How to Conduct Resume and Interviewing Workshops at Your Library (SEFLIN)

This two-part online class will be held on September 9 and 10, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Students must attend both sessions.

If you asked the people in your community what comes to mind when they think of your library, many might say “a resource for our community.” What better resource could you be than for those who have recently (or not so recently) been laid off – or for those who fear they soon will be?

Session 1 “Laid off” – those dreaded words. Those of us who are employed can only imagine the fear and frustration that must face the many people who have lost their jobs and haven’t been able to secure another position. But what can we do? Most of us don’t have jobs available for them even if they have a perfect resume. But here’s the catch – most of them don’t have even a close-to-perfect resume – and some have no idea where to start. If they do have a resume, there’s a good chance they think they can sit in front of a computer screen, submit dozens of resumes, and a job will magically appear. Employment experts are estimating that as many as 80% of the jobs being found during the downturn in our economy are found through networking, not through plastering your resume all over town, and that includes “cybertown”…

In this first session of the How to Conduct Resume and Interviewing Workshops at Your Library series, we will discuss what needs to be on a resume and what you should get rid of – now! We will also delve into how you go about networking – what is it? Why is it so important today? How does my personality affect my inclination to network?

You’ll find this session not only helpful to your library patrons, but also helpful to you or someone you know who may need this information in the future. And you’ll leave the webinar with handouts you can use to conduct your own resume workshops in your library.

Session 2 In Session #2, our focus will again center on what we can do as a community resource to help those who are unemployed. We will discuss what resources we already have in our libraries that might benefit those looking for jobs, as well as what “out-of-the-box” thinking might contribute to helping others become employed.

We’ll brainstorm together to come up with ways we can partner with others in our communities to reach out and provide job-seekers with every available tool to aid them in their search.

We’ll delve deeply into how to handle the result of a good resume – the interview. We will discuss what to include in our answers as well as what not to share. We will learn the “best” way to answer one of the most common interview questions: “So tell me a little bit about yourself.” What would you say to that question? Would you tell the interviewer that you’ve been married 14 times and have 31 kids? Would you tell them you’re just looking for a job to pay the bills? Of course not! Yet you would be surprised at what slips out if we haven’t prepared a professional answer to this question (hopefully we don’t have to worry about the part about being married 14 times). This will be your chance to practice your answers to some thought-provoking questions. Then you can take this information and share it with your patrons to help them feel more comfortable in an interview – instead of them waiting until they are in front of the interviewer to come up with those answers. And as in Session 1, you will leave with handouts to use for your own library-hosted interviewing workshop.

Presented by: Linda Bruno

Staff from Florida libraries may register for this workshop at no charge. Priority will be given to SEFLIN members. Non-members will be placed on a waiting list and added as space permits after the registration deadline.

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