Guest Column

 Guest Column

Dayton Metro Library offers several programs to assist job seekers.

By Rachel Gut

Dayton Metro Library proudly partners with many established, respected organizations in the Miami Valley whose goals are similar to our own: supporting education, literacy, workforce readiness, small businesses, nonprofits and lifelong learners. Each of these is a critical element in a healthy, dynamic community. With intensified efforts toward building a strong workforce in our region, Dayton Metro Library joins with organizations including SCORE, Ohio Means Jobs, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Development Coalition and the SBA among others to provide free informational programs and services.

Job Seekers is one such program realizing impressive results. Each month, expert presenters discuss topics that can range from current trends in resumes and interview skills, to employment forecasts, to work and volunteer opportunities that support career goals.

Success stories are common. Take Doug, for example, who had lost a long-time IT position but discovered a new career through connections he made at a Job Seekers meeting at the Miami Township branch library.

“At the first Job Seekers meeting Doug attended he met retired Col. Cassie Barlow, who shared information on the Aerospace Development Center’s cyber security classes, which are ideal for older, experienced workers in transition,” says Ann Riegle-Crichton, business services librarian. “Doug was intrigued by what he heard, his OMJ benefits paid for re-training classes and he is now employed in a new career in cyber intelligence—a program he knew nothing about until he attended Job Seekers.”

Job Seekers sessions are held the first Thursday each month at the Miami Township branch library, 2718 Lyons Road, and the third Wednesday each month at the Northwest branch library, 2410 Philadelphia Drive.

Statistics show that the average worker will change job three times before age 42. To help people think about what’s next before they receive notice that their job is ending the library regularly runs a program series called “Your Career Plan: Choice, Not Chance,” led by professional career coach Dean Waggenspack. This series helps people make educated choices about their careers rather than making decisions under pressure.