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Addison Public Library is offering special online workshops for job seekers in February and March


After winning a grant from the State Library of Illinois in 2021, Addison Public Library will use the grant to bring back its Getting Addison Back to Work program, a series of free workshops for job seekers.

Getting Addison Back to Work was originally launched in September 2020 and was supported by a grant from Google and the Public Library Association. Participants could take virtual workshops on topics such as resume preparation and remote collaboration to help them gain the skills needed to find a job.

“Getting Addison back to work was the first set of virtual jobs we had done. We were still in the early days of the pandemic, so we weren’t sure how it would go,” said business services specialist Lesley Cyrier. . “We just knew that with unemployment rising and the job market changing dramatically, we needed to provide resources in a way that would be accessible to as many people as possible.”

In 2022, Getting Addison Back to Work returns to the Addison Public Library through the Bounce Back From the Pandemic Grant from the Illinois State Library, which was developed to help libraries provide resources and essential services for job seekers. Like the first series, the 2022 series will consist of five online workshops designed to help job seekers learn the skills they need to successfully find and start a new job.

“In the original series, over 30 people attended our live programs, and to this day, recorded content (from Getting Addison Back to Work events) continues to be popular on our YouTube channel,” Cyrier said. “While we regularly offer job search programs each month, we are thrilled to be able to bring back this series of special events for our local job seekers.”

The Getting Addison Back to Work series begins with a kick-off celebration on Sunday, February 20, from 1-3 p.m., where attendees can get a free photo for their LinkedIn profiles, meet community partners who provide services to job seekers and learn more about Addison’s upcoming return to work workshops.


The series will include the following workshops, which are free and open to everyone. Registration is mandatory.

• Job search like a pro: resuming on Tuesday, February 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.

• The 5 types of letters that every job seeker should prepare on Tuesday March 1 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom.

• Job Search Like a Pro: Interview on Thursday March 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.

• Job Search Strategies during The Great Resignation on Tuesday, March 15, 10-11 a.m. on Zoom.

• Job Search Like a Pro: LinkedIn on Monday March 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. on Zoom.

The Addison Public Library will also use grants to purchase 5 packs of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as light rings, for the library’s collection. Those attending the launch celebration on February 20 will have the first opportunity to check out the new laptops, hotspots, and light rings before they’re available to all Addison Public Library cardholders. Cyrier is looking forward to having more technology to offer the community after the digital divide has been made very clear by the pandemic.

“Before March 2020 we were circulating hotspots, but in the summer of 2020 we added packages that included hotspots and laptops and they’ve been checked almost constantly ever since,” Cyrier said. “We’re excited to have more laptop hotspot sets available, and with Light Rings, we can help our customers make their virtual interactions a cut above the rest.”

In the 2020 Library Community Survey, 1 in 5 respondents said they needed help starting a career, and 3 in 5 said they felt the library should provide employment resources for residents. Cyrier hopes the return of the Getting Addison Back to Work series, along with the new items purchased with the grant, will help job seekers get what they need in today’s job market.

“We know our community wants to see the library support Addison’s economic well-being with educational opportunities like this, and so we hope that between improving access to technology and providing workshops for job seekers, we will be able to bridge part of the digital divide and support our job seekers as they seek new opportunities,” said Cyrier.

The Addison Public Library is located at 4 Friendship Plaza. For more information on Addison’s return to work or to register for workshops, visit addisonlibrary.org/addison-works.

For more information on services for job seekers at the library, visit addisonlibrary.org/services or contact Business Services Specialist Lesley Cyrier at (630) 458-3304 or [email protected]