Category Archives: Job Resources & Links

Job Hunter’s Source Book – Where to Find Employment Leads and Other Job Resources

Foundation Grants to Individual Online –

Finding a Job After Fifty – Terry Harty & Karen Kerstra Harty

Getting Back to Work – Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff – Linda K. Rolie

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Grant Seeking on the Web – Kief Schladweiler –

Government Assistance Almanac – – the guide to federal domestic financial and other programs covering grants, loans, insurance, personal payments and benefits, subsidies, fellowships, scholorships, etc.

2011 Student Financing Guide

By: John Holmgren

I offer this without comment and certainly without endorsement. However, one must trace down all leads for educational financing. Hope it works for you …..

The 2010-2011 Student Financing Guide is your source for information on financial aid programs in your state, including…

  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Tuition Reduction and Waivers
  • Tax Credits and Tax Deductions
  • Loan Forgiveness/Loan Repayment programs

…And much, much more!

Download your FREE copy of the 2010-2011 Student
Financing Guide today!

A Web Site That May Help You Locate Education Financing

By:   John Holmgren

The headline of this web site says:

Looking To Go Back To School –  but wondering how you’re going to pay for it?

We can assist you in making an informed decision about your education and financing options. In just three easy steps we can help you get connected to accredited colleges and universities.

The 2010-2011 Student Financing Guide is your source to get connected to state-specific information on:

  • Loan Forgiveness/Loan Repayment programs
  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Tax Credits and Tax Deductions
  • Tuition Reduction and Waivers
  • And much, much more!

The site’s URL is:

I have no financial interest in this organization and offer no guaranty of any sort of it’s legitimacy.

You may find it has value, and the information is offered in that spirit.

Any feed-back will be welcomed and shared.

Cheers, and good luck.

Training Sources and Finance Assistance

By:  John Holmgren

Wee Willie Keeler, a baseball player, hit singles and retired with a career .341 batting average, 14th best in major league history.  His motto, “Hit ‘em where they ain’t”!

And, so should you.

There are many, many sources of funding for college or vocational education, many highly specialized.

Lists are boring.  However, this is to give you a TINY idea of funding available.  If you are the son / daughter of a longshoreman, there may be funds for you!

The idea is to just get you started looking.  Was your mother Irish?  Could be …..

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  So, get to your library and look around.


Career College & Technology School Databook – schools offering programs that result in occupational certificate / diploma or a technical associate degree

Career Resource Guide to Grants, Scholarships and Other Financial Resources – 2 vol. 800 322-8755

College Student’s Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding – for those not qualifying for need based funding but still needing financial assistance

Directory of Financial Aids for Women             

Financial Aid for African Americans                 

Financial Aid for Asian Americans                    

Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans                

Financial Aid for Military Personnel and Their Families – scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants-in-aid                                           

Financial Aid Guide – scholarships & loans for high school students, college under- graduates, graduates and adult learners         

Finding a Job After Fifty – Terry Harty & Karen Kerkstra Harty

Foundation Grants to Individuals                      

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – available at Charleston, SC main library

Getting Back to Work – everything you need to know to bounce back and get a job after a layoff – Linda K. Rolie

Getting Financial Aid – scholarships, grants, loans & jobs

Government Assistance Almanac – the guide to federal domestic financial and other programs, covering grants, loans, insurance, personal payments and benefits, subsidies, fellowships, scholarships, etc.            

How to Get Money for College – financing your future beyond federal aid

Job Hunter’s Source Book – where to find employment leads and other job search resources

Kaplan Scholarships (for college)                       

Kuder 4 Adults – career guidance for today’s adults – learn about career development

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans 27th Ed. – a guide to education related financial aid programs for students and professionals – 2 vol.

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes                           

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Grant Seeking on the Web – Kief Schladweiler

Vocational & Technical Schools East               


USNews Online Education Link Information


There is a wealth of information available online about colleges, grad schools and education funding including scholarships, grants and loans.

Go to: and look around.

Remember that if your goal is to learn a trade at a community college or technical school, in most cases the funding options apply equally to you.


Financing Your New Skill Training – U.S. Government Source

By:  John Holmgren

There are many, many reasons that learning a new skill is critical to your success.  It is true that, for many, it is the most likely path to quality employment.

Whether you need to learn a skill to establish a career or your job went away and you must learn another trade, that means training, and training schools are expensive!

A source of educational funding is the U.S. Department of Education.  Each year more than $150 billion is available in federal aid for students who qualify.

This is a quote from their document, “Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2010 – 12”.  Federal student aid comes from the federal government – specifically, the U.S. Department of Education.  It’s money that helps a student pay for education expenses at a postsecondary school (e.g., college, vocational school, graduate school).

Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.  Aid also can help pay for a computer and for dependent care.”

Find the U.S. Department of Education at  Look for “Funding” and you will be taken to  It will provide you with much more information.

To apply for federal student aid, complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  On the web go to  Fill out the application or download a PDF.  For further aid call 1-800-433-3243.

You will find a wealth of information about the program.  Start with “Your Federal Student Loans – Learn the basics and Manage Your Debt”.  Order at

Student Aid on the Web




Occupational Outlook 


That’s just a sampling of what’s available.  Good Luck!

Use Your Local Library Resources

By:  John Holmgren

Many of you overlook a major resource that can assist with your job hunting:

Your local library.

You say, “I only went there when I had a school assignment. It wasn’t fun and I had to be there”.

True.  That was then, this is now.  We associate past negatives and try to avoid them in future, like burning fingers on a hot stove.  That’s how we learn.

It’s time to use every advantage, every angle, to get a job!

Here are reasons why you should know people at your local library, and know them very well.

You have to have knowledge of much information for successful job searching.

“And, what would that be?” you ask.

Know every organization in your job category; everyone that can hire you regardless of location – you may have to relocate; know as many in-house hiring managers as possible; know every local organization that can hire you if your target job doesn’t happen, etc.

Do you know every group that can hire you in your commute range?  I doubt it.

If you are a pro-active candidate, there’s responsibility to learn and use information about organizations and people who can solve your situation.

That’s why the library.

Libraries have huge amounts of employment information: industry directories, on-line databases, employment trends, directories of hiring managers.  Too much to deal with.

Overwhelming!  “I don’t need that frustration.  It’s tough enough already!”

The punch line: libraries have “Research Librarians” to help you with that “stuff”. It’s their job to know about and assist you in locating information to help your employment search!

And it’s FREE!

Some libraries offer assistance in writing resumes.  They aren’t as good at it as I am, of course, but they try …..

Use them!