People looking to sharpen their rsums or interview skills can attend one of two upcoming events at the Bexley Public Library.

People looking to sharpen their rsums or interview skills can attend one of two upcoming events at the Bexley Public Library.

The Bexley library, in conjunction with other central Ohio library systems, will offer one-on-one rsum assistance on "Job Help Day @ Your Library" from 1 to 3 p.m. March 18. A career counselor will review rsums and offer feedback.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11, the Bexley library will host "Effective Interviewing," a workshop offering skills on presenting background information, turning past experiences into benefits and avoiding introducing negative information. The workshop will be held in the library auditorium, 2411 E. Main St.

Chris Atzberger, head of reference at the Bexley library, said participating Franklin County libraries in the job help sessions include Columbus, Grandview Heights, Southwest, Upper Arlington and Worthington. This is the first time Bexley has been involved.

"We see a need in the community to provide job help assistance," Atzberger said. "We wanted to be part of this bigger effort."

Atzberger said some of those libraries participated in a job help day in September, but Bexley was not involved. She said interim director Susan Studebaker has been focused on providing customer service, and this falls in line with that goal.

When library officials were promoting the levy last fall, they listened to community members about which programs they wanted, and residents expressed an interest in job resources, Studebaker said.

Ruth McNeil, Upper Arlington Public Library communications manager, said the local library collaboration held its first event in September. It started meeting in March 2009 and discovered it had a wealth of job readiness materials.

"We decided to pull all of our resources together in a one-day public awareness campaign effort which became 'job help day at the library,' " she said. "We are excited to have Bexley be part of the collaboration."

McNeil said libraries serve as a free and accessible resource for knowledge, information and lifelong learning.

"When the economy turned and many Ohioans became unemployed they found themselves in need of finding new jobs or developing new skills," McNeil said.

The March 18 event is open to participants outside Bexley and registration is required by calling 231-8795. The event is geared for everyone from college graduates to people who already have a rsum but want to earn more interviews, Atzberger said.

The Feb. 11 workshop will allow participants to sharpen interview skills, Atzberger said. The event is open to everyone -- from people out of work to those who are employed but want to brush up on their interview skills.

"We really want to reach out to the community in many ways," Atzberger said.