Use your local library to help you improve your skills and find a job

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By Sara Edmiston, ACLS Director of Public Services

With COVID-19, we have seen an increase in the number of people entering the Gettysburg Library to use our library computers to apply and search for job opportunities. For those who might be looking for new career opportunities, the library system also subscribes to a service called Brainfuse JobNow. JobNow offers live career coaching, real-time interviews, a full-service resume lab, and access to local job resources and more. You can access JobNow on any library computer or through the eLibrary portal on our website, www.adamslibrary.org.

When you log into JobNow, using your library card, you will be able to create an account to save your work by clicking on the My Account link in the top right corner of the page. You must create an account in order to use the live services and take practice exams. The main part of the page is organized into three sections: Resume, Job Interviews, and Career.

Under Resume, users can get live support from experts. Experts are normally available every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. There are also CV templates that you can download and use to fill in your own information – once a CV template is downloaded and filled out, it can then be submitted to the CV Lab to receive expert feedback.

In the Job Interviews section, you’ll also find live interview coaching (available alongside the live CV Expert), lists of interview tips, and a list of expert-curated resources for help you prepare for interviews.

JobNow’s career section is much more comprehensive. Yes, there is live job coaching with experts to help you with job search, application and preparation, but there is so much more. Sections include career assessments (including aptitude tests), which are the perfect place to start looking for a career that matches your personality and interests; SkillSurfer, which is the learning library that includes a variety of lessons on topics such as research and presentation skills, college placement testing, and unemployment benefit assistance; and eParachute which is another resource for discovering college majors and careers that match your interests and skills.

In addition to JobNow, the library system recently became a partner in Google’s “Grow with Google” initiative. Grow with Google provides training, tools, and resources that help people develop the digital skills needed in today’s world. Each month, the Gettysburg Library offers a “Grow with Google” session on a variety of topics. We’ve hosted sessions on creating a career plan and recruiter information to land the job you want. Coming soon, sessions will teach you how to use Google’s productivity tools, how to develop your problem-solving skills, and how to develop your negotiation skills. These sessions are already scheduled and can be found on the library events calendar on the website. More sessions will continue to be added based on the needs of our community.

Of course, the library has public computers accessible to all and the staff are more than capable of meeting all basic computer needs. If you need more assistance, you can make an appointment at the library and bring your own device for one-on-one assistance with a library staff member.

There are more resources available at the library, and our knowledgeable staff is here to help you with your needs, no matter which branch of the Adams County Library System you decide to visit.

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