Pierce County Libraries will hold several job search, work tips, and other employment workshops throughout the summer, beginning this week and running through September at more than a dozen library branches.
The program, collectively known as “Get Hired,” includes classes on interview techniques, technology skills, and resume and cover writing basics, according to a news release. The first events, set for Thursday in Steilacoom, cover professional email communication and preparing for job interviews.
“We hear time and time again from people who have used the Get Hired services and then they got the job,” said Georgia Lomax, the library’s executive director. “Library and WorkSource staff provide expert help to prepare applicants for every step of the job search process. Get Hired gives people skills that make them very desirable candidates.”
Several of the specialized two-hour sessions cover niche topics, like job searching for Russian speakers and how to harness the cloud while looking for work. Most courses are taught by staff from the employment agency, though library staff lead some.
Beyond the formal workshops, the library also offers regular drop-in help with WorkSource experts at multiple locations and a weekly “job club” meeting. Interested candidates can also enroll in Microsoft Office Specialist or Technology Associate certification programs, with curriculum available through the library.