From the bookshelf : Going on a job hunt?

From the bookshelf

By Debbie Saunders - Contributing columnist

At one time or another, most people will find themselves going on a “job hunt”, sometimes when it is least expected.

Whenever I hear “job hunt”, the librarian in me is taken back to that classic children’s book entitled We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. For those unfamiliar with this book, the author pens a tale about a family that goes on a bear hunt, only to encounter many obstacles along the way.

We’re going on a bear hunt.

We’re going to catch a big one.

What a beautiful day!

We’re not scared.

Despite this family’s positive outlook, its members continually encounter major obstacles such as a deep, cold river, thick, oozy mud, and a big, dark forest. Each time they encounter these challenging circumstances, they resolve to go through them, despite their fears.

Those in the job market may relate to the plot of this classic tale, as searching for employment can present its own set of fears and challenges. Your local library provides a myriad of resources to assist those seeking employment. Public computers equipped with word processing software and internet access are available to library patrons. The Library also provides free Wi-Fi access, not only for those visiting the Library, but for patrons who wish to borrow a Wi-Fi to Go mobile hotspot while searching for their next job. Bossard Library offers Cypress Resume, a software useful for creating and downloading personalized resumes, cover letters, and CVs. Patrons may wish to visit Glassdoor, a free, online jobs and career community that offers an inside look at jobs and companies with “employee generated content” – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves. Public libraries encourage job seekers to take advantage of the OhioMeansJobs Assessment and Training Center, which offers dynamic tutorials, easy-to-use practice tests and e-books for elementary, middle school, and high school skills; adult basic skills and learning; GED test preparation; college test preparation, career test preparation; OMJ Core assessments; Master Core business skills; and computer skills improvement.

With a Bossard Library Card, patrons are able to enroll in free, online college level courses that will help them build their skill set as they search for employment. Visit the Library’s website ( or contact the Library’s Reference Desk at 740-446-7323 for more information on these Gale Courses for Public Libraries.

Bossard Library also offers a wide selection of books to help patrons prepare resumes and cover letters, as well as to assist them in preparing for the job interview. In addition, the Library provides access to local newspapers from Gallia and surrounding counties for those who wish to search the classified ads in their quest for employment.

The staff of Bossard Library is eager to assist those going on a job hunt. We want to help you catch the big one. Don’t be scared – your local library is here to help you on the hunt!
From the bookshelf

By Debbie Saunders

Contributing columnist

Debbie Saunders is the director for the Bossard Library.

Debbie Saunders is the director for the Bossard Library.