Job Search Assistance by Vancouver Public Library
Immigrating is a big step. Finding a new job is one of the most important parts of this journey, but how do you do this?
Vancouver Public Library is offering free support to newcomers and other jobseekers that have trouble finding a job.
My name is Melanie; I am from Germany and doing an internship at Goldbeck Recruiting. I heard about the workshops from one of my colleagues here that immigrated last year too. It sounded very interesting so I took part in two of these seminars.
In this article I would like to share my experiences with you.
The workshops were held by librarians that are trained for this.
First step is always that the participants introduce their self so the instructor can respond to their expectations. What they sure did in my opinion.
First I participated in the seminar “Career and Job Search Tour” which took 1.5 hours. They presented us with books, websites, online resources and different possibilities of networking that could be helpful for job search, applications, interviews and the right career choice.
The second workshop I took part in was “Career Explorer”. This one is similar to the first one, but in depth and over the next 7 hours every participant introduces themselves extensively. After that the speaker talked about some helpful books, websites etc. often referring to a certain participant who would find that resource particularly interesting and relevant. Right after that, we got a little tour through the part of the library with the relevant media. After the lunch break we continued the workshop in the computer room. Everybody had their own PC so they could test the presented websites on their own. The instructor showed us how to use some of them on a big screen and helped us if there were any questions.
In summary I would say that the provided service of the library is very helpful.
I felt comfortable at any time because they gave me the feeling to be responsive to everybody.