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Online Career Assistance and So Much More with Brainfuse JobNow!

Resume out of date? Haven't written a cover letter in years? If this sounds all too familiar, not to worry, the library can help!

Brainfuse JobNow! is a library online resource that provides live help combined with links to vetted internet resources to guide job seekers through the necessary tasks to get a job including building a resume, cover letter review, interview coaching, and personality & career assessments.

  • Expert resume and cover letter writing assistance, including resume templates available for download and resources for producing better resumes.
  • Carefully-selected job resources, including an exclusive partnership with eParachute.
  • The ability to connect to an expert JobNow! Coach to learn efficient job search strategies.
  • Live online job interview practice from JobNow! coaches.

Access Brainfuse JobNow! under the Resource and Services menu on the NPL website.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 15:45

Increase your Social Security payments with these tips

Figuring out when to apply for Social Security benefits and what benefits you’ll be eligible for can be surprisingly complicated. The best strategy for maximizing your benefits depends on factors such as your marital status, age, earnings, and financial needs. The Balance recommends several Social Security calculators, including a free one from AARP, that can help you create a personalized claiming strategy.

In addition, because the amount of your payments depends on your earnings history and the age you sign up for benefits, a recent US News & World Report article suggests 10 ways to increase your Social Security benefit:

  1. Work for at least 35 years.
  2. Earn more (for example, by taking on a side job)
  3. Work until your full retirement age.
  4. Delay claiming until age 70.
  5. Claim spousal payments.
  6. Include family; if you have dependent children up to age 19, you may be able to secure additional payments for them.
  7. Don’t earn too much in retirement.
  8. Minimize Social Security taxes.
  9. Maximize survivor’s benefits.
  10. Make sure your work counts by keeping track of what you’re paying into the system before it’s time to retire.

For more on this topic, be sure to attend Maximizing Social Security Benefits on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Nichols Library Community Room. Mike Heatwole, certified financial planner and founder of the Dala Group, will discuss the various filing strategies available and how these strategies can provide monthly lifetime social security benefits higher than the standard filing options typically selected. Topics will include social security earned income limits and the taxation of social security benefits.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 16:00

Coworking Works for Entrepreneurs

A recent article on The Balance Small Business website describes four reasons coworking spaces can be ideal for entrepreneurs. All of these benefits—and more—are available to members of NaperLaunch, the business startup services center and coworking space located at the Nichols Library in downtown Naperville.

Coworking space is inexpensive.

NaperLaunch is even better than inexpensive—it’s free! There is no charge to use the coworking space, and you don’t need to have a library card or to make a reservation in advance. Just come in, grab a seat, and start working.

Coworking facilities are all-inclusive.

In addition to offering free wireless Internet, electrical outlets, and a quiet place to get projects done, our coworking space is also adjacent to a wide selection of office equipment and computers with Microsoft Office for public use. Our Tech Buffet includes office equipment such as printers, copier, and fax machine, as well as laptops, a 3D printer, and a green screen and studio photography tent. You can also consult with experienced and knowledgeable library staff and access a variety of business databases and other online resources, books, and newspapers and magazines.

Coworking offers collaboration and synergy.

Working from home can be isolating and often full of distractions that impede productivity. Our 26-seat space allows entrepreneurs and small business owners to take phone calls, talk with other coworkers, and plug in laptops or other electronic devices. We’re open 12 hours every weekday and Sunday, plus 8 hours on Saturday to accommodate a variety of schedules and preferences. If you prefer working al fresco during the warmer months, we even have outdoor seating on the south side of the library.

Our location in the heart of downtown Naperville is also just steps away from restaurants, shopping, the 1.75-mile Riverwalk along the west branch of the DuPage River, and—coming soon—the tech-friendly Naperville Jaycees “smart park.”

Coworking spaces are ideal environments for networking with other entrepreneurs.

NaperLaunch is more than a coworking space—it’s also a community. Users can meet other innovators and entrepreneurs and share ideas, get help developing a business concept, and receive guidance with one-on-one mentoring or via roundtable discussions. We also offer regular workshops, meetups and classes on business basics like marketing and branding.

In addition, our 15-week NaperLaunch Academy offers a focused curriculum to help entrepreneurs develop fundamental business knowledge, improve salesmanship and leadership skills and learn the “lean startup process.”

For more information about NaperLaunch, visit our website or stop by the Nichols Library.

Posted: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 15:45