Get Career Assistance at Your Library

If you lost your job, recently graduated, want better employment, or are thinking about starting your own business, you’ll find valuable resources about finding employment and starting a business at your library.

If you need assistance with any of these resources, please visit with one of our librarians.

Optimal Resume

> It’s been so long since I’ve written a resumé. Help!
At the Columbia Public Library, you can take the Write an Optimal Resumé class or come in for Online Job Application Assistance on Monday evenings 6:30–8:30 p.m. and Tuesday mornings 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Optimal Resumé gives you a suite of self-directed career tools for creating resumés, cover letters, portfolios and video introductions.

> I need to brush up on my computer skills.
With the help of self-guided computer tutorials, you can brush up on your skills or gain basic computer knowledge. Other introductory classes are also available and vary by location.

> I have to apply for jobs online, but can’t do it at home.
If you still have dial-up or no Internet connection where you live, your library can hook you up. All three of the Daniel Boone Regional libraries in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton allow you to use computers with Internet access (time limits apply). Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint are installed on each machine. Also, all three libraries have free Wi-Fi service for laptop users.

> Where can I find job listings?
Visit our Employment Subject Guide for a long list of links to job listings, career information and other employment assistance.

> I have to take a test before I can get the job, and I want to prepare for it.
Through the Learning Express Library service, you can use online test preparation materials for the ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, PPST, Real Estate, SAT, United States Citizenship test and more.

Business subject guide

> I’m thinking about starting my own business. How do I get started?
Both the Small Business Resource Center database and the Business Subject Guide include information on starting and operating a business, including specific topics such as accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes and business plans.

> I think I’d have a better chance of being hired if I knew a second language.
Byki (Before You Know It) gives you the tools to learn any of 70 languages as well as English for non-native speakers.

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