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September 19, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Gale Debuts Enhanced Career Transitions Resource

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced major enhancements to Career Transitions, its online career service tool. The features include a new user interface, reporting tools for gauging user activity, and additional job-seeking and career exploration activities. These enhancements, which allow for easier and faster user access and career assessment, were implemented based on extensive customer and user feedback. These new features have been added to Career Transitions at no additional cost to customers.

In addition to the new interface, the following features were added to Career Transitions:

  • Interactive Interview Practice: A custom interview simulation to help users get over interview intimidation and prepare in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. In addition, users will find targeted tips and advice in the form of articles and videos on job searching and applying to networking and career strategies, among other topics.
  • Match Experience to New Careers: This unique feature enables users to identify a job or military occupation they’ve held, and explore related new career opportunities based on their experiences. Match Experience helps users translate their experiences into new opportunities they may not have considered.
  • Trends, Activities, Outcomes & Reporting: Provides detailed insight into the activities users are engaged in and what they are accomplishing. Helps librarians deliver measurable results to their institution, community and funding partners with:

-       Visual, easy-to-generate reports detailing what users are accomplishing

-       Optional user survey mechanism to identify transformative value (jobs, progress) and success

The new activities reporting feature added to Career Transitions will give librarians access to useful information and metrics that will demonstrate the success of their job and career resources in a visual, detailed report. Reports can be generated at any time, and cover every activity—including job searching and tracking, resumes, cover letters, assessments and more—that users can experience within Career Transitions. Librarians can also gather valuable user data on career search trends, such as ranked information on the top careers users are targeting and what specific advice they are seeking.

Other additions to Career Transitions include updates for more than 1,100 careers; 1,000 videos including “Day in the Life” interviews with people in different fields; spotlights on new and emerging careers, as well as green careers; a career ladder that positions similar opportunities according to education/training level; and an education/training finder to match careers with education and training programs from nearly 9,000 postsecondary institutions across the U.S. and more than 300 online continuing education courses. In addition, the guided resume and cover letter creator helps users who are often intimidated to start this process find a quick and efficient path to presenting their backgrounds and abilities in the best light. It guides users step-by-step through each section of creating a resume and cover letter.

Source: Gale

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