“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” —Milton Berle
Free Job Search Resources at the Library
by Brandon Priddy, Public Services Librarian
With the unfortunate events of this year, many people may find themselves looking for work. While it can be an arduous process under normal circumstances, a job search can seem impossibly difficult nowadays. Therefore I wanted to highlight some Library recourses that can help job seekers during this challenging time:
The JFCS Career Development Center has been a fantastic library partner for years. Please join their virtual workshop “Job Search Strategies”, on Wednesday, August 26th at 1:30PM. The workshop will help you “begin to define and implement strategies to build momentum and shift your job search into gear. Stop the aimless search and forge an intentional plan of action that will allow you to celebrate wins along the way.” Join Pamela Harris, Career Counselor from JFCS Career Development Center, to learn, discuss, and share in a group setting what’s happening in the job market, what you can do to position yourself for your next role, and what resources are available to help you get there. Registration is required and space is very limited. You can register here.
If you can’t attend this group workshop, their organization also offers a free one on one career counseling service. The counselor can help provide resume and cover letter writing assistance, help you look for jobs, and offer LinkedIn coaching. They also host local career fairs and job search workshops. These sessions are by appointment only. Please call (412) 904-5993 to go through the intake process and get an appointment.
If you have a Mt. Lebanon Library card, you can use free Library resource Gale Courses, which offers in-depth classes taught by instructors. You can sign up for their “Resume Writing Workshop” or “Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search” class. They also offer courses on business software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Each class should take approximately six weeks to finish and new sessions begin every month. You can visit our Job & Career page and create a free account to use this service.
You can also check out the PA Job Resources page on the Power Library’s database page. You can access a resume builder, career education planner, and other job resources. You can also access PA CareerLink, “the state’s premier job-matching tool developed to transform the landscape of how job-seekers find jobs and how employers find talent. The user-friendly job-matching system was created to connect employers and job seekers all in one place, free of charge.” The job hunt is a difficult process, especially now, but fortunately there are some great resources that may help. Good luck with your search.