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One-on-One Career Counseling Sessions for Jobseekers

April 18, 2017

The Westport Library offers free one-on-one career counseling sessions to local jobseekers. The sessions will be by appointment only and will focus on general career counseling as well as resume and LinkedIn profile assistance.

The personalized programs will be run by business librarian Ellen Janpol, MLS, MBA. Janpol is the former manager of two corporate libraries as well as the JETS Program, the largest educational and networking program for people who are in job transition in Connecticut. She is also a recipient of the "Family Champion Award" by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies for work with families on employment issues.

"An excellent resume has the power to open doors and in this competitive job market, job applicants need an edge,” said Janpol. “We are here to help job seekers fine-tune their resumes so they describe what makes them unique and makes them stand out from the other applicants.  Together, we collaborate and develop the resume that gets you a job interview."

Starting on May 1, one-hour sessions are available on Mondays and Saturdays . On Mondays, the two sessions are at 6 or 7 pm.  On Saturdays, the sessions are at 10 am, 11 am or noon. To schedule an appointment contact Ellen Janpol at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or 203.291.4823.

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Top-Notch Business Research is Accessible for Jobseekers, Entrepreneurs and Students through LexisNexis Database

May 22, 2015

The Westport-based law firm Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., has once again funded the highly-regarded database LexisNexis for Westport Library patrons. For the seventh year in a row, the firm has supplied this service through the Library, which is the only public library in Connecticut to provide free access to the database. Newspaper articles, newsletters, magazines and broadcast transcripts from media sources around the world are available to Westport Library cardholders (and to anyone using library terminals) at no charge.

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Researchers can also uncover detailed company information and financial performance measures including annual reports, SEC filings, executive profiles, corporate hierarchies, earnings call transcripts, SWOT analysis and more.

John Finneran, a management consultant and chair for local and international networking groups, regularly uses the database.  “I encourage entrepreneurs and jobseekers to use the library for research and networking,” said Finneran.  “LexisNexis is a very useful tool for research… information that is found simply by performing a Google search is not always correct, because it may only provide the positive information that companies want people to know. I use the LexisNexis database to collect factually correct competitor information, particularly about smaller, privately held companies,” he added.

Businesses use the database, too. Fred Feuerhake, Energy Manager at Santa Buckley Energy, Inc. based in Bridgeport, a natural gas supplier for municipalities, corporations and universities, says, “I find the LexisNexis database to be very convenient, and a great resource when searching for prospective clients that could use our company’s services.  The information is always very accurate.”

“Our patrons are thrilled when they hear we have LexisNexis,” said Maxine Bleiweis, the Library’s Executive Director.  “Entrepreneurs and business people can’t believe it is available in their local library.  We are so honored that Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., sponsors this invaluable service.”

“Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. is proud to continue our longstanding commitment to the community by partnering with the Westport Library to provide the LexisNexis database to students, businesspeople, and all library patrons,” said Ira Bloom, Senior Partner at the firm.

About Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C.:  The firm was originally established in 1933 and has now grown to more than 40 attorneys in three offices located in Milford, Westport and Norwalk, Connecticut.  Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. provides effective representation to a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 companies, to schools and municipalities, and to small businesses and individuals throughout the state of Connecticut.  For more information, visit