Aug. 2016 Workshops for Job Candidates

Fort Bend Libraries are presenting several great workshops in August with the first one starting August 1st:


 Have you been searching for a job and not having any luck? Maybe it’s time for a change in your game plan. Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, August 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The series will continue on August 2, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 10 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America between them, will share their insight and the experiences they themselves have had in the business world – from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners, financial and mortgage advisors, computer consultants, sales and marketing professionals, and advertising and communications executives – all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, call the library at 281-342-4455 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.


 Job-hunters can learn about a special online resource, Job & Career Accelerator™, available through Fort Bend County Libraries, at an introductory demonstration on Wednesday, August 3, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab at the University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Staff from the library’s Adult Services department will provide an overview and demonstration of this easy-to-use online resource for job-hunters who are searching for the right job or a new career. Job & Career Accelerator helps job-hunters create professional resumés and cover letters, get detailed and current information on a variety of occupations, match personal interests and skills with a desired career, improve interviewing skills, and much more. The database includes detailed information on more than 1,000 different occupations, and matches interests and skills with possible careers. It also provides more than five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings.

The Job & Career Accelerator resource can be accessed remotely at any time of the day or night from a home computer with an Internet connection. A library card barcode number is required to use this resource outside of the library.

 The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Registration will open on July 20. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Calendar,” select “University Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.


 Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present an “Internet Job-Search Workshop” on Wednesday, August 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.

Amy Will, Coordinator of Employment Services for Family Services of Greater Houston, will explain how to effectively complete an online application, how to submit a resumé and cover letter online, and how to search for jobs on the Internet.  Will has helped individuals and families as a career coach and job developer for the past 15 years.

 A part of the United Way, Family Services of Greater Houston is one of the oldest non-profit social-service organizations in the area. The agency’s Employment Services program helps individuals develop career goals, create plans for achieving career goals, connect with employers, and advance in their careers.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-238-2100 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.


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