Is 2020 the year for a new job? The Pierce County Library System can help with expert job help, free workshops and training in partnership with WorkSource Washington.
“We know many people set a New Year’s resolution to get a new job, and we are here to help them meet their goal,” said Pierce County Library’s Executive Director GeorgiaLomax. “With the improved skills, stand-out resumes and solid interview techniques, the Get Hired workshops help an applicant stand out from the crowd.”
Drop-In Basic Adult Education Referrals:Interested in getting a high school diploma or GED? Learning English? Building skills for college? Ask about basic education for adults in Pierce County and how to get started. Second and fourth Mondays, 2-4 p.m., Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. S.W.
Gig Harbor Jobs Program:Struggling to find a job? Feeling frustrated and alone? Need resume, emails and interview skill feedback? Join other job seekers and skilled volunteers to navigate the pathway to find the right job. Mondays, 4-6 p.m., Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr.
Job Club:Join group meetings and share employment tips, get support in job search, and learn from other job seekers.
Second and fourth Fridays, Jan. 10-to March 27, 1-3 p.m. South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup.
WorkSource Wednesdays:Participate in cutting-edge career workshops to overcome challenges finding employment in Pierce County. Meet with an employer-of-the-day, receive one-on-one coaching and network. Wednesday, Feb. 5, March 4, 1-4 p.m., Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma; Wednesday, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 11, 1-4 p.m., Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E.
Drop-In Help with WorkSource:WorkSource employment experts help with specific questions about all things employment-related – resumes, unemployment claims, job coaching and interview prep. Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma; Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
Effective Applications and Resumes:Get tips for creating effective applications, resumes and cover letters while learning how to navigate those sometimes sticky situations in the application process. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2-4 p.m., Buckley Pierce County Library, 123 S. River Ave.; Thursday, Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m., Orting Pierce County Library, 202 Washington Ave. S.; Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bonney Lake Pierce County Library, 18501 90thSt. E.
Job Hunting for Mature Workers:Concerned that age is impacting the job search? Address issues such as over-qualification or career changes. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2-4 p.m., South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup;
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2-4 p.m., Sumner Pierce County Library, 1116 Fryar Ave.; Wednesday, March 18, noon-2 p.m., Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd.
LinkedIn Help Session:Learn how to expand networks, search for LinkedIn-advertised jobs and do company research. Attendees must have a current LinkedIn profile. Need help setting up an account? Ask a librarian for help. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1-3 p.m., Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr.; Wednesday, Feb. 26, noon-2 p.m., Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20thSt. E.; Tuesday, March 10, 2-4 p.m., Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th St. E.
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. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2-4 p.m., Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29, Milton; Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2-4 p.m., Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. S.W.; Thursday, March 26, 2-4 p.m., Summit Pierce County Library, 5107 112thSt. E., Tacoma.
Book a Job Coach:Get one-one-one help from WorkSource staff to get job search unstuck, help writing resumes, and answers to job-related questions. Wednesday, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, and March 11, Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 KPN, Lakebay. Register for a 30-minute session at piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.
Pierce County Library also offers free online learning opportunities (http://polariscatalog.piercecountylibrary.org/polaris) with Lynda.com, Universal Class and WOIS/The Career Information System and dedicated computers for job seekers.