Pierce County libraries poised to help with job search

Most sessions aren’t on the Plateau, but the Buckley library is hosting a course on how to apply for jobs and prepare your resume Thursday, March 28.

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:15am
  • Life

If a 2019 resolution includes getting a new job, the Pierce County Library System can help.

The system’s “Get Hired” program offers free workshops on job search strategies, professional communications, interviewing techniques and more, as well as free technology certifications.

Most of the opportunities are off the Plateau, but there will be a session in Buckley dealing with effective resumés and job applications.

Below is the full list. Job seekers can improve their job-hunting skills through workshops including:

JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

Learn a variety of job-search methods to increase the chances at finding the perfect job. Discover strategies to locate job openings, such as networking, informational interviews and using the internet. Registration required.

A session will be offered at the Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W., from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17

EFFECTIVE APPLICATIONS AND RESUMES

Get tips for creating effective applications, resumes and cover letters while learning how to navigate the sometimes sticky situations in the application process. Registration is required.

The first session runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Eatonville Pierce County Library, 205 Center St. W. A second session is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Buckley library, 123 S. River Ave.

PREPARE FOR JOB INTERVIEWS

Learn the benefits of pre-interview prep and how to respond to challenging questions in a positive way. All attendees will receive an interview survival handout. Registration is required.

The class is first offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Tillicum library, 14916 Washington Ave. S.W., in Lakewood. It will be offered a second time from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma.

In addition, the Pierce County Library System offers free access to technology certifications including Microsoft 2016, Adobe and Quickbooks. Job seekers gain a competitive advantage with these certifications and the certifications are ideal for small-business owners, too.

Job seekers and small business owners may earn free certifications in three steps.

• Enroll at techcert.pcls.us and complete a survey, including a skills assessment, to receive free access to online study materials.

• Learn online – study and take practice tests.

• Certify at a Pierce County Library – earn a voucher to take an exam for free.

The Pierce County Library Foundation sponsors the Get Hired program.

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