As the Internet age continues to flourish, the public library increasingly seems to be one of the most overlooked and underutilized vehicles for job seeking. Ironically, it remains as one of the best resources for finding job opportunities. Don’t believe it? Here are nine great ways in which your public library can enhance your job search.
1. Free Job Hunting Books
The public library is an amazing resource for the most current and up-to-date job hunting books that offer advice on every aspect of the search. You may also find books on the best companies to work for.
2. Computer Classes
If you need help learning programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe, the public library typically offers free classes to cardholders who sign up.
3. Resume Writing and Interviewing Services
Many libraries offer free resume writing and interviewing services. Even if you don’t feel weak in these areas, it’s good to take advantage of the services to strengthen your skills in these areas.
4. Free Internet
If you don’t have the Internet at home, the library is the perfect place to conduct your job search. Libraries offer Internet free of charge for approximately 2-3 hours per day. This is great for any seeker looking for ways to search for positions and send off resumes.
5. Job Search Workshops
Oftentimes, public libraries will set up monthly or quarterly job search workshops designed specifically to provide hands-on assistance with individuals’ job searches. The workshops may include advice on job seeking, resume and cover letter writing, networking, and how to apply for jobs.
6. Job Clubs
Some public libraries also sponsor job clubs, designed to provide job seekers with assistance, support, and advice regarding their job searches. Since not all libraries offer these clubs, it’s good to check around to see if any in your area do.
7. English Language Classes
Another great resource the public library offers is language classes when English is the second language. Speaking another language primarily can serve as a barrier for many strong candidates. By taking these classes, workshops, or practice sessions, candidates can improve their chances of writing strong copy.
8. Assistance When Transitioning to a Different Career
Transitioning to a different career can be difficult for any job seeker since, in the eyes of an employer, the seeker is bringing little experience to the table. Some public libraries offer assistance for individuals looking to switch careers by helping them to fill gaps in their job history and identify their transitional skills.
9. Stress Relief
Because job searches often require as much effort as a full-time job, it’s important for seekers to find ways to relieve stress. Fortunately, many libraries offer yoga, meditation, and other health and fitness classes that can provide much needed stress relief while you’re looking for work.
There’s no doubt that many seekers don’t take advantage of the benefits the public library has to offer. So if you want to improve your search, it’s a good idea to visit your local library today!
It’s important to remember to brand your resume before applying to each new position for more information on branding check out my recent article 5 Key Areas to Target When Branding Your Resume. You can also get additional job search and career related advice by checking out our blog or following us on Twitter @GreatResume.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
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