Job seminars slated

PARKERSBURG – Area residents looking for help landing a job will soon be able to get help through job development seminars at the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library.

On March 18-19, the library will host four one-hour classes designed to help individuals in their job search, said Brian Raitz, executive director of the library.

“I’m glad that we are able to hold this program since we are a public gathering place with the Internet facilities to do it,” Raitz said.

The seminars being held at the library, located at 3100 Emerson Ave., will include resume writing and interviewing skills as well as Internet use and introduction to web design.

The first two classes will be held on March 18 with resume writing from 11 a.m. to noon, which will help those in attendance develop, format and draft a professional resume.

Volunteers will review resumes and cover letters and offer suggestions for improvement.

Those in attendance of this resume course are asked to bring a copy of their resume and cover letter.

Interview skills seminar will be from 2 to 3 p.m. following the resume program and will help people prepare for and successfully sell themselves in a job interview. Volunteers will help answer questions and help practice skills covered in the course.

March 19 will host the courses on Internet use from 11 a.m. to noon and introduction to web design from 2 to 3 p.m.

Internet use will show those in attendance the basics of Internet use and how to access online resources available through the West Virginia Learning Express Library Portal. Volunteers will also be on hand to provide specific directions and aid attendees using library computers.

The seminar on web design will teach the basics of website design with an introduction to online tools that allow people to easily create a free website. Volunteers will provide direction to attendees using library computers.

“These classes are great opportunities for the library to help members of the community address these issues in an in-depth way,” Raitz said.

Supplemental information about these four seminars will be available through the Learning Express Library and E-Books available through the WV READS E-Book consortium, both of which are free to participants with an active local library card.

These seminars are free and open to the public through a partnership with the Community Connect Foundation, in partnership with the WV Library Commission and the West Virginia Association of Counties.

Space for these seminars is limited and registration is required, Raitz said.

“We would love to fill the library, but just don’t have the resources,” he said. The classes are limited to 30 people each.

To register or to find out more, contact the library at 304-420-4587.