How to Get Job Search Help at the Library
Job Search Programs, Workshops and Tools Available at the Library
Most people probably don't think of going to the library when they are starting a job search, but it's a good place to get personal assistance and to access online (and print, of course) resources that will help your job hunt go smoothly.
In addition to providing job search and career-related books, public libraries offer many other resources for job seekers. Libraries are a good resource for unemployed workers and job changes, especially for those who can use the hands-on help.
To find out how your library can help, visit the library's website. You'll find information on library resources, programs, classes, tools, and events that can help you with your job search.
Many public libraries offer free computer training courses including classes on how to use your computer and software programs, basic computer and laptop skills, using eReaders and iPads, setting up and using email, using Google, blogging, file storage, internet safety, and other computer and internet classes.
Even though these classes aren't specifically focused on job searching, they will help you learn how to use your computer and the internet effectively and efficiently.
Computers and Wi-Fi
When you don't have access to a computer or wi-fi, most libraries have computers available for patrons to use. You may be able to reserve time to use the computer or they may be available on a first-come, first served basis.
You can use library computers to check and send email (get a free Gmail or Yahoo email account), write resumes and letters, and apply for jobs (save a copy of your resume and cover letters online using Google Docs).
Printers are available so you can print copies of your resume, cover letters, and references.
Libraries also offer free wi-fi that you can connect to with your laptop or tablet.
Job Search Workshops
Job search workshops provide hands-on assistance with your job search and may include advice on online job searching, resume and cover letter writing, how to apply for jobs, and how to network.
Job clubs are designed to provide job seekers with job search help, support, and advice. Check to see if your library offers a formal job club moderated by a career expert or meeting space for an informal job club you can join.
Career Transitions is an online job search and career exploration tool that job seekers can access for free through local public libraries. To find out if your library provides access to the site call the library or your local library's website to see if they have purchased Career Transitions.
English Language Classes
When English isn't your first language it can make your job search even more of a challenge. Your library can help with ESL classes, workshops, and practice sessions.
Job searching can be really stressful and you may be able to find some stress relief at the library. Some libraries offer meditation workshops, yoga classes, and other health and fitness classes.