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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Need help getting a job?

Don't miss the programs scheduled at Kanawha County Public Libraries (KCPL)
this April through August

Throughout the spring and summer KCPL will be hosting a series of programs geared toward helping you land a job during the current economic downturn.

Creating a Resume

Main Library · 304-343-4646
Wednesday, April 29, 9 a.m. - noon
Thursday, April 30, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.Thursday, July 23, 2 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dunbar Branch Library · 304-766-7161
Friday, May 8, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, May 8, 1 - 3 p.m.

One of the most crucial tools for a job search is a professional looking resume. Create and format your own resume using Microsoft Word for Windows. Participants should be able to type and operate a mouse with relative ease. Bring a list of your previous employers, former job titles, dates of employment and educational history (names of schools and dates of attendance). This class does not include resume coaching or critiques of existing resumes – it is strictly for the creation of new resumes. You will leave with an electronic version of your resume, ready for printing. Main Library sessions are limited to eight; Dunbar Library sessions are limited to five. Registration required.

Marketing Yourself in the New Economy

Main Library · 304-343-4646, John V. Ray Room
Monday, May 4, noon

When you are looking for a new job, knowing how to market yourself to prospective employers is essential. Jane Smith of Career Consulting Services will help you identify the key areas on which to focus. They include identifying your skills and goals, how to network and more. Smith has more than thirty years experience helping people make career changes, whether by choice or necessity. Marketing yourself is an essential skill to acquire to make those changes. Let her point you in the right direction. Registration required.

Job Interviewing Basics

Cross Lanes Branch Library · 304-776-5999
Thursday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.Riverside Public Library · 304-949-2400
Monday, May 11, 6 p.m.Sissonville Branch Library · 304-984-2244
Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m.

Learn how to put your best foot forward when interviewing for a job. This program is designed for those who are new to the job market or are hoping to re-enter the job market. Stan Wilson of Workforce West Virginia will help you prepare for your interview by giving you tips on answering interview questions, the do’s and don’ts of proper interviewing etiquette, and important steps to take after the interview that are often neglected by job applicants.

Polish Your Resume with Expert Help

Main Library · 304-343-4646, Technology Center
Tuesday, May 12, 2 - 4 p.m.

In today’s competitive job market, your resume can make the difference between getting your foot in the door for that all-important interview or being overlooked. Bring your resume to the library and let a professional help you fine tune yours. Assistance will be provided by Ron Huiatt, who has managed public and private mental health, education, arts and social service programs for more than 30 years. As a professional fund-raiser during most of that time, he has led initiatives which have raised more than $135 million for organizations from Ohio to South Carolina, including the Clay Center and Mountain State University in West Virginia. Call the Reference Department to make an appointment.

Jump-Start Your Job Search

Main Library · 304-343-4646, John V. Ray Room
Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m. – noon

If you’re looking for a job, the library is here to help. Sign up for this workshop presented by a representative of the Workforce Investment Board of Kanawha County. You’ll learn important tips about resume preparation and job skills.
Registration required.
For more information, please call Kanawha County Public Libraries 304.343.4646 or visit their website at


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