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6 Ways the Library Can Help You With Your Job Search

Laurel Bocka June 24, 2020

The library has books, that’s what we’re known for. But we have so many other ways to get you the information that you’re looking for. Here are 6 of our resources that are available to you to help you with your job search or professional development.  Job searching is hard. We can help.


1. Bi-weekly job seeker’s update

Workforce Development Coordinator, Steve Russell, is sharing a new video update for jobseekers every other Wednesday throughout the summer. Steve will highlight local resources, featured job opportunities, resume tips, and more. These low-pressure updates are 10-15 minutes long and will keep you up to date with the most recent happenings in the local job market. We feel the need to mention that Steve is an actor in our local theater community and so he knows how to tell a story and keep his audience listening—no long drawn out monologues here! These videos are worth watching!

2. Take an online class

More classes? We know that doesn’t sound like the most fun use of your time. But before you skip to the next item on this list, hear us out! These classes are well put together by professionals in your desired field! The videos are high quality and are kept up-to-date with the newest information. Oh, and no credit card is required—all you need is your library card!
Here are some of the online learning resources we have available for you:

Lynda.com- Lynda.com has thousands of online courses available for you to learn new skills with your library card with new courses being added weekly. You can search through the available courses or you can choose a Learning Path which is a customized playlist of courses for you to reach an end goal. With Lynda.com, you can stream the course videos, you can download the videos to watch later, or you can read the transcript of the course. These courses are available immediately.

Lynda.com has courses to advance your skillset within a certain field but it also has courses to help prepare you for an interview and rewrite your resume. With the variety of courses available, there is a course for everyone. All you need to get started is your library card.

Gale Courses- Gale Courses are highly interactive, instructor-led online classes. Some of the course topics include business skills (software, accounting and finance, non-profit, sales and marketing, starting a business, and more), Microsoft and Adobe applications and software, foreign languages, medical and healthcare, art, and technology.

The interface of the website can be a little intimidating at first, but the quality of the content is worth figuring out. The courses typically last about 6 weeks and they are a little more in-depth than Hoonuit. Gale courses have a discussion board with everyone taking the course at the same time (not just from MRCPL) and so if you have any questions about the material, another student or the instructor can answer on the discussion board. You will need to create an account with an email address and password in order to enroll in a course.

Hoonuit- Whether you’re just getting started on the computer or you want to take a basic coding class, Hoonuit probably has a class for you! Unlike the Gale Courses, the Hoonuit classes are available immediately upon registering for the class. The classes are also typically shorter than the Gale Courses.
Check out a list of some of the courses available through Hoonuit here. You’ll need an account to get started, but if you already use the RBDigital app, Hoonuit uses the same login information!

3. Get one-on-one help from an expert

Chat with someone whose job it is to know the ins and outs of the job searching! Call or email Steve (419.521.4721 / srussell@mrcpl.org) with any questions you might have about job searching, interview skills, and resume or cover letter writing.

4. Our website

Sometimes you just don’t feel like talking to someone on the phone. We understand! We put together this handy resource list for local employment searching with links to local job searching websites, career guides, resume writing, and interview skills. No social interaction is needed to do some of your own research!

5. Career Online High School (COHS)

If a high school diploma is standing between you and your next job, consider our Career Online High School program. Earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate all online!

6. First Call 211

First Call 211 can help with other needs that might come up when job searching including:

Food Pantries and Community Meals
Housing/Shelters
Financial Assistance Information
Utility Assistance
Transportation Options
Seasonal Assistance
Food/Nutrition Programs
Immunizations/Health Care and Screening
Mental Health and Recovery Services

Telephone assistance is available 24/7. Dial: 211 or 419.522.4636
Walk-in services are available Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM
Text services are also available. Text your zipcode to 898211

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