According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the unemployment rate for Florida is now at 8.5 per cent – way up from the 2006 pre-recession, lowest-ever rate of 3.3 per cent and a discouraging number for current job seekers. Savvy career and educational planning are needed to navigate today’s job market; setting career goals and upgrading skills are a must for anyone looking for work right now. But for those who are unemployed or even underemployed, the resources needed to improve and update skills may be financially out of reach.
Level the playing field with free help from Broward County Library (BCL). From books, DVDS and other resources to free classes in language, computers and more, Broward County Library has what you need to succeed. Here’s a look at some of the free services and resources available at your library.
One-Stop Help Online
Back on the job market? Looking to go back to school to improve your career? Your first stop is Broward County Library’s Education and Job Resources page, where you’ll find information on all aspects of searching for a job and advancing education, including interactive online resources, employability skills software and personalized assistance from library staff. Get information on books, DVDs and software that are available or find out about topics such as choosing a career, job search strategies, educational and training programs, job trends and salaries. Pick and choose what you need – it’s all free!
Broward etutor – Live Job and Educational Help
Get live, expert career and educational help from anywhere with Broward etutor – all you need is your Broward County Library card!
- Tutoring from Brainfuse (Daily from 2 to 11 p.m.) Live tutoring and skills-building for K-12, college and adult learners. Live help and test prep aligned to Florida standardized tests, SAT/ACT/GED, English/Language Arts, Foreign Language Lab, Writing Lab, Math (algebra to calculus), Science, and Social Studies. Live assistance available every day: 2 to 11 p.m. Assistance in these subjects is also available in Spanish.
- Job Coaching (Daily 2 to 11 p.m.) Live, expert coaching for every stage of your job search. Résumé assistance, interview coaching and career resources.
Online Research + You = Job!
Access these career- and education-oriented online resources from any computer anywhere! Use your Broward County Library card number and the phone number associated with it to log onto these free online research sites:
- Adult Learning Center from BrainFuse: Live, professional assistance in résumé/cover letter writing, career coaching, GED and U.S. Citizenship test prep, college placement prep, Microsoft Office Essential Skills series and more.
- CareerOverview: Non-commercial website with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information to help make better, more informed career choices.
- Florida Choices Planner: Florida Department of Education database for information on careers, Florida public and private postsecondary institutions, national institutions, and financial aid.
- JobNow from BrainFuse: On-demand access to live expert coaches for every stage of your job search. Live interview coaching and interview toolbox, career resources including personality and career assessments, and expert résumé assistance. Live assistance available every day from 2 to 11 p.m.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Career information and expected employment prospects for many job positions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Class Acts – Free Online Courses from Universal Class
Your Broward County Library card is the ticket to Universal Class, which offers more than 500 non-credit online courses that can build or strengthen skills. Take free classes in areas such as career training, computers and technology, business, health and medicine, business terminology, computer programming and medical billing.
Live at Your Library: One-on-One Reference Appointment Career Training
At some Broward County Libraries, available staff assist customers with research, job searching and job applications. Most Broward County Libraries offer a one-hour appointment with a librarian who can guide you in the use of print and electronic career and job-search materials. Please call your favorite library to make an appointment.
Learn and Upgrade Your Computer Skills
With so many jobs and careers requiring technical skills, it pays to brush up on computer skills. No matter what your age or skill level, you can take free computer classes at the following BCL locations. Need to get acquainted with the computer, use it to write your résumé, conquer PowerPoint or learn how to search for jobs online? You can acquire the skills you need free at your library!
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Century Plaza/Leon Slatin Branch Library
Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
Hollywood Branch Library
Imperial Point Branch Library
Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
Lauderdale Lakes Branch Library
Lauderhill Towne Center Branch Library
North Regional/Broward College Library
Northwest Regional Library
South Regional/Broward College Library
Southwest Regional Library
Tamarac Branch Library
West Regional Library
Weston Branch Library
| Get Ahead with These Books and DVDS at Broward County Library:|
||Advance Your Career (DVD) More...|
Getting to Use Your Skills in an Ideal Career (DVD) More...
||Goals: How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible, by Brian Tracy More...|
Going Back to School: College Survival Strategies for Adult Students, by Frank J. Bruno More...
New Horizons: The Education and Career Planning Guide for Adults, by William Haponski More...
The College Board’s Guide to College and Career Planning, by Joyce Slayton Mitchell More...
The New Dynamics of Goal Setting: Flextactics for a Fast-Changing World, by Dennis Waitley More...
The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself and Transform Your Career, by Reid Hoffman More...
||The Wall Street Journal Guide to Building Your Career, by Jennifer Merritt More...|
||Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method to Accomplishing Goals That Matter, by Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour More...|