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Getting back to work

  1. 1. Rebecca Teasdale<br />Reaching Forward<br />April 30, 2010<br />www.slideshare.net/reachingforward2010<br />Getting Back to Work: Serving Job Seekers in Your Community<br />
  2. 2. Getting Back to Work<br />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. ..<br /> <br />
  3. 3. Getting Back to Work<br />Librarians have become the everyman's job counselors and computer instructors, and the libraries their career and business centers.<br /> <br />Britt Aamodt<br />Commentary, MPR NewsQ<br />Minnesota Public Radio<br />
  4. 4. How Did We Get Here?<br />www.flickr.com/photos/jeremypullen/2770819302<br />
  5. 5. How Did We Get Here?<br />Recession officially began December 2007<br />Unemployment rate started to climb in 2008<br />Appears to have peaked in late 2009<br />Highest levels in 27 years<br />
  6. 6. How Did We Get Here?<br />National Unemployment Rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics<br />
  7. 7. How Did We Get Here?<br />Unemployment rate, March 2010 :<br />Illinois = 11.7%<br />Cook County = 11.3%<br />DuPage County = 9.2%<br />Lake County = 13.0%<br />Kane County = 12.2%<br />McHenry County = 11.3%<br />Illinois Department of Employment Security<br />
  8. 8. How Did We Get Here?<br />Low skill and high skill workers<br />New workers and mid-career workers<br />All segments of economy<br />Veterans and people with disabilities<br />
  9. 9. How Did We Get Here?<br />Library use has risen 23% during recession<br />62% of public libraries consider job search assistance as “critical” to the library’s mission<br />
  10. 10. How Can Libraries Help?<br />www.flickr.com/photos/anthonylibrarian/2498319970<br />
  11. 11. #1Provide job hunting resources<br />www.flickr.com/photos/paige_eliz/4350115446<br />
  12. 12. Provide job hunting resources<br />Job search guides<br />
  13. 13. Provide job hunting resources<br />Books on resumes, cover letters and interviewing<br />
  14. 14. Provide job hunting resources<br />Books about careers <br /> and changing careers<br />
  15. 15. Provide job hunting resources<br />Free websites<br />Sites to search jobs openings<br />Resume and cover letter sites<br />Sites about interviewing<br />Career and career transition sites<br />Sites for company research<br />Online subscription products<br />
  16. 16. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  17. 17. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  18. 18. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  19. 19. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  20. 20. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  21. 21. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  22. 22. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  23. 23. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  24. 24. Provide job hunting resources<br />
  25. 25. #2Serve as job search central<br />www.flickr.com/photos/prasan-naik/356299634<br />
  26. 26. Serve as job search central<br />Computers, computers, computers!<br />Online job postings have replaced the newspaper<br />Entry-level jobs require online applications<br />Networking is happening via LinkedIn<br />Many people are cutting home Internet service<br />Computer help<br />
  27. 27. Serve as job search central<br />
  28. 28. Serve as job search central<br />
  29. 29. Serve as job search central<br />
  30. 30. Serve as job search central<br />Job skill training<br />Computer skills<br />English for employment<br />Information and referral<br />Department of Economic Security<br />workNet Centers<br />Job clubs<br />Employment counselors<br />Job fairs<br />
  31. 31. Serve as job search central<br />A place to “be”<br />Quiet (ish) space to work<br />Free gathering spot<br />Place to take a break<br />Atmosphere of welcome and respect<br />
  32. 32. #3Make it easy<br />www.flickr.com/photos/katieharbath/4249809778<br />
  33. 33. Make it easy<br />Gather resources together – physically and virtually<br />Use language that makes sense<br />Brand it!<br />
  34. 34. Make it easy<br />
  35. 35. Make it easy<br />
  36. 36. Make it easy<br />www.flickr.com/photos/utopianbranch/3479256163<br />
  37. 37. Make it easy<br />
  38. 38. Make it easy<br />
  39. 39. Make it easy<br />www.flickr.com/photos/topekalibrary/3348784725<br />
  40. 40. Make it easy<br />www.tscpl.org/guides/comments/library_stimulus_package_provides_job_search_information<br />
  41. 41. Make it easy<br />
  42. 42. #4Provide access to experts<br />www.flickr.com/photos/mskeet/4114956358<br />
  43. 43. Provide access to experts<br />Referrals to employment counselors<br />Job search assistance at the library<br />Resume help<br />Job search strategy workshops<br />Mock interview sessions<br />
  44. 44. Provide access to experts<br />
  45. 45. Provide access to experts<br />
  46. 46. Provide access to experts<br />
  47. 47. Provide access to experts<br />
  48. 48. Provide access to experts<br />
  49. 49. #5Address related needs<br />www.flickr.com/photos/danielygo/2051810786<br />
  50. 50. Address related needs<br />Money management support<br />Emergency assistance<br />Mortgage help<br />Health care assistance<br />Counseling services<br />Legal help<br />Crisis services<br />
  51. 51. Address related needs<br />
  52. 52. Address related needs<br />
  53. 53. Address related needs<br />
  54. 54. Address related needs<br />
  55. 55. Address related needs<br />
  56. 56. But What About Us?<br />www.flickr.com/photos/kingstonlibrary/4540133650<br />
  57. 57. But What About Us?<br />Libraries are busier than ever<br />Our revenue is shrinking<br />Helping job seekers is stressful<br />
  58. 58. But What About Us?<br />Start with what you already offer<br />Look for community partners<br />Take good care of yourself and each other<br />
  59. 59. But What About Us?<br />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.<br /> -- Kim Poole<br />Hennepin County Library<br />Morning Edition, NPR<br />
  60. 60. But What About Us?<br />Learn about the job search process<br />Identify community resources<br />Understand what you can do and what you can’t do<br />
  61. 61. But What About Us?<br />Try not to take it personally<br />Try not to take it home<br />Celebrate your successes!<br />
  62. 62. Rebecca Teasdale<br />rteasdale@stdl.org<br />847.923.3326 <br />www.slideshare.net/reachingforward2010<br />Thank You!<br />

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