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Jobs found with help of library program top 100

Published 4:44 pm, Thursday, June 12, 2014
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More than 100 people have secured jobs in the past 30 months after participating in an ongoing series of workshops and support programs for job seekers at the Fairfiedd Public Library, the library announced.

Since the library began tracking data in January 2012, 102 participants have found employment with help from the award-winning program, the library said. More than that number have landed jobs since the series was launched in 2009, but the total is not known because records were not kept during the first three years.

The ongoing jobs program includes speaker presentations on various job-search topics, career counseling, networking groups and research assistance. The library also continues to add to its collection of books related to employment and job searches.

Most of the presentations were recorded, and more than 100 are available for viewing as podcasts, the library said.

"In providing this service, the Fairfield Public Library is an integral part of the economic revitalization of our community," said Karen Ronald, town librarian, "offering library materials, public computers and Internet access, professional librarian expertise and creativity in developing and enhancing the jobs series over the years."

The jobs speaker series runs from September through May and will resume in the fall, the library said.

In 2010, the library received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the Connecticut State Library Association for the establishment of the jobs program.

The jobs program grew from the library's realization in 2008 that an increasing number of unemployed people were going to the library seeking help in job searches, the library said in a news release.

The library began to offer speaker programs on topics from resumes and interview skills, to using social media and keeping a positive attitude. Networking groups were added.

A crucial addition, the library said, came in 2011 when Career Resources provided funding for a career counselor to visit the library one day a week. The counselor, Ann Wright, met one-on-one with job seekers and added a weekly group-skills program dubbed Job Search Boot Camp.

In September 2012, Elizabeth Kaufman, of Keystone Consulting, joined the jobs program as a volunteer counselor, the library said. Her one-on-one career counseling sessions meet on Wednesdays by appointment.