Cleveland Public Library is Making the Impossible Achievable
Today, most companies seeking to hire new employees require job-seekers to apply for positions on-line. The person applying must navigate a website, upload a digital copy of their resume, and have an e-mail address. Imagine what going through this process means to someone who is not computer savvy or simply does not own a computer at home? Finding a job without access to a computer, Internet, and e-mail can be nearly impossible, but, with the help of the staff of the Collinwood Branch at Cleveland Public Library and access to their public computers, patrons are turning the impossible into something achievable.
Recently, patrons, utilizing the computers and staff of the Collinwood Public library, have landed jobs in the retail and healthcare fields. The patron (she wishes to remain anonymous) who was hired in the healthcare field said, “The Collinwood Library has helped me tremendously in finding employment. I was skeptical looking for employment on-line. I needed help. I found that help at the library.”
The Collinwood Branch of the Cleveland Public Library is equipped with sixteen computers that are available for patron use. Each of the computers is furnished with resume creating software that makes the process of writing a resume easy. Another valuable tool for a patron looking for a job is a database called ReferenceUSA. The database is available on the Cleveland Public Library’s website, www.cpl.org. Job hunters using the database have the ability to hone their searches by company name, job type, location, keyword, and salary. Also, job seekers can search for job based on the job’s age; that is, a patron can search for jobs posted in the last twenty-four hours.
Most importantly, the staff of the library is always available to guide job-seekers through the task of creating an e-mail address, filling out an application on-line, employment related databases, and creating a resume.