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Everyone is Employable!

According to an article in Bloomberg Business Week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a record low national unemployment rate of 7.3 percent but one important reason for this drop is that “the participation rate fell to 63.2 percent the lowest since August 1978.” (The participation rate is the number of people either working or actively searching for work as a share of the working-age population.) Job seekers are discouraged, they don’t believe they can get a job, and are simply giving up the hunt. But at the Business and Job Center at Richland Library, we believe everyone is employable. This is a bold statement and here is how it can become your reality:

Everyone is Employable is a Mindset: As you think and believe, so you act. If you don’t believe you are an asset to employers, you won’t be able to convince anyone to hire you. Whether you are recent college graduate unable to find a job in your chosen field or a 55-year-old worker who was just laid off or a professional that just saw your industry implode, believing you are somehow unemployable, unworthy, or unusable is an easy trap to fall into, but resist! Believe in yourself and your ability to gain fulfilling employment.

Becoming Employable Takes a Village: We are in the toughest job market of our time; you cannot navigate it alone. Take advantage of the free services and support offered at Richland Library, SC Works, Goodwill Job Connections, and other local agencies and community groups. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results right away, stay in the game and keep moving forward.

Identify Your Barrier to Employment: We all have them – barriers that keep us from getting the job of our choice. A barrier can be anything from a lack of confidence to a lack of education (whether it is your high school diploma or the appropriate Masters) to a lack of updated skills.

Get What You Need to Overcome Your Barriers: Once you know what you are lacking and where you need to improve, you can tackle your barriers to employment one layer at a time. Remember, it is a process…it doesn’t happen overnight. The Business and Job Center can help you identify the best ways to get the training and resources you need to improve your skills and present yourself in a way that is appealing to employers.

Join us this Thursday, February 6, from 12:00-1:00, in the Business and Job Center to learn more about how Everyone is Employable!


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