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Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'm Looking for a Job

“I need help. I’m looking for a job, my computer skills are poor, and I’m not sure how to go about writing a resume. Can you help me?” The Newton Falls Public Library has a new opportunity to assist this patron. Thanks to a grant from the First Place Bank Community Foundation, the library will be offering a program to assist adults who are job seeking. There will be three sessions of three classes offered throughout 2010. The first series of classes will be Fridays, April 9, 23, and 30 from 1 – 3 p.m. The classes will be offered again in July and October. Registration is required as space is limited. Participants are expected to attend all three classes. The R. J. Wean Foundation provided the grant monies allowing the library to purchase the necessary equipment for our wireless laptop computer lab.

• April 9th - The first class is Networking and Job Seeking. In this class attendees will list people to network with and make a plan. The instructor will assist them in creating a 30 second “elevator speech” and go through some websites of interest.

• April 23rd - The second will cover Writing a Resume. It will focus on the content of the resume and will specifically have the participants writing accomplishment statements and summary statements for their resumes.

• April 30th - The final class is Creating a Resume in Microsoft Word. This will include basic instruction that teaches how to create a resume using Word.

While waiting for the classes to begin, patrons may want to examine some of the many materials available for borrowing. Some of the titles in the library’s collection are The Job Search Solution: the ultimate system for finding a great job now! by Tony Beshara, Gallery of Best Resumes: a collection of quality resumes by professional resume writers by David F. Noble , and Perfect Phrases for Cover Letters by Michael Betrus.

Online, library card holders may access the LearningExpressLibrary through the Ohio Web Library []. The LearningExpressLibrary offers unlimited 24/7 access to courses for computer skills; job search and workplace skills; resume writing; interactive targeted skill-building in math, reading, and writing; as well as hundreds of online interactive practice tests.

The Ohio Career Information System [] assists people in making better career decisions including self-assessment, occupational information, employer locator, military employment, self-employment, job search files, and school and apprenticeship information. You must first come to the library to “Create My Portfolio.” Once an account has been established this site may be accessed away from the library.

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