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For immediate release Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us         

 Career Countdown youth seminar at West End Library kicks off series of job workshops  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Brothers Percy and Mykel Harris listened closely as Cynthia Whittaker of the Jefferson County Extension Office shared career advice on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at the West End Branch Library in Birmingham.

After hearing 12-year-old Percy and 10-year-old Mykel’s career goals during a program called “Career Countdown: Put Your Best Foot Forward,” Whittaker gave them information on various occupations fitting their interests. In coming weeks, she will advise workshop attendees on real-life situations workers such as how to budget for expenses such as bills, groceries and vacations based on their income.

“Career Countdown is geared towards young people, and my goal is to help guide them on how to determine career interests and develop a plan that will promote readiness for employment possibilities,” said Whittaker, an urban regional extension agent.
The Career Countdown program (which will also be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 21) is among several free job-related workshops taking place throughout the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) during the month of September. 

If looking for a job or desire a better job, mark your calendars for several job seeker workshops and classes taking place at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) during the month of September. Here is a listing of other job workshops being held at BPL. You can find out about more programs at www.bplonline.org.  
         
•    Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central Library, 2100 Park Place  
Job Readiness Resume Clinic, Linn Henley Research Building, 4th floor Regional Library Computer Center 
   
Your resume may be the most important single document you have in determining success in your professional life.   Although your resume does not insure that you will be hired for a job, the quality of the resume will have a major effect on whether or not you land an interview for a job.  A strong resume leads to more interviews and can land you a job, while a flawed resume can lead to you being ignored and rejected from getting the job of your dreams. 

If you could benefit from having some assistance in getting your resume together, then plan on attending the Job Readiness Resume Clinic being held at the Central Library on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.  This is free event being coordinated by the New Rising Star Community Support Corporation (http://nrscommunity.org/), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community by providing programs aimed at promoting education, workforce development, housing opportunities, senior citizen care, and healthy lifestyles.  Representatives from New Rising Star will be on hand at the clinic to provide one-on-one advice on crafting both the content and format of your resume.  The goal will be for all attendees to walk away from the clinic with an actual completed resume in hand.  

The Job Readiness Resume Clinic will be the first of a series of Connect4 Careers workforce development events sponsored by New Rising Star in September that include  a Career Coaching Clinic on Saturday, September 17th and a Job Fair on Saturday, September 24th.  For further information about these events, please check the New Rising Star website athttp://www.nrscommunity.org/jobfair.  

For more information about the clinic, and other career resources available at BPL, please contact Jim Murray of the Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by e-mail at jmurray@bham.lib.al.us or by calling 205-226-3690.  

•    Monday, Sept. 12, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Central Library, 2100 Park Place
 Hiring Process for Jefferson County, Linn Henley Research Building, 4th floor Regional Library Computer Center 
   
Staff members from the Jefferson County Human Resources Department will explain the process of getting hired for Jefferson County jobs. Information will also be provided on how to master pre-employment tests including the oral interviews used by Jefferson County as well as other types of employment tests.

•    Monday, Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Central Library, 2100 Park Place 
BPL Database: Career Cruising, Linn Henley Research Building, 4th floor Regional Library Computer Center 
   
Business, Science and Technology staff will show how to make the most of the library's Career Cruising database.  Career Cruising features career guidance information, a directory of schools, financial aid information, a job search guide, skills assessment tools, and a variety of employment resources.

•    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m., West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave   SW Career Countdown: Put Your Best Foot Forward.  For details, call (205) 226-4089.

•    Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW Career Countdown: Put Your Best Foot Forward.  For details, call (205) 226-4089.

•    Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m., Inglenook Branch Library, 4100 40th Terrace North    
Job Searching Essentials Presented by the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources JOBS Program  

This workshop will give job seekers information that can boost their job search and lead to employment. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, call (205) 849-8739.    

•    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m., West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW Career Countdown: Put Your Best Foot Forward.  For details, call (205) 226-4089.

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