Job Seekers Initiative
Job seekers in DC are increasingly turning to libraries for help with their job search. Many of these customers lack basic computer skills and are challenged by a job search and application process that has largely migrated online. In a tight budgetary climate, the DC Public Library needed a low-cost solution to increase support to job seekers in ways that deliver maximum impact. The right solution would also strengthen staff capacity and skills to serve this new target population.
The DC Public Library designed a job seekers web portal from the “ground up.” The dedicated site centralizes resources for job seekers and staff, and distills overwhelming information into manageable recommendations. In developing the portal, the library emphasized simplicity, usability, and interactive features (introductory video, tips from local business managers, share your success story, and more). As we expand services and partnerships, the portal is an up-to-date resource center for all things job-related at DC Public Library.
The Job Seekers portal is the cornerstone that makes subsequent services possible. In October 2010, the library piloted a ‘Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic’ in the computer lab at the central library. The clinic provided highly personalized support for basic online job search activities. Using the portal, computer savvy staff can quickly connect customers to the right online job tool.