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If You Find Yourself Unemployed...
Quick tips from Richland Library Career Specialist, Sylvie Golod.

  • Don’t make any hasty decisions.
    Allow yourself time to process what has just occurred. This is not the time to run out and apply for any and every job, which will just heighten the anxiety you are feeling.
  • Do take care of yourself.
    Exercise, get plenty of rest, and eat nutritionally.
  • Don’t go it alone, because you are not alone.
    Surround yourself with positive, empowering people. Join a support and networking group for job seekers, such as Career…Encore! There you will find access to plenty of workforce development resources as well as guidance to assist you in the employment process.
  • Do volunteer.
    This gets you out into the community, establishes a routine, allows you to maintain your skills plus gain new ones; best of all, it can be added to your résumé as “present” work experience above your previous employment!
  • Do schedule an appointment with a Certified Career Coach. You are in training to pursue a new opportunity and you want to stay on track and motivated.
  • Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Take this time to expand your knowledge, skills, and abilities through free online courses offered through resources such as Lynda.com (accessible with your Richland Library card), Coursera, and Skillshare. Lynda.com even features a course on “Recovering from a Layoff.”
  • Four Ways the Library Can Help Job Seekers:

    1. Meet with Certified Career Development Facilitators at our Main, North Main, and Sandhills libraries for one-on-one assistance with résumés, job applications, career assessments, job search and networking strategies, online presence, and much more. To schedule an appointment at Main, call 231-6339 or 231-6398. Contact North Main at 754-7734 and Sandhills at 699-9230.
    2. Interview Practice
      Trained staff offer customers constructive feedback and guidance during one-on-one practice interviews on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Main, 10:00 a.m. – noon, first come, first served; no appointment necessary.
    3. Basic Résumé Help with Career Coaches
      Meet with two Career Coaches for an assessment of your résumé on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Main, 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m., first come, first served; no appointment necessary.
    4. Online Resources:
      Access these resources at any time, from anywhere, with your library card:
  • Career Cruising – features skills/interest assessment tools, education/financial aid links, and detailed information on hundreds of careers, including average salaries and education requirements.
  • EbscoHost Vocational and Career Collection – access articles from hundreds of trade and industry magazines to become a more-informed job seeker.
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center – provides information on nearly 3,400 jobs and 94 industries, lists the most in-demand jobs and fastest-growing employment sectors, and much more.
  • Lynda.com – Learn new job skills with more than 3,500 web-based video courses and tutorials.
  • ReferenceUSA – use this business directory with more than 15 million verified business listings to find information on companies you’re interested in working for. Also links to Indeed.com to provide 2.5 million job postings.
  • Resources & Job Fairs:
    Keep track of community resources and job fairs with the following links.

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