The West Palm Beach Library and Workforce Alliance Launch Program for Job Seekers

New “Career Catalyst” Program Offers Technology Training and Career Development Tools

West Palm Beach, FL – October 10, 2010 – The West Palm Beach Public Library, in partnership with Workforce Alliance, announces a new program to assist local job seekers. The program, titled “Career Catalyst,” will provide increased access to online job search and career development resources. Career Catalyst has been funded through a grant provided under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, State Library and Archives of Florida.

The West Palm Beach Public Library is dedicated to creating inspired lives by connecting people with information and ideas. The vision to reach out, inspire, and inform citizens is reflected in the Library’s commitment to provide access to state-of-the-art technology and programming relevant to the current community needs.

The West Palm Beach Public Library will offer interactive workshops, computer classes and seminars designed to provide job seekers with valuable skills and resources to
prepare them for successful career development. Online job preparation tutorials, practice exams for specific occupations, and other online tutorials and educational
courses will also be made available using state-of-the-art software learning programs. The library will also establish a core reference collection of Career Help and Technology Skills materials that will be available for use. Additionally, free bus passes to visit the Workforce Alliance’s Career Center will be provided to participants that have completed a series of workshops and seminars. The goal of the program is to provide additional outreach to residents who are building a career path or entering the workforce.

As part of the joint program, Workforce Alliance will train the library’s staff and volunteers to help library users find resources to research careers, create résumés, search for open positions throughout Florida and connect to local workforce experts.

Lisa Hathaway, Assistant Director of the West Palm Beach Public Library, said, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to provide more in-depth programs designed for career development. The library’s partnership with Palm Beach County Workforce Alliance introduces an innovative approach to maximize library services that directly impact job seekers in our community.”

Those interested in obtaining additional information should contact the West Palm Beach Public Library, 561.868.7760 or visit


One of the most useful things you can do to keep current in this competitive job market is to learn new skills or polish the old ones!  The West Palm Beach Public Library is here to help!  We are offering another 4-part QuickBooks Pro 2009 series starting on July 6.  This program is sponsored by Friends of the West Palm Beach Library at a cost of $50.00 for the entire series. 

Classes will be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm on the following dates:

Class 1: Tues, July 6                         Creating the Company Profile

Class 2: Tues, July 13                      Recording Transactions

Class 3: Tues, July 20                     Creating Reports

Class 4: Tues, July 27                     Hands-On Practice/Q&A

Register now!  Call 561-868-7760 for more information or email us at

~Technology- it takes you there~

~Tracie Seurer~


Each Tuesday afternoon on the second floor, something special happens. Airplane pilots and art teachers, cooks and carpenters meet in one spot and try to accomplish the same thing – improve their lives. Tuesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 pm is the Job Seeker’s Open Lab in our computer lab. Folks can come by and work on résumés, job search, fill out online applications or just see if they can find someone to network with using additional computer time. I’m there to offer assistance; so I have had the pleasure of getting to know the faces and stories of many of our area’s unemployed. I can tell you there are some hardworking, dedicated people out there doing everything they can to make a change in their lives.

For the New Year, the West Palm Beach Public Library will offer another program to help our job seekers. Life Support is a four-part series that provides you a chance to give your life a lift. In addition to working on finding the right job and creating a résumé that will get you noticed, there will be computer skill assessments and excellent advice from our own Human Resource specialist on how to arrive at your interview positive and prepared.

The library also offers many computer classes to learn the skills needed for today’s workforce like Microsoft Office and QuickBooks. Never even used a computer mouse? We can help with that as well during our new Bytes & Bits Computer Basics Workshop on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. We also have books and DVDs on a variety of computer software programs available to check out.

So, make a change for the better and take advantage of all the resources the library provides to create a new you in the New Year. You can find information and register online at or call 561-868-7760 to speak with someone at the TechSource. I’ll be there; I hope you will be there too!

Jan. 15 – Finding the Right Job for You: This class will teach you to write a résumé that they will remember. Bring your work history and job goals. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Jan. 22 – Résumés to Get That Job: This class will teach you to write a résumé that they will remember. Bring your work history and job goals. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Jan. 29 – Computer Skills for the Workforce: Take an assessment and sign up for free self-guided computer classes and more. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Feb. 5 – Interviewing for Success: In this class, learn how to arrive at your interview feeling positive, confident, and prepared. Gain the winning strategies to land a new position! 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Jan. 27, Feb. 3 & 10 – QuickBooks: Make your business more profitable and increase your professional skills in this three-part series. Learn how to organize your finances, manage payroll, create invoices, and track inventory and sales with this business accounting and bookkeeping software program. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the West Palm Beach Public Library. A $30.00 program fee covers the entire three-part series. Payment must be made in person two weeks prior to the event at the 2nd Floor Information Desk.

~ Technology – it takes you there ~

~ Janet Norton ~

If you’re looking jobfor a job and need some great tips or you want to polish up your interviewing skills, be sure to register for the last two classes in our Life Support Series at the West Palm Beach Public Library.

Job Search Strategies on Friday, October 9th will teach you productive strategies for job hunting online.

On Friday, October 16th is Interviewing for Success.  Join experts in the field who will teach you how to arrive at your interview feeling positive, confident, and prepared to land that job!

Click on the links above to register or call 561-868-7760.

Technology ~ it takes you there


Picture1Have you noticed that searching for a job in today’s market has become harder than finding the proverbial needle in a haystack?  The West Palm Beach Public Library is bringing a glimmer of hope to job seekers! 

Here are 3 Ways to Jump-start your Career at the Library:

  1. Register for our 4-part series called “Life Support.”  This is an intensive series that will take you from finding the right job; to building an awesome resume; to searching for a job; and finally interviewing for success.  Get help from experts in the field of human resources!
  2.  Stop by on Mondays from 1:30pm – 3:30pm for our “Job Seekers Open Lab.”  Our Tech librarian, Janet, will help you work on your resume, complete on-line job applications and search for jobs on-line.   
  3.  We have assembled a list of helpful websites to assist you in your on-line search.  Stop by the Tech floor for more information.

Yes, we can help!  And did I mention this is all free? 

Technology – it takes you there.

 ~ Tracie

Have you noticed that more and more websites are being advertised on tv and radio? I was recently in Colorado and saw a cute ad for a website called DexKnows. I didn’t know if the site only provided info for Colorado, but checked it out when I got home. It is actually a pretty cool site which I passed on to our reference librarians. So what does Dex know? Dex provides white and yellow page information, compares business profiles side by side, provides maps and directions, saves your favorite businesses and locations, and plans itineraries for you. Yes, there are other sites that do similar things, but I think Dex deserves a look!

Since coming home to Florida, I have heard another website advertised on the radio: EmployFlorida. Once again, this is a site you should check out if you are job searching or pass on to someone who is. Employ Florida links all of Florida’s workforce services—state and local—to each other. The state partners are Workforce Florida, the state policy and oversight board, and the Agency for Workforce Innovation, the state agency which administers workforce funds. At the local level there are twenty-four regional workforce boards that administer close to 100 “one-stop centers.” Together these organizations represent the Employ Florida network of workforce services and resources. The state and local boards are composed of educational, governmental and private business resources to address local workforce needs. Definitely, a website worth checking out!