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Looking For Work? Your Local Library Can Help

Stephanie Ralph
Grand County Libraries
Grand County, CO Colorado

However you call it: downsizing, restructuring, or being laid off, the net result is the same – you are out of a job. Even though many Americans are in the same boat, the personal experience can be isolating and disorienting. There is a reason that job loss is rated as one of the major causes of stress in life, along with death of a loved one.

The library offers some valuable resources as you start the process of defining new directions and pursuing alternative job opportunities. Your first step may be to review, update or create your resume. The library’s public computers found at the five branches of the Library District in Fraser, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby and Grand Lake provide resume writing templates and tools. The free internet access is essential in researching job opportunities and making online applications. At all the branches, librarians are available to answer your questions and assist with the process. Need help developing computer skills? The Granby Library offers one-on-one support and small group computer classes. In May, these will be held every Thursday from 10-11a.m. Call 887-2149 for more details and speak to Adult Services Librarian, Julie Horn. The Hot Sulphur Springs library branch provides a Computer Learning Center. These self-paced tutorial CDs start with computer basics for the beginner and progress the user through to training sessions for the advance learner. For more information on these programs, library hours or additional questions go to the library website at http://www.gcld.org or call your local branch.

The library shelves are loaded with books, audio CDs and videos which provide helpful information and motivation as well as opportunities for improving or developing skills. Horn suggests “America’s Cheapest Family Gets you Right on the Money: your guide to living better, spending less and cashing in on your dreams” by Steve and Annette Economides. If you are a visual learner, the Fraser Valley Library houses the DVD “Create a powerful resume: learn 7 key components of writing a perfect resume.” You may want to increase your chances of acing the all important job interview by watching “The Virtual Job Interview” found in the Kremmling Library. With a Grand County Library District library card, all library materials and titles can be requested from the library website at http://www.gcld.org. They will be delivered to your local branch for pick up within a few short days. If you are in the library, ask a librarian to help you search out and find what you need. No library card, no problem. Come to any Grand County library branch with photo ID and proof of local address to receive a free library card.

Explore further opportunities at the Colorado Workforce Center in Granby. Swing by and visit with the staff. They ready to help with answers to your job related questions. The workforce has unlimited, free access to computers, fax machines and phone lines as well as training and assistance in resume writing and job searches. While you are there, find out how to qualify for free training opportunities and computer classes. For more information, or to start using Colorado Workforce resources, call in at their Granby office on 469 East Topaz Avenue, or phone 887-1857 for further details.

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