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The Richland Library Business and Job Center is making a difference, one career at a time. Whether seeking employment, advancing a career, or starting a small business, we offer a variety of career and skills related resources.

Our highly trained librarians and career coaches teach classes and provide one-on-one assistance.

 

The Business and Job Center

  • Due to upcoming renovations, the Business and Job Center will be temporarily relocated to the Second Level sometime between May 11 and June 7, 2015
  • Call 803.929.3401 for information
  • For a Career Coaching appointment call 803.231.6398 or 803.231.6339

Many of our resources can be accessed during library hours without an appointment for free. Our Career Coaches do require an appointment.

Classes and Events

Services

Computer Access: 18 designated computers for Job Seekers with 3-hours of access at a time. Guest passes are available for any job seeker without a library card.

Career Coaching: Certified Career Development Facilitators conduct one-on-one appointments with customers needing assistance with résumés, job applications, career assessments, job search and networking strategies, online presence (like LinkedIn), and much more.

Interview Practice: Trained staff offer customers constructive feedback and guidance during one-on-one mock interviews. Wednesdays at the Main library, 10am – 12noon, first come first served; no appointments necessary.

Classes: Check the Job Center calendar for upcoming FREE classes such as Interviewing Dos and Don’ts, Finding a Job Online, Social Networking for your Job Search or Business, Business Etiquette and Get LinkedIn.

Résumé Assistance: Get in person help from a knowledgeable pro:

  • Getting Your Résumé Started?  Come in to The Business and Jobs Center for basic assistance and help getting your resume started.
  • Refining your Résumé? Review your résumé with a Career Coach for assistance targeting and refining what you have already created.

Career …Encore!: This monthly support and networking group allows job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or changing careers an opportunity to share the challenges they face, obtain free resources and enhance networking opportunities in a supportive and empowering environment. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Main library, 10:00am in the Film & Sound.

Job Application Tip Sheets: Use these Tip Sheets to navigate the online application forms for various companies. These Tip Sheets were created by Business and Job Center Librarians and will provide you with step-by-step instructions.

Bland, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so very helpful to me by locating pictures of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson to send to someone who will paint portraits from them. The pictures that you selected were ideal for the purpose. Being severely handicapped as I am, I was especially appreciative of you having the pictures available for my scrutiny upon my arrival at the library. Thanks also for helping me enlarge the pictures to make things easier for the artist. I call the library for assistance quite often and am always delighted to secure your assistance. You are always extremely polite and competent. I truly believe that the Richland Library is extremely fortunate to have an individual of your remarkable stature in its employ. Thanks a million for all the great things you do. You’re appreciated more than you can know. - Tom
Ms. Dorsey – I greatly appreciate all your help and patience in finding and sending the obituaries that I requested and also, informing (me) of other resources that will increase my database of my ancestry research. I want to extend my praise of you to your library of your excellent service and that you are very knowledgeable and professional in your job. I hope the library has (more) staff and hires more people like you! Also, Ms. Dorsey, you don’t find too many people as helpful and polite as yourself these days. Greatfully appreciated. - Melinda
My job-searching confidence was really boosted in several ways: staff showed me excellent websites & databases to help me see beyond my current profession and instead focus on my transferrable skill set; she shared encouraging stories of career changers within my current profession and she provided me with a new roadmap for developing my résumé to highlight my skills not just where I’ve worked. This was wonderful guidance. I highly recommend the expertise of the Career Coaches here. - Angel
Amber, I wanted to take a moment and sincerely express my gratitude for your participation in USC's first annual Passport to Hire event. The student evaluations were extremely positive. Students mentioned how they learned so much in a two hour period and that they now feel more prepared and confident for their upcoming interview fair. Your advice on impactful interviewing was perfect and so needed. Last night's success would not have happened without your support. THANK YOU! - Star
My Career Specialist helped me through analysis and job information, work profiling, work values scores (assessment) and provided valuable insight into where I can go from here. Sylvie does great work and I look forward to moving forward by using the resources she has provided. - Jack
Faithfully, for 3 months, I utilized the Business and Job Center to look up jobs that were available in my field of Customer Service. I am so pleased to tell you that I was offered a position at DHL as a Customs Operations Support Clerk. I am super excited to use my talents and my new found information the Business and Job Center taught me to excel in this company. - Malita
Diane, thank you for taking time last Friday to give me a tour of the Business and Job Center. Your extensive knowledge and passion for your work was evident. I left the library with a deep appreciation for the broad scope of services that the Center provides for your clients. I wish you and the Center continued success in all your future endeavors. - Cindy
Ms. King - I just wanted to write you a quick and colossal THANK YOU! I got hired for what is pretty much my dream nursing job, and I firmly believe it had everything to do with my fine-tuned résumé. You helped me really sell myself to my full potential and let others see my job worth as well. I cannot thank you enough! Hope all is well. - Kristy
Awesome! Awesome! I truly enjoyed my session with Andrena. She is very knowledgeable and is good at what she does. I have a renewed energy from our discussion today. Andrena rocks! - Tamell
Diane – thank you for assisting to provide the information I needed. Finding someone familiar with locating the material is a miracle. You quickly navigated the system, which was crucial….Thank You. - Tommy
Jennifer - Just wanted to follow up with you about my job search. I was offered two jobs last week, at Trader Joes and at USC Special Events. I took the job with Special Events and I will start on Monday. Thank you to the Business and Job Center for helping me attain my employment goals. - Ryan
Andrena - I just wanted to update you and let you know I received job offers from the United Way and the Free Times. I'm finalizing my decision tomorrow, but I am most likely taking the Free Times position. Thanks for your help; I wouldn't have found the lead without our meeting! - Anton
Sheila is awesome! Sheila is a wonderful person. From the very moment I began looking for employment, she was there! She gave me all the resources that were available. Sheila encouraged me on the good days and the tough ones. - Carolyn
Andrena - thank you for all of your assistance with my job search. I am happy to report that I have a new job and will be starting soon. Because of all of your help with boosting my résumé, I am giving your name to a friend of mine who needs help reworking her résumé. - Lenora
My meeting with the Career Specialist was tremendously helpful! She gave me the tools I need to present my skills in a marketable way. She also gave me new insight to my skills and how they pertain to job happiness. I really appreciate the assistance. - Lisa
Thank you for opening up the library to people who are struggling. In just 3 days I was able to learn how to write a resume and cover letter and landed a job. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless. Also thanks to Kris, Elizabeth and Amanda. - J. Alex
I can do anything if I have the right tools. The Main Library and the one on Garner’s Ferry Road have helped me keep working and keep trying throughout my job struggle. Today was the first orientation day at my new job. Thank you! - Lucy
Want to personally thank you for all of your help, your individual time you spent on my résumé, and all your encouraging and inspirational words you offered. You really gave me hope for a positive outlook toward my future career. - Bonnie
Diane, I received the best assistance today than it ever was the last 18 years when I was accepted as (a) member of RCPL. I am very pleased with the services today and I want to be an active member of RCPL. - Madidian
Janet, Thank you so much for all your help! You always go the extra mile and give more than you’re asked. It means a lot and I’m grateful! - Tut
Your staff is outstanding! They are kind, very helpful and patient with library patrons who don’t have much experience using the computers. - Mark
Andrena helped me re-do my résumé and it looks great! I didn’t know that the library had such service. I think a lot more people/job seekers would really benefit from it. - Ann
The services today (were) awesome. I’m really looking toward working with y’all more in the future. It was very good and (I) really enjoyed myself today. Diane was very helpful to me. - Christopher
I think this library and your staff are wonderful. I came in to make a copy of my résumé to apply for a job. I am (not good) with computers. Kris was so helpful, kind and understanding. - Lesalle
With the Business Center's use of computers and staff assistance, I have landed a temporary job! Hope it leads to a full-time opportunity. Thanks to Kris, Sylvie, Diane and others. - Garry
Diane - when I came in, I was truly lost but thanks to these wonderful ladies, they made my tasks so easy and I wasn't stressed about using the computer. THANK YOU SO MUCH! - Latonia
Iris, Thank you for your help finding employment (résumé assistance and online job application). I’m now employed at Jillian’s Restaurant in the Vista. - William
I cannot count the # of ways or times someone has helped me through moments of frustration with different job applications on the computer. Thank you all very much. - Wilbert
Diane - The services and opportunities for employment and careers are incredible. Dedication to helping someone help themselves is a blessing in the community. - Hank
Your resources for assistance that enable clients to secure job(s) are outstanding. You keep current with technology that is very beneficial to your clientele. - Marion
The use of your job search facility (Business and Job Center) was outstanding! Your library staff were extremely helpful and encouraging - especially Sheila. - Walter
I used the library Business and Job Center to search, apply, do assessments, print résumé copies all in an effort with being hired to work for Time Warner. - April
Kudos to Kris (tall, slender, glasses) as a library staff member – he’s always consistent in his even-keel mood, faithful and always aims to please! - Warren
Iris and Kris were wonderful, very helpful, took their time to make sure I had what I needed to perform my school work…very friendly, knowledgeable. - Angela
I am very happy with your services in the library. Everybody gave me a hand. Kris took his time with me. I got a good job with his time (help). - Henry
The Richland Library has helped by providing relevant info about job search, résumé and interviewing. It’s relevant for job seekers, too. - Clifford
I interviewed with Chris Barstow twice. He also helped with my job resume. I was offered two jobs from different state agencies. Thanks! - Delores
Just simply wonderful. Had problem with resume. Librarian Diane took her time (helping me). Thank the Lord for people like her. - Carlotta
Kris helped me fill out an application to McDonalds yesterday and I got the job today! He was very helpful. I appreciate it a lot. - Natalie
The resources here are great and very helpful. The staff is excellent and also very helpful. They are very kind as well. - Jamel
Diane, kind and extremely helpful. - Joel
This library is amazing. I’m really impressed and inspired by all of the services the Richland Library offers. - Angela
Diane, everything was perfect. (You were) very patient. I now know how to build a résumé the correct way. - Kendra
It helped me clarify what particular things I need to work on to become Interview Ready. Great resource! - Chanelle
Amber, I wanted to thank you again for writing that letter of recommendation. I got the job! Woohoo! - Megan
I think it’s wonderful what the Library is offering to the public for careers. - Vicki
Diane is great. Very pleasant and very encouraging. She deserves great praise! God Bless. - Peter
Mr. Kris, thanks for all the help. Learned a lot! - Broderick
Sylvie Golod was extremely helpful in assisting my client with résumé development. - Fran
It was great. They really helped me out with a smile. Thank you Ms. Iris and Kris. - Jerri
Really good staff. Safari Tech Books (Database) are really good and useful. - Jatin
With the help of the Job Center staff, I was able to land two jobs I enjoy. - Kara
The best card that I’ve got since I’ve retired is my library card! - A.J.M.
Helped me with making a résumé and how to make everything better! - DeVanté
Ms. Diane…was so helpful to me in making my résumé. - Troy
Great staff, very cordial and helpful. - Emmit

If you have any questions please call us at 803.929.3401, or stop by Richland Library Main.