Library resources available for job seekers

Published 6:44 pm Friday, April 19, 2019



Looking for a job or changing a career is both exciting and challenging, but it can be a little nerve-wracking. The Boyle County Public Library can be a valuable resource for job seekers wanting to make a change — it’s an information and technological hub, and offers its patrons free WiFi and computer access with printing and scanning capability.

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Library staff provide helpful assistance to patrons, including technology assistance and one-on-one basic computer lessons. In addition to these services, patrons will find numerous resources for job seekers at the library. is an online resource available to the public through the library’s website with a library card. While is a robust resource for students offering test prep and homework help, it also has numerous services for adults such as career resources for job seekers. Some of these career services include résumé help and critiquing, interview tips, job search information and tips, and career assessment.

EBSCO Learning Express is another resource provided by the library and is available through Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), and provides tools and resources for the job seeking process.  Tools include career preparation where users can prepare for a career exam, explore occupations and improve workplace skills.

EBSCO also has a computer skills center, a GED test prep center and a Job & Career Accelerator that provides tools and resources for résumé and cover letter writing, as well as easy job search and application steps. There is also an Adult Core Skills center that helps adults achieve their personal, educational and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math, as well as prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam. EBSCO Learning Express can be accessed by calling or visiting the library to obtain the necessary KYVL login information.

While online resources are useful tools, sometimes it is helpful to meet with someone face-to-face. With this in mind, job seekers are invited to the Workforce Development Resource Fair to be held at the library 1-6 p.m. Thursday, April 25.

The event — sponsored by the Economic Development Partnership, the library and others — will feature various organizations that provide services relating to improving work skills, resume help, substance abuse in the workplace and more. The organizations will be on site to provide information and to network with individuals needing assistance in any of those areas. Patrons with questions about the resource fair can call the library and speak with Caleb Conover.

For patrons who are unable to attend the resource fair, in addition to the available online resources, the library also has numerous print resources for résumé writing, interviewing and other facets of the job search. Those experiencing heightened levels of stress during the job seeking process may find books, DVDs, or CDs on relaxation, yoga, wellness and stress-management to be helpful. Patrons needing help locating these materials can ask any of the librarians for assistance.