The county has seen a fair share of employment struggles in the last few years with employers coming and going, and the job market shrinking as large industries and small businesses alike are cutting back. In times like these it is important that people explore their options.
In many cases this means acquiring, improving or honing skill sets. In other cases it means dusting off and brushing up your resume. Some just need a little interview coaching to give them an edge or calm the nerves. All of the above needs can be met at your local library.
"Many people do not realize that the library can help them enhance or improve their chances to find a job in this market," said outreach manager Di Herald. Herald is responsible for the GED, literacy and ESL classes offered throughout the county.
"People come to the library every day, pick up a book, a movie or a CD and then they go home. In some cases they even use the computer stations to read email or search for jobs, never realizing that with just a few mouse clicks or questions of our staff they could be getting personalized help with their employment needs."
"The county has been impacted by recent layoffs, and many people were not prepared to start over. It can be a daunting process. Our library district wanted to make sure that our libraries were there to help them pick up the pieces," said director Annette Choszczyk. "Whether people need computer classes, resume-building pointers, or simple job search assistance, the libraries can help. Many of our online offerings can even be accessed from the comfort of their own home. People can really find resources they may need."
All the libraries have been equipped with dedicated workforce development computers as well. These computers are specially equipped to enhance the job-seeking experience and to allow people to access workforce centers remotely and save having to drive to the centers.
Choszczyk wants to let everyone know that they can take advantage of these services. "Everyone can benefit from classes, both online or in the library. Everyone can benefit from brushing up his or her resume and interview skills. It is good to be prepared for whatever the future might bring. Maybe a promotion, or a new exciting opportunity will appear. Of course, personal enrichment or achievement can be a goal in itself."
One of those achievements is the successful completion of a GED examination. GED preparation courses are offered for people who need to have high school credentials.a Recently, the GED testing process has become computerized. The paper test is no longer available. For many, this means they may not only need to learn the material for the test, but how to use the computer for the test-taking process as well. An individual can take the GED course and get all of the training they need in one place.
"We truly are here to help the community," said Herald. "Finding ways to improve and enhance lives is truly our mission."blog comments powered by Disqus