New library tool helps job seekers

A new aspect of a free online resource available through Josephine Community Libraries will help people search for work by assisting with resumes, cover letters, and job searches.

Lel-JobCareerLearningExpress Library, available at www.josephinelibrary.org, now includes the Job & Career Accelerator. Job seekers can type in their information and select from a variety of resume formats that can be used to target specific positions. Library patrons log into the site with an email address, which allows them to store their information online and access it from any computer with an Internet connection. People can also search for open positions found through employment listings, keep track of what jobs they’ve applied for, and make plans to follow up on job openings.

To help people understand the new component, a library workshop is planned for 9-10 am on Wednesday, December 2, at the Grants Pass branch library, 200 NW C Street. The workshop is limited to 19 participants. Email info@josephinelibrary.org or call 541-476-0571 to reserve a space or to be added to a waiting list for future workshops.

The workshop is offered as part of the Expanding Opportunities Program, which is funded by the Oregon State Library through the federal Library Services and Technology Act. Program Manager Patricia Snyder said that the Job & Career Accelerator addition to LearningExpress will help the many people who come to the library to work on or print their resumes.

“This will help the library be an even better ally in helping people find jobs,” Snyder said. “This new tool should help potential employees showcase their abilities and aid employers in making good hires.”

People exploring career information can use the occupation matcher, which is based on U.S. Department of Labor information, to match their skills and interests to positions and learn about related wages, hiring trends, and skills.

In addition to the new job search component, LearningExpress offers a variety of information about careers, skill-building tutorials, practice tests for the GED and for American citizenship among others, and resources in Spanish.