Looking for Work? Visit Your Library!
By Robby Sanders, Minnesota Job Partners
Did you know there are 100+ libraries available to you in the Twin Cities metro area? Our libraries aren’t just for books anymore; they can be a job seeker’s “one-stop shop” for a productive job search. Here are six ways your local library can help you job hunt.
Career Counseling. Metro area libraries have amazing job search support onsite. Career counselors from Teamsters | Minnesota Job Partners and other agencies are there to help you develop a job search plan. Some of the services provided may include résumé assistance, application processing, and interview coaching. If job seekers come with questions, they will likely have the answers.
Computers. All libraries have computers you can use. Most job search requires computer access, if it’s setting up or getting your email, submitting online applications, or surfing the web to find jobs. If you have trouble using a computer, just raise your hand and there is someone to help.
Job Search Classes. If you need to brush up on the latest job search techniques, you may want to take a class. Get tips for LinkedIn, interviewing, applications, etc. You might also want to join a library job club, where you get together with other job seekers to discuss challenges and opportunities.
Training. Need to update your computer skills? Improve your English language skills? Need tutoring or a GED? Many libraries offer a variety of trainings to boost your basic skills and confidence.
Business Resources. Your reference librarian can be your next best friend. They have databases and publications to identify the businesses in your labor market. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, many libraries team up with local business consultants to help you develop your business plan. Some libraries also have “business centers” where you can use their resources to research small business trends.
Social Services. Libraries are partnering with county and community-based social workers who can help you access human services for work-life wellness.
Job search shouldn’t be a lonely activity. Get out and visit your local library to discover all the valuable services they provide.
You can call 612-676-3710 to see if you’re eligible for our no-cost employment services. Learn more at www.jobpartners.org.