Libraries Help Job Seekers With Free Resources
Back in February, librarians and library staffs had the chance to talk with state legislators about how libraries stepped up to serve their communities in 2020. One of the things we discussed was how libraries are meeting the needs of job seekers during the pandemic, including new online tools that are free to use with a library card. If you or a loved one are job hunting, here are just a few of the options offered by your library.
Build Your Job Skills With Online Classes
Before you can get the job you want, you need to make sure you have the skills for it. Gale Courses are online, go-at-your-own-pace classes led by professional instructors that can help you amp up your job qualifications. With over 360 class options, there is something for everyone who needs to expand their knowledge and skills for the workforce. In 2020, we had over 3,700 registrations for classes such as Introduction to Microsoft Excel, Speed Spanish, Accounting Fundamentals, Creating WordPress Websites, and more. A full course list is at www.bridgeslibrarysystem.org/classes.
Want the Perfect Resume? Use Our Free Resume Builders
Crafting the perfect resume and cover letter is always a challenging aspect of job hunting. Many resume templates and online review services cost money, and there aren’t many free options. With a library card, you have other options. In three simple steps, you can create a resume with the templates and resume builder on Cypress Resume.
You can also get personal feedback on a cover letter or resume with our newest online tool, HelpNow. (HelpNow está disponible en español.) Find both of these free resources, as well as state job and unemployment information, on the Job Seeker Resources page on our website: www.bridgeslibrarysystem.org/job-seeker-resources.
Stay Informed At the Library
As you navigate the experience of searching and applying for jobs, you can rely on your library and library staff to connect you to the most helpful information. For example, the New Berlin Public Library are distributing Job Fair Kits to anyone who needs them. The kits can be picked up from the library and include tip booklets on resume writing, interviewing, and more, as well as detailed information on library resources and takeaways like a pen and notepad. Other libraries have extensive collections of books, articles, and more on finding and preparing for a new job. You can search the library catalog at www.cafelibraries.org.
From indoor and outdoor WiFi access to free online tools, libraries are here to provide a helping hand. By offering essential tools for job seekers, your library helps individuals succeed, and contributes to the growth and recovery of our communities through this turbulent time.
Written by Jill Fuller. A version of this article appeared in several local newspapers in February 2021. We are sharing those pieces here on our website a few weeks after each piece has been printed.