Thursday, February 12, 2015

Creating a Job Seeker's Curriculum

Your library may offer patrons help creating resumes or searching for job postings on the internet. Those are GREAT ways to assist job-seekers. If your library has the time and staff, you could create a full range of programs - kind of a "job seeker's curriculum." Maybe you have a new hire who remembers the tools that kept them stoked during their job search. This could be an energizing project for a newbie.
Ongoing learning from Pixabay
Ongoing learning from Pixabay
Finding a new job or changing careers can be a long process, even in an improving economy. Keeping yourself motivated and improving your odds by creating a well-rounded approach to thinking about your work history, your skill sets, and your professional dreams and aspirations can yield huge benefits.

Cleveland.com, the premier online news source for Ohio, featured the great services offered by the Cuyahoga County Public Library career counselors.  The library offers programs that include help for people returning to the workforce, understanding the inter-generational dynamics of today's workplace, and much more.

Not ready to commit to that level of programming?  The career centers of colleges and universities often share unusual and interesting tools you can use. Check these out:

UW-Madison from Pixabay
UW-Madison from Pixabay
UC-Santa Barbara - highlights the top 10 candidate skills/qualifications employers want.

Mount Mercy University
 - includes a great set of "behavioral" interview questions to help prep for highly competitive interviews.

University of Toledo - Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services shares a four-step Career Development Process that guides patrons through the stages of career development, from self-assessment to creating an action plan.

Developing the right mix of resources, programs, and web content to meet your patrons needs can be an engaging and exciting process, and it can help your staff grow and develop a better sense of the unique skills they bring to their work each day.

Written by Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning