Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
For immediate release Thursday, July 6, 2017 
Free job search workshops begin at Central Library this Friday, July 7, 2017

What: Vocational Readiness workshop series
When: Every Friday in July, August, and September 2017
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Linn-Henley Research Library, Regional Library Computer Center, 4th floor
Details: The series consists of four workshops:  (1) Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop, (2) Resume Builder, (3) New Age Online Application Process, and (4) Interview Bootcamp

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- If you are job hunting or looking to land a more lucrative career, make plans to take advantage of a free weekly Vocational Readiness workshop series kicking off at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham beginning this Friday, July 7, 2017. 

Classes will include a free individual assessment of professional goals/skills to find best job fit, improving your resume, preparing for the job interview, and how to navigate the online job application process. The information is timely for both young graduates job hunting for the first time and adults reentering the job market or contemplating a career change. 

The workshops, to be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays between July and September,  will take place in the Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Regional Library Computer Center.  The workshops presenter is Tina Thornton, a professional counselor and founder of Gem Kreations, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting those who have experienced adverse circumstances realize their full personal and professional potential.

Space is limited so register in advance by contacting Jim Murray, head of Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department, at 205-226-3691 or via email at 

Each of the workshops will cover a different part of the job searching process, but participants are encouraged to attend all four because each builds on the content presented in the previous one. Read more about these free classes at the link below:

Here are the descriptions of the individual workshops and the days that they will be offered:

Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop provides an individual assessment of personal and professional goals, aspirations, and skills to help determine your best job fit. 1st Friday of each month (July 7, August 4, September 1)

Resume Builder is designed to assist individuals with creating an effective resume that will function as a powerful tool in achieving gainful employment. 2nd Friday of each month (July 14, August 11, September 8)

New Age Online Application Process offers tips and suggestions to guide all job seekers in successfully completing online employment applications. 3rd Friday of each month (July 21, August 18, September 15)

Interview Bootcamp teaches techniques to help you emphasize your skills, overcome objections, and build rapport with your job interviewer. 4th Friday of each month (July 28, August 25, September 22)

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
BPL Spotlight: Poet Michael Harriot
BPL recently did a Q&A interview with Harriot. Come hear him and other poets this Friday night, July 7, 2017, at 7 p.m. as Bards & Brews is held at the Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W. A musical performance by Erthling at 6:30 p.m. will precede the poetry. The event is free to those 18 and above, and you must be 21 or older to sample the beer. Here is link to the interview:
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