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The Evanston Public Library is joining other local libraries in bringing the “Navigating the Job Search” virtual series to those seeking employment. Attendees will learn skills centered around resumes and cover letters, networking through services such as LinkedIn, and virtual interviewing.

Registration is required for the four, free upcoming programs and can be found on the events calendar at epl.org or at the links provided below. The sessions will be hosted on the Skokie Public Library’s Zoom channel. 

Jan. 21, 3 p.m. – Looking for a Job Today. Registration link

Jan. 28, 3 p.m. – Resumes and Marketing Materials. Registration link

Feb.4, 3 p.m. – Informational Interviewing. Registrationlink. https://evanston.libnet.info/event/4778083

Feb. 11, 3 p.m. – Interviewing in the Virtual Age. Registrationlink

“Equity is the primary lens we are using as we plan upcoming programming and services, and we are unapologetic about it,” says Business and Financial Literacy Librarian Susan Markwell. “In response to the needs of local jobseekers, we are working to provide access to more programs like these.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a surge in unemployment in Evanston. This critical series targets adults looking for work whether they are currently unemployed or under-employed. Importantly, if patrons don’t have the technology required to attend these programs, EPL provides new Job Search Tech Kits that can be checked out by EPL cardholders who are Evanston residents. Each kit offers a Wi-Fi hotspot, a Chromebook, and useful information for jobseekers specially curated by Library staff. 

The other six libraries participating are Skokie Public Library, Wilmette Public Library, Glenview Public Library, Morton Grove Public Library, Lincolnwood Public Library, and Niles-Maine District Library.

The Evanston Public Library is committed to helping residents who are seeking employment, developing job skills or changing professions. More information can be found at epl.org/jobseekers

Session Details

‘Looking for a Job Today’ Presenter: Mike Buhmann

The job market has changed dramatically. How can you conduct an effective job search today? Career librarian Mike Buhmann will go over essential portfolio-building tools and discuss how you can develop the knowledge and skills to land your optimal job.

‘Resumes and Marketing Materials Presenters’: Joan Neumahr and Jerry Donahue

Join career professionals Jerry Donahue and Joan Neumahr to learn the best ways to market yourself during the pandemic. Learn techniques to create an optimal resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letters, and more.

“Informational Interviewing” Presenter: Marty Gahbauer

Get an edge on the competition by networking your way to your next career. Martin Gahbauer of Elmhurst College will provide a guide to take control of your job search by conducting a series of directed interviews that will develop your network and help you land a good job.

“Interviewing in the Virtual Age” Presenter: Frances Price

During the pandemic, most interviewing is done on the phone and by computer. In this program, long-time human resources professional Frances Price will explain the techniques for looking and sounding your best in an online interview.