|Jogging man with briefcase - courtesy Unsplash|
WebJunction free Workforce Services includes materials collected as part of Project Compass, a national initiative, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to support public library workforce development services. Check out the webinars, videos and other resources. The "Materials" section can help you build new workforce service programs for your library. A few interesting examples: Crafting a Sucessful Adult Education Program for Small, Rural and/or Part Time Libraries and Bright Shiny Things, Social Media and Job Hunting
If you're working with a patron who isn't sure where to start, you may want to show them the County Workforce Profiles of Wisconsin.The detailed profile for your county will show which industries are growing and projected to grow in the near-term future, what the average wages are for your county and Wisconsin. This "big-picture" information can be especially helpful for students and adult job-seekers who are open to thinking about a different line of work altogether.
Job seeking, especially when it becomes a long-term process, can be emotionally draining and a job search support group may help keep up your patron's morale. Depending on where you're located, one of these may be within driving distance for your community.
|Job support group - Courtesy Huntington NY public library|
If you're willing, please share how you keep job-seeker support fresh in your library and your home town.
Written by Martha Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning