Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Job Hunting Is the Worst—But BPL Wants to Help!

by Jenn Seiler-Patrick, Five Points West Regional Branch Library

Books on job searching and careers picked by the staff at the Five Points West Library

First of all, looking for a job is hard.

Second, not receiving an interview or not getting the job hurts. As a new librarian with Birmingham Public Library, I just finished a years-long job hunt and am excited to be here, talking to you. So, I know some of that pain you might be feeling and my goal is to let you know you’re not alone; and to tell you about some of the options you have for help.

Our libraries have many books and e-books to help you with your job search, building a new career, or marketing yourself. Our staff can also recommend online resources to help with resumes, cover letters, how to interview, and improving your job skills. Some of your questions may be answered through BPL's Job Searching, Resume Writing, and Career Development page. As always, ask a BPL staff member if you need help finding any book or online resources.

Finally, the library has programs such as the employment readiness bootcamp New Age Online Application Drill/Interview Performance Training on July 23 and the Steps to Starting Your Business workshop on July 17 (this workshop is also scheduled August-October) taking place at the Central Library, which provides an awesome opportunity to learn what employers are looking for.

You can also check out the free classes offered by many of our library locations to help increase your skills with computers. Just visit the BPL events calendar and search the Career & Employment and Computers & Technology categories for upcoming classes.

I wish you strength to continue and hope for success! Thanks for reading!

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