by Melinda Ludwiczak
In January, MELSA (the Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and its eight member libraries rolled out a new web resource product called JobNow! It’s a real-time, online resume and interview coaching/career advice tool that you can access from the library, your home, or wherever you have Internet access. All you need is your library card barcode to log on. Services include:
- Expert resume assistance, feedback, templates, and tips
- Live interview coaching plus tips and resources (in English or Spanish)
- Resources for your job search and career tips
It also includes a job and career subject guide that is customized with Twin Cities resources and links. JobNow!services are available seven days a week from 1 to 11 p.m. to patrons of the following metro libraries:
- Anoka County Library
- Carver County Library
- Dakota County Library
- Hennepin County Library
- Ramsey County Library
- Saint Paul Public Library
- Scott County Library
- Washington County Library
The average JobNow! user spends 30 minutes using the tool, and many have shared their job success stories with library staff.
Melinda Ludwiczak, MLIS, is a Project Manager for MELSA.She manages the Jobs and Small Business Task Force initiatives and coordinates public programs supported by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for metro-area library systems.