 PM
    Central Library, Concourse Meeting Room
    500 McKinney | 832-393-1313

  • What Nonprofit Organizations Need to Know Before Tax Season
    Monday, August 17 | 6:30 - 8 PM
    Central Library, Concourse Meeting Room
    500 McKinney | 832-393-1313

How to Build a Website
Ring Neighborhood Library
Monday, July 20 | 6:30-7:30 PM
8835 Long Point | 832-393-2000


Job Search Seminar Series
Central Library, C.O.R.E. 2nd floor
500 McKinney | 832-393-1313
  • Part 1, Rebranding Your Skills
    Monday, July 6 | 10 AM - 12 PM
    Monday, August 3 | 10 AM - 12 PM
  • Part 2, Creating Your Resume
    Tuesday, July 7 | 10 AM - 12 PM
    Tuesday, August 4 | 10 AM - 12 PM
  • Part 3, Interviewing
    Wednesday, July 8 | 10 AM - 12 PM
    Wednesday, August 5 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Presentation Fundamentals
Tuesday, July 7 | 1:15 - 3:15 PM
Carnegie Neighborhood Library
1050 Quitman | 832-393-1720

Thursday, July 9 | 3 - 5 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd | 832-393-1810

Build a Resume Workshop
Saturday, July 11 | 1 - 3 PM
Saturday, July 18 | 1 - 3 PM
Saturday, July 25 | 1 - 3 PM
Flores Neighborhood Library
110 N. Milby | 832-393-1780

Job Seeking Skills
Monday, July 13 | 3 - 5 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd. | 832-393-1710

Build a Resume Workshop
Saturday, July 18 | 1 - 3 PM
Flores Neighborhood Library
110 N. Miilby | 832-393-1780

Monday, July 20 | 3 - 5 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd. | 832-393-1810

Job Seeking Skills
Monday, July 27 | 3 -5 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd. | 832-393-1810

Summer 2009 Evening Learning Series - CPE seminars sponsored by Houston TSCPA Foundation

Small Business

SCORE Houston Workshops
Planning for Business
Tuesday, July 14 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Palm Center
5330 Griggs Rd | 713-845-2400

Low Cost Marketing
Tuesday, July 21 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Palm Center
5330 Griggs Rd | 713-845-2400

Business Money Management
Tuesday, July 28 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Palm Center
5330 Griggs Rd | 713-845-2400

Starting & Running Your Own Business
(Pre-registration required)
Saturday, August 8 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM
U of H Main Campus, Hilton Hotel Conference Center
4800 Calhoun | 713-773-6565

University of Houston Small Business  Development Center Network Workshops
Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business?
Thursday, July 9 | 9 - 11:30 AM
UH Small Business Development Center
2302 Fannin, Ste. 200

Starting Your Business
Monday, July 13 | 6 - 9 PM
UH Small Business Development Center
2302 Fannin, Ste. 200

Starting a Home-Based Business
Monday, August 10 | 6 - 9 PM
UH Small Business Development Center
2302 Fannin, Ste. 200

Additional UHSBDC workshops/seminars

33rd Houston Minority Business Expo - September 1 & 2, 2009

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