The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the U.S. economy, with unemployment rates higher than any period since World War II. If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for work this summer, check out what your local library has to offer—even without leaving your home, you can access a vast array of free career development resources online.
Audiobooks and eBooks
Libraries offer wide-ranging collections of books that can help with your job search, from guides about interviewing and negotiating to industry-specific texts to help you stay at the cutting edge of your field. While you may not be able to visit your library in person to check out a physical copy during the pandemic, check to see if you can download free eBooks or audiobooks from your library online.
Many libraries have extensive online guides for job seekers in their communities, including lists of state and local employment agencies that can help you start a search in your area—visit your library’s website to see what resources they have available. You can also find information about applying for unemployment or other economic relief with help from your library.
Your library card may grant you free access to extensive online databases to help you navigate job searching or running a small business, including guides to different career paths, searchable company profiles, and sample business plans. Visit your library’s website to see what databases they have available.
Online Courses and Tutorials
If you’re hoping to add new skills to your resume, take an online cover letter-writing class, or prepare for a professional certification exam, your library may offer access to virtual trainings to help you achieve your goals. These online learning opportunities can help you enhance your job prospects while staying safely at home during the pandemic.
Workshops and Programs
Libraries have long offered in-person career assistance, from group workshops to one-on-one coaching. While the COVID-19 crisis has put these face-to-face services on hold, many libraries are still offering professional development opportunities remotely. Check online to see if your library has upcoming virtual events for job seekers or a service where you can ask employment questions over the phone.
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