Greenwich Library is offering workshops to help job seekers navigate these difficult economic times. Focus on Careers, a series of over 15 programs, is designed to sharpen business and job searching skills.
"The Library is part of the solution to the current economic struggles," said Mary Cuff, Peterson Business Librarian. "Experts will provide critical guidance on fine tuning a resume, networking or launching a business. The library is the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and access a diversity of free resources."
The series will offer several programs on using online business networking resources in your job search including LinkedIn and Indeed.com. Participants can also practice completing applications and interviewing as well as learn how to use the CT Department of Labor as a resource.
"Only 44% of the top 100 U.S. retailers accepted in-store paper applications in 2006- down from 68% in 2004. So learning how to complete an online application is critical to success for many job seekers," said Cuff.
On the home front, turn unwanted items into cash with Selling on eBay and learn how to use online grocery and coupon sites with Groceries @.
To assist with compiling information, The Peterson Business collection offers the books and electronic resources to help you prepare for your job search. ProQuest Entrepreneurship provides access to resources and tools for starting a business including video clips, "how to" books, templates, forms and sample business plans as well as journal articles and the latest scholarly research. The Foundation Directory Online offers information about private and community foundations, grant making public charities and exclusive funder portfolios. Grants are available for small business owners, artists and writers in addition to nonprofit organizations. Training sessions on these resources will be offered on March 23 and 30, respectively.
All programs are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for some Technology Training Center programs. Visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/business.asp or call 622-6508 for more information.
Monday, March 2: Spotlight Online: Vault, 2 p.m. in the Technology Training Center
Wednesday, March 4: Spotlight Online: Small Business Administration, 2 p.m. in the Technology Training Center
Saturday, March 7: Writing a Winning Resume, 10 a.m. in the Meeting Room
Saturday, March 7: The Less Stress Interview, 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room
Monday, March 9: Spotlight Online: GettingHired.com, 2 p.m. in the Technology Training Center
Saturday, March 14: Selling on eBay, 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room
Monday, March 16: Spotlight Online: LinkedIn, 2 p.m. in the Technology Training Center
Wednesday, March 18: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Evaluating Resources Online, 11 a.m. in the Technology Training Center
Thursday, March 19: Groceries @, 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Cos Cob Library
Friday, March 20: Successful Job Applications, 10 a.m. in the Technology Training Center
Saturday, March 21: Using Online Tools in your Job Search, 10 a.m. in the Meeting Room
Monday, March 23: Spotlight Online: Entrepreneurship, 2 p.m. in the Technology Training Center
Tuesday, March 24: Netsearch: Using Search Engines, 11 a.m. in the Technology Training Center
Wednesday, March 25: Using the Department of Labor Website as a Resource, 2 p.m. in the Technology Training Center
Friday, March 27: Improving your Resume, 10 a.m. in the Technology Training Center
Monday, March 30: Spotlight Online: Foundation Directory Online, 2 p.m. in the Technology Training Center