Ellen Gordon Reeves

Ellen Gordon Reeves: Libraries and the Job Search

"More than ever, libraries are serving as career centers."

First of all, my mother, who was a public library advocate took us to public libraries from the time we were little. It's something I really believe in as a teacher, as a former book editor and now as an author.

And it's more important than ever to keep these libraries open.

My whole life has been in reading, writing, teaching, editing and promoting reading. And people read the books and now that I've done this job-hunting book "Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?" I'm speaking across the country at public libraries helping people do the kinds of self presentation work that they need to get jobs.

So these are people who can't afford private coaching. So more than ever, public libraries are serving as career centers and they've got to be supported and I'm happy to do it.

There's nothing like a person... the whole mantra of my book is stop looking for a job and start looking for a person. And this is what librarians do.

They're the ones who lead you to the resources. The computers are good, the books are good, but it's the hand sell and the personal touch that makes the difference'

I think I'll be looking at a version that's for not-so-recent grads, specifically, one for people who are looking to get into who are looking to get into college. It's all about how to present yourself on and off paper.

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Book Title: 

Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?