The Birmingham Public Library is holding Job Readiness Workshops

By Roy L. Williams

Birmingham Public Library

The BPL is offering help in the job search. (Olu Eletu, Unsplash)

Do your interviewing skills need improving? Is your resume outdated? Do you even know how to apply for a job online? Then make plans now to take advantage of two free Vocational Readiness workshops to be held at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham on Monday, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20, 2017. Both sessions will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Regional Library Computer Center, 4th floor.

Workshop presenter is Tina Thornton, a professional counselor and founder of Gem Kreations, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting those who have experienced adverse circumstances realize their full personal and professional potential.

During the Nov. 6 session, Thornton will provide a free individual assessment of professional goals/skills to help attendees find the best job fit. The information is timely for both first-time job seekers and adults re-entering the job market or contemplating a career change.

The classes continue a Vocational Readiness series Thornton held at the Central Library between July and September. Space is limited so register in advance by contacting Jim Murray, head of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department, at 205-226-3691 or via email at jmurray@bham.lib.al.us.

Each workshop will cover different parts of the job searching process, but participants are encouraged to attend both because the second workshop builds on the content presented in the first.

Here are the descriptions of the workshops:

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop / Resume Builder

Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop provides an individual assessment of personal and professional goals, aspirations, and skills to help determine your best job fit. 1st Friday of each month

Resume Builder is designed to assist individuals with creating an effective resume that will function as a powerful tool in achieving gainful employment.

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

New Age Online Application Process / Interview Bootcamp 

New Age Online Application Process offers tips and suggestions to guide all job seekers in successfully completing online employment applications.

Interview Bootcamp teaches techniques to help you emphasize your skills, overcome objections, and build rapport with your job interviewer.

For more information about the workshops, contact Jim Murray of the Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at jmurray@bham.lib.al.us or by calling 205-226-3691.

Starting Your Own Business

The Central Library downtown will also hold its last Steps to Starting Your Business Seminar Scheduled for 2017 in November and December. The workshops are free to the public and will be held Monday, Nov. 6 at 12-1 p.m. at Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor.

Each seminar will cover the same topics, but those who are interested are welcome to attend more than one day. Topics covered will include crafting a vision statement, identifying sources of funding, determining the legal structure of your business, devising a business plan, and investigating sources of business and economic information. Please register for the seminars by contacting Andy Mayo in the Economic Development Office at Andy.Mayo@birminghamal.gov or 205-254-2774.

Read more about the workshops at the link below: https://bplolinenews.blogspot.com/2017/10/steps-to-starting-your-own-business.html