Summer job hunt: library resources to help in your quest

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

By David Wyatt

Hunting for jobs terrifies me.

Job searches can be like the Balrog of Moria—creatures of shadow and flame barring you from your epic quest. Your friends might leave you in the dust, but you’ll return a victorious, level-20 job-search wizard!

Library staff can help you level-up your job acquisition skills, whether you are looking for your first job this summer, or getting back into the workforce. The Library District has the tools (which at times seem magical) for that.

JobNow

Available 24/7 through our website, JobNow includes resume help with templates and a lab with expert feedback. Once you get that interview, JobNow has interview tips and online resources. If you land that perfect job and want to turn it into something more, there’s even more career-building resources to explore. One of the best features of JobNow happens daily, between 2 and 10pm, and it is live experts (as in living, breathing human-beings) who are available to help craft that perfect resume or hone your interview skills.

Job & Career Help

Some aspiring wizards seek out mentors, masters of magic and spells. If you’re looking for one-on-one help, you can talk with one of our business librarians for advice and help with crafting your resume, writing a cover letter, finding job leads, and even figuring out your ideal career. To set up an appointment, use the Book a Librarian form and be sure to allow plenty of time because it takes a few days to arrange an appointment.

GED & High School Completion Classes

We’ve partnered with Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty and volunteers to bring GED and high school completion classes to Cheney Library at no charge. Classes are customized to each student for the topics needed. If this sounds promising to you, the SCC Adult Education department can be contacted at 509.533.4600 for more information and to enroll.

Online Training & Courses

If you have an eye on your dream job and want to gain those skills for free, then our Digital Library is the place to start. Gale Courses offers high quality 6-week courses on topics that include accounting, business, design, software, technology, and more. Lynda.com has online video courses covering a wide variety of business and technology skills that let you learn at your own pace. Microsoft Imagine Academy has eLearning programs that include skills for beginners and learning plans that help you master their software.

Computers

Whether you are checking sites like Indeed and Spokane’s Next Generation Zone or crafting your resume or filling out a dreaded online job application, our libraries have computers for you to use. That includes our newest library, The BookEnd, located on the second floor of the Spokane Valley Mall next to Macy’s. If you’re visiting employers at the Mall, you can drop by The BookEnd and fill out that online application right away!

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