We do a lot of great things here at the Learning Centre. One of the most important things, I think, is having job resources for people. Job hunting is hard, and there is a lot you might be doing wrong without even realizing it. If you’re unemployed but looking for a job, I highly recommend you check out what your local centre has available to help—you might be pleasantly surprised at all the help you will receive.
Depending on the job you’re looking for, there may be trade magazines or niche websites that will have the best positions open. At almost any library or learning centre, you can browse periodicals to look for jobs. You can also use the library’s computers if you don’t have your own or lack internet to search online. It can be intimidating to go through all those sources, but some places have trained staff to help you sort through and find the things you really want or are qualified for. A learning centre like mine, which services an area that has a significant Native population, may have information on specific jobs that require language or translating skills, or provide access to job training programs for those who qualify.
Once you’ve found a place you want to work, you will likely need a resume. Again, your local library can probably help out. Most have computers, printers, and fax machines that you can use to get your resume out there. And for those of you who need to do some serious updating to their resume or have never written one before, some have classes that will teach you how to write the perfect resume. Other locations will let you schedule an appointment to have someone review an existing resume and help you make the best of what you’ve got. Believe it or not, there are lots of companies that will do this as well, but most of them charge you quite a bit – so it is in your best interest to pay your local library or learning centre a visit to see what they’ve got!
Okay, after your resume has been sent out, the next step is likely going to be some kind of interview, either over the phone if it is far away or in person. Libraries and learning centres sometimes have professionals who are experienced in human resources to do mock interviews with you, and others have might have company information available so you can research who is important there and what the company is doing. The more you know and practice, the more confident you’ll feel at the interview, making it even more likely that you’ll get the job you want.
These are just a few examples of generally available resources for job hunters. Your local community or learning centre as well as your local library may have other information or services available. The only way you’ll know is if you go there and ask.
Good luck on the job hunt, and if you use any services, let me know in the comments!