MEDIA ADVISORY: Local libraries to host free job search workshops
May 28, 2010
The Department of Labor and Training and the Office of Library & Information Services are partnering to help Rhode Island job seekers connect to work opportunities by using the free online job-search toolkit, EmployRI.
During the week of June 14, Department of Labor and Training staffers will hold free EmployRI workshops at the computer labs of the following public libraries:
* Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St.: Monday, June 14 at 3 p.m.; Register at 725-3714.
Because computer workstations are limited, preregistration through the participating library is required.
Accessible from any computer with an internet connection, EmployRI lists thousands of up-to-date job listings which can be targeted by employer, location and skills. Job seekers may use EmployRI to tap the latest labor market information to research in-demand industries. Through EmployRI, they may also take an online assessment to determine their skills in such areas as communications, management and technology, then match these skills to unique occupations. Registered EmployRI users can also create and store personalized résumés and cover letters through free self-service modules.
Since Rhode Island entered the recession in 2007, both the Department of Labor and Training and the state’s public libraries have experienced a jump in customer demand for job seeker services. DLT’s netWORKri one-stop career centers have seen ever more visitors. Demand for computers at public libraries, where OLIS coordinates programs and resource sharing, has skyrocketed.
"By making a significant investment in EmployRI, our department has made a virtual one-stop to complement our bricks-and-mortar one-stop centers around the state," says Director of Labor and Training, Sandra M. Powell. "We believe our collaboration with the Office of Library and Information Services should help grow our customer base, as more Rhode Islanders learn what EmployRI can do and how they can use it to their benefit."
Chief Library Officer Howard Boksenbaum says, “Our public libraries provide access to the Internet and skilled librarians who can help patrons use the tools and resources they find there. For job-seekers that makes searching a little easier and puts the job-hunting experience in context. Collaborating with the Department of Labor and Training is a natural extension of what libraries do: it allows us to expand our services and expertise in an area where there is great need, both in the library building and online.”
Visitors may access the services through the EmployRI web site at www.employri.org. Since the Department of Labor and Training launched EmployRI in 2009, EmployRI has gained more than 20,000 repeat customers and hosts more than 3,000 résumés.