Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Addressing the Digital Skills Gap

According to the recently released Pew Research Center report - Searching for Work in the Digital Era, "The internet is a central resource for Americans looking for work, but a notable minority lack confidence in their digital job-seeking skills."

Resource used in Job Search - Courtesy Pew Research Center
Resources Used in Job Search - Pew Research Center
The lack of digital skills is critical in a time when the job seekers are more likely to use online resources in their job search than they are to rely on close personal connections, professional contact or employment agencies.

Job seekers who are in the market for a new job for the first time in 10 or 15 years or more encounter an entirely different process than they would have in the past.

People who have good digital skills and have used computers, online social media, and online research tools in their careers or personal lives can adapt more easily than displaced workers who may not have needed to develop digital skills.

Job Seekers Lack Confidence - Pew Research Center
Job Seekers Lack Confidence - Pew Research Center
Wisconsin public libraries are beginning a conversation about working collaboratively to share best practices and develop tools for use to develop skills of staff members and patrons alike.

Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning recently asked public libraries about their willingness to work together and about the degree to which they are currently working with Job Center.

About half of respondents are already working with a Job Center and about half are ready to engage in discussion and planning, others look forward to learning more about the project before committing.

If you would like to participate, please take the survey here:Supporting Patron's Job Search Needs

We look forward to scheduling time to talk and plan ways to maximize the time and talent of public library staff to help residents in communities across Wisconsin build their job search skills.

Written by:
Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning