Thursday, September 17, 2009

Stay Informed and Stay Healthy

Concerned about the swine flu? The following resources will help you stay prepared and up-to-date.

The Centers for Disease Control: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the best swine flu (H1N1 is the medical classification) resource on the Web. The site provides general information as well as audio and video resources and social media like widgets, podcasts, and social networking. It also provides fact sheets, scientific background on viruses and updated surveillance statistics.

The New York State Department of Health: The state health department site provides some of the best information available on the swine flu. It features data on current outbreaks, frequently asked questions about the flu, and tips on prevention. It’s a good resource even if you don’t live in New York.

Google Maps swine flu outbreak map: Created by biochemist Henry L. Niman, founder of Recombinomics, the swine flu outbreak map helps you find every known instance of the swine flu around the world. The map also provides information on the current state of the person with the flu. It will be continuously updated, so you can track it each day.

HealthMap: If you want to try out another map to see where the swine flu is heading, HealthMap is for you. It provides information from a variety of sources. And it maps all the known outbreaks of sicknesses ranging from the swine flu to Typhoid.

H1N1 Timeline: The H1N1 Timeline helps you determine where the flu is and where it's going. You can track where it started and get information about its progression. Your one stop resource for government information on H1N1 and other types of flu. The site includes information for parents, caregivers, businesses, and travelers among others.

United States National Library of Medicine: The Library of Medicine has a wealth of highly organized information on state, federal, and international levels.

By visiting our website, you can access even more resources on the right hand side of our home page including:

FREE Evidence Based Influenza Information

Swine Flu Fact Sheet

Ohio Swine Flu Newsletter

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Make the OPTIMAL Impression

I want to introduce you to a fantastic career resource called OptimalResume. Rocky River Public Library has subscribed to OptimalResume, the leading online service to produce resumes, letters, store portfolio documents, receive interview training, perform self assessments and create video resumes. You can access your account anywhere, anytime!
You can use this website to:

  • Manage an unlimited number of career documents from one central location.

  • Create high-impact, interactive career materials based on your career goals.

  • Share your credentials with your network on your own professional website and across social networking sites.

Check out all the great tools OptimalResume offers:
Resumes – build your resume from a high-quality sample or create your own. Portfolios - Online portfolios document your education, work samples, and skills. They are very useful for applying to jobs and training programs, demonstrating your transferable skills, and tracking your professional development. Portfolios are made up of projects that contain files and links. The portfolio builder supports many common document, image, audio and video file types.

Interview Prep - You control all aspects of your interview practice session, including the interview type, the number of questions, your response format, and the interviewer. This is a great way to practice your answers for an interview and become comfortable

Website Builder - You can create a customized website that includes a variety of professional documents, as well as links to your social networking profiles, like LinkedIn and Twitter. You can link viewers to your blog and add a professional photo. You can even keep your website confidential and allow only certain people to see it.

The Letter Builder - The letter builder combines expert advice and high-quality samples to help you create focused, targeted letters many opportunities. Cover letters are so important because they can provide an employer with a positive impression of you and your accomplishments.

Skill Assessment - If you are thinking of entering the workforce or changing careers, the skills assessment module is a great place to start. Skills assessments can help you identify and present your transferable skills and abilities to prospective employers and are especially helpful for creating targeted resumes and cover letters, and preparing for job interviews.

Video Resume - The video resume module makes it easy to introduce yourself and highlight your professional capabilities to prospective employers. There are two ways you can create your video resume. Option 1 is to create a short script for your video resume and to use the built-in teleprompter when recording. Option 2 is to skip creating a script and to begin recording your video resume immediately.

To access this amazing resource, visit our website at Click on ‘My Research’ at the top of our homepage. On the next page you'll find a link to the OptimalResume website.