Rebecca Teasdale Reaching Forward April 30, 2010 www.slideshare.net/reachingforward2010 Getting Back to Work: Serving Job Seekers in Your Community
Getting Back to Work Yes, librarians still check out books and collect fines. But they also help patrons with online applications and job searches. They print documents, explain software programs, navigate unemployment sites, locate social services and buoy spirits. ..
Getting Back to Work Librarians have become the everyman's job counselors and computer instructors, and the libraries their career and business centers.
Britt Aamodt Commentary, MPR NewsQ Minnesota Public Radio
How Did We Get Here? www.flickr.com/photos/jeremypullen/2770819302
How Did We Get Here? Recession officially began December 2007 Unemployment rate started to climb in 2008 Appears to have peaked in late 2009 Highest levels in 27 years
How Did We Get Here? National Unemployment Rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics
How Did We Get Here? Unemployment rate, March 2010 : Illinois = 11.7% Cook County = 11.3% DuPage County = 9.2% Lake County = 13.0% Kane County = 12.2% McHenry County = 11.3% Illinois Department of Employment Security
How Did We Get Here? Low skill and high skill workers New workers and mid-career workers All segments of economy Veterans and people with disabilities
How Did We Get Here? Library use has risen 23% during recession 62% of public libraries consider job search assistance as “critical” to the library’s mission
How Can Libraries Help? www.flickr.com/photos/anthonylibrarian/2498319970
Provide job hunting resources Job search guides
Provide job hunting resources Books on resumes, cover letters and interviewing
Provide job hunting resources Books about careers and changing careers
Provide job hunting resources Free websites Sites to search jobs openings Resume and cover letter sites Sites about interviewing Career and career transition sites Sites for company research Online subscription products
#2Serve as job search central www.flickr.com/photos/prasan-naik/356299634
Serve as job search central Computers, computers, computers! Online job postings have replaced the newspaper Entry-level jobs require online applications Networking is happening via LinkedIn Many people are cutting home Internet service Computer help
Serve as job search central Job skill training Computer skills English for employment Information and referral Department of Economic Security workNet Centers Job clubs Employment counselors Job fairs
Serve as job search central A place to “be” Quiet (ish) space to work Free gathering spot Place to take a break Atmosphere of welcome and respect
#3Make it easy www.flickr.com/photos/katieharbath/4249809778
Make it easy Gather resources together – physically and virtually Use language that makes sense Brand it!
But What About Us? www.flickr.com/photos/kingstonlibrary/4540133650
But What About Us? Libraries are busier than ever Our revenue is shrinking Helping job seekers is stressful
But What About Us? Start with what you already offer Look for community partners Take good care of yourself and each other
But What About Us? It's like the new normal to have social work be part of being a librarian. Sometimes as a librarian you feel like you're throwing out a life preserver to a person ... they are often at the edge of an abyss. -- Kim Poole Hennepin County Library Morning Edition, NPR
But What About Us? Learn about the job search process Identify community resources Understand what you can do and what you can’t do
But What About Us? Try not to take it personally Try not to take it home Celebrate your successes!