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Looking for a job? Start your search at the library

Emily Hisel
Garfield County Libraries
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
A screenshot of the virtual Workforce Center accessible at county libraries.

The Garfield County Libraries are participating in a statewide project to connect Workforce Centers and libraries. As of Sept. 12, the libraries began giving access to “virtual Workforce Centers” in all six locations. This new partnership allows job seekers greater access to services through their local library.

Virtual Workforce Centers can be accessed from any library Internet equipped computer via a link on the desktop. You can also access it from the Libraries’ website http://www.gcpld.org. The link will take you to a page that can help you find a job, create a resume, file and manage unemployment benefits, and find out about services for veterans, persons with disabilities, and social assistance services. Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, said “we think these virtual workforce centers will help job seekers who are increasingly turning to libraries for career exploration and job search activities.”

If you are in need of “hands on” assistance, we’ve also got you covered. You can set up an appointment with someone from the Workforce Center to meet at your local library to get training on any number of job seeker services including creating a resume, preparing for an interview, and planning for a career.

As always the library has great tools to check out. There are books on resumes, careers, and job hunting. This title caught my eye: “The job-hunter’s survival guide: how to find hope and rewarding work even when ‘there are no jobs'” by Richard N. Bolles. What might catch yours?

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Stop by your local Garfield County Library and try out the new virtual Workforce Center today. It might be just what you need to land the job you’ve been waiting for.

The Silt Branch Library invites you to join us during a day off from school to play some Wii games, hang out, and eat snacks. We will be playing on Monday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Silt Community Center. For more information call 876-5500.

Your future job may depend on your ability to communicate your skills in just one or two pages. Library Branch Manager Dan Mickelson and Penny Roehm from the Workforce Center will be presenting ways you can create or update your resume on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library.

They will show a variety of tools and library resources that can help you with your resume and will discuss topics such as cover letters, applications, and tailoring resumes for specific jobs. If you already have a resume, feel free to bring it with you for a private review. For more information call 876-5500.

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