Jazzing up your job search

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! This month my theme is Library Love, focusing on my love of libraries generally, as well as for the Sacramento Public Library (my local library) more specifically. I hope you find these posts informative as well as fun, and that they encourage you to visit your local library to see what’s new.

One of the things I’m most frequently asked while on desk is whether I can help patrons search for jobs, help with their resumés, or know whether the library is hiring.

The happy answer to all of the above is “YES!”

Sacramento Public Library can steer patrons to reputable job sites, offers resumé writing assistance, and can even hook you up with a job coach that can better help you identify your talents and skills. Everything you’ll need can be found on their Career Development page.

And if you’re interested in working for the Sacramento Public Library, you should definitely set up an alert on CalJobs so you’ll immediately be notified whenever they open applications. (You’ve got to be fast, since most have a short window, so be sure to get your resumé and cover letter ready in advance!)

Fast Facts

Whether you’re actively looking for a job or would like to help others in their job searches, the library is a great place to get started. Volunteering at the library is a very common way to get a foot in the door, which can introduce you to the staff at your home branch and showcase your skills. My own journey towards employment at the library started with volunteering in the Homework Zone, helping students with math, reading and spelling questions. Other volunteers may assist with pulling books for holds, creating take-and-make kits for young patrons (art projects meant to be done at home with just a few items supplied by the library), shelving and straightening, or even sorting books for the Friends of the Library sale areas.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Sacramento Public Library, be sure to apply online and choose your desired branch. You should hear back from a Volunteer Coordinator soon.

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to sharing more library trivia, tips and tricks for getting the most out of your local library — using all their awesome and often unpublicized free resources — throughout the month of April. See you tomorrow for a fresh new post!