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Boston Public Library hosts day of workshops for job seekers

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  September 28, 2012 01:39 PM

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The Boston Public Library is hosting a career services open house to aid job seekers with resumes, job searches, and online tools.

The library’s main branch in Copley Square is set to offer a day of courses, demonstrations, and resume guidance Saturday in its Kirstein Business Library.

The hour-long programs that begin at 11 a.m. include demonstrations that focus on interview skills, creating a LinkedIn account and, job searching or creating a resume using Career Transitions, the online resource created by Gale/Cengage Learning and available to all Boston Public Library card holders.

Merri Lavine of Artful Resume Service will also be available from 12 to 3 p.m. to review resumes. Lavine will schedule 20-minute individual resume critiques on a first-come, first-served basis.

The library, which offers regular workshops throughout the week, is also offering more career and job training through October to help those looking to change careers or looking for work.

Unemployment hung at 6.6 percent in Boston for the month August, according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Develop. That’s slightly above the state’s unemployment rate, which inched to 6.3 percent in August from 6.1 percent in July.

From 2010 to 2011, employment in Boston grew 2.2 percent with professional, scientific and technical service industries making the greatest contribution to the city’s job growth with 4,576 added jobs.

Food services and drinking places, health care, and education followed.

The library’s October workshops include instruction on how to search for jobs, create a resume, and prepare for an interview.
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