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Library can help job seekers stay ahead in a tough economy

Mallery Choiniere
Special to the Sky-Hi News

For longer than I care to admit, I was unemployed. And, if you are in-between jobs you know how hard it is to stay motivated.

Fortunately, I have found gainful employment and have learned some tips and tricks during along the way to help the job search process.

While looking at the classifieds and applying for a dozen jobs online everyday, there are other things you can be doing to improve your chances of employment. Follow the tips below and you can keep your mind sharp, get to know your community better and rework that tired resume.

Universal Class

Universal Class is a great new online program that the Grand County Library District is offering to Library members for FREE. Starting Aug. 1, you have the opportunity to continue your education by using this online university program. With more than 500 classes and the usual cost ranging from $70-$130 per class, it is an opportunity worth your time.

To sign up for Universal Class, all you need to do is be a member of the library (it takes about five minutes to sign up), and then check it out online at If you don’t have access to a computer or internet at home, head to the Library to use one of theirs. For a sneak peek at the program, check out

Stephanie Ralph of the Grand County Library District introduced this program to county libraries because she has seen the success of the program in other rural communities. Thanks to the Grand County Library Foundation and the various gift funds, the library will be offering Universal Class free of charge for one year and then re-evaluate to see how the program is being used in Grand County.

“Although the coursework is not recognized by universities or high schools, it is a serious effort to further your education” Ralph says.

The subjects range from Accounting to Spiritual Studies and everything in-between. Once signed up for a course, you have six months to complete it. Just like any type of schooling there are assignments and an instructor who is available to answer questions via email. Depending on the course you sign up for, the length and difficulty will vary.

Everyone can benefit from Universal Class; from adding skills to your resume, improving your business, or by using the classes for employee training. Ralph, a strong believer in the program recommends, “Make a commitment to yourself and get something out of it. It not only keeps your mind active, but builds self esteem.”


Another great way to get yourself out there is by volunteering. Being involved in your community will not only keep you active, but will dramatically increase your networking opportunities. There are several organizations that need your help, and by offering a small amount of your time, you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Volunteer Opportunities

Granby Chamber of Commerce: Help with events or be apart of the Chamber Committees and Main Street Programs 970.887.2311.

The Granby Enterprise Initiative Board: Want to be apart of movers and shakers within the Granby community helping entrepreneurs succeed? Contact Patrick Brower, The Enterprise Facilitator for details 970.531.0632

The Granby Library: Re-shelve books or help out with children’s programs 970.887.2149

Most job applications are sent via email these days, and it is important to have an attractive, easy-to-read resume. There are plenty of services out there that will whip your resume into shape for a fee, but you can also take inspiration from these sites and design your own for free. also added their new ‘Job Center’ online which is a good source for information that will give you a good idea of what potential employers are looking for on a resume. And don’t forget to add your continuing education and volunteering hours. You may be unemployed, but working during your down time shows your responsibility and your work ethic.

Good luck.

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