Every day, public libraries are helping people find jobs.
Whether it is providing access to online job search databases or offering meeting and study space to adults furthering their education, the library is a resource for patrons pursuing new work opportunities or career advancement.
All of Southwest Public Libraries' public computers feature WinWay Resume, a resume template program that allows applicants to plug in their information into the proper format. The computers also have Microsoft Office, which has similar templates.
Learning Express Library, available through the library's website, swpl.org, provides practice material for basic civil service tests and other career certification tests in several fields, including health care, air traffic control, cosmetology, firefighting, law enforcement and more. Learning Express Library also offers a Computer Skills Center where individuals can learn the basics about computers, the internet and common software tools needed in the modern workplace.
Recently, Southwest Public Libraries began offering a new workforce development tool: AtoZdatabases.
AtoZdatabases is a reference and marketing database, also offered through the library's website, that contains reference data for job seekers, small-business owners, entrepreneurs, students, marketing researchers, career counselors and others who would benefit from having access to information on businesses, households and jobs across the United States. It is designed to be simple and user-friendly and can be downloaded free as an iPad or iPhone app.
AtoZdatabases contains listings for 30 million businesses and executives, 7 million jobs, 2 million new businesses, 220 million residents and 7.9 million health-care professionals. Users can search by name, city, state and ZIP code.
For the job search, users can also look for full-time and part-time jobs, contract work, temporary employment or internships. This information, according to AtoZdatabases' website, is also ideal for conducting market research, assembling mailing lists and sales leads, and finding friends and relatives.
AtoZdatabases includes additional features for potential job applicants, such as resume templates and tips for cover letters. It also has videos covering a wide range of topics, including how to conduct a job interview, search for a business and best use of the database.
The Grove City Library Reference Department plans to hold an informational session on AtoZdatabases during Summer Reading Club, which is just around the corner. Stay tuned for the date, as well as additional information about Summer Reading Club. This year's theme is "Build a Better World."
Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.