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Working to Help Others Find Work

Written by Addie Rising    on January 21, 2018    in
In January, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series focuses on local organizations providing job training, job placement and mentoring to support workforce development in Charlotte. See who they are and find ways to help. #WorkItCLT

If you've ever been out of work, you know how hard it can be. Looking for work becomes your full-time job. You search online job listings for openings, you craft your resume, fill out applications, send many emails, talk to friends and keep doing it until it all comes together and you get hired. 

Now, what if you were trying to accomplish all of the above without a computer, or cell phone, or even a home address? Some of Charlotte's unemployed neighbors need jobs but lack the proper resources and skills to find them. 

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Main Brach (301 N. Tryon St.) offers a state-of-the art Job Help Center provides computers with extended search time (up to three hours), job boards, free classes to enhance skills, interview prep, resume help and friendly staff to assist with all job searching needs.

Charlotte Meckleburg Libarary Job Center

The library's Job Help Center is one of 30 Charlotte Works' CARE3 (Community Access to Resources that Engage, Empower and Employ) sites that offer assistance to job seekers, including free access to computers, high-speed Internet, résumé building, workshops, job opportunities and more. More than 2,700 people visit the library's Job Help Center each year.

In a Pew Research study, while borrowing books still tops the list of reasons why people visit libraries, job searching and education opportunities are also a draw.

Traditional activities – borrowing books or reading – dominate library use, but people are also attending classes or other programs