By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Hundreds were at the central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia Wednesday morning for a job fair that connected applicants with entry-level positions. However, there are still opportunities available.
Getting that gig can be a long slog.
(Female Job Seeker Fiona:) “Ugh, rough. Really rough, but I’ve been out there.”
Fiona for three months.
(Male Job Seeker John:) “I’ve been out of work for about six years.”
Though some might say John had a full-time job:
“I’ve been a stay-at-home dad.”
He knows times have changed.
“I haven’t done a resume since ’88, ’89,” John said.
But Free Library director Siobhan Reardon says they can ease the transition to the digital job world.
“The library is a place where they can get on the Internet and they can get help searching for a job, building their interview skills, building their resume,” Reardon said.
Citizens Bank — which donated $20,000 toward the Free Library’s “Workplace Wednesdays” application, interview and computer training workshops — is hiring, and Reardon says the library can help you find other companies who are too.
“We get job listings all the time. They can contact any location of the Free Library, and we’ll be able to direct them to companies that are hiring.”