The James V. Brown Library will present a “Career Focus Series” of workshops and open “job lab” times to help adults complete a job application, prepare for an interview and learn computer skills to become a desirable employee.

An open job lab will be held at the following dates and times in the third-floor small meeting room:

· 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 16.

· 1 p.m. March 22.

· 1 p.m. April 20.

· 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 26.

During this time, adults can walk in and use the library’s computers to create a resume, bring a resume in for critique, complete a job application or prepare for an interview in a relaxed setting. Staff and volunteer Bill Wallick will be available for one-on-one help, job search advice and assistance.

A “Job Seeking 101” program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Lowry Room. During the program, participants can learn about the job-seeking process and library resources available to assist you. Presenters Robert Pursell and Bill Wallick will discuss best practices, resume and cover letter writing, search strategies and online resources.

An “Introduction to Microsoft Word” program will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and Friday, April 27, in the Lowry Room. The class will introduce participants to Microsoft Word 2016. Participants must be experienced using a mouse or track pad and keyboard. The class will discuss the “ribbon,” how to create and format documents, bullets, columns, and how to save your work. This is a two-part class and participants should plan to attend both sessions.

Bill Wallick is a recently retired professor of human resource management from the University of Scranton. He is a life-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He served in human resources leadership positions in both industry and academe for the past 41 years.

Bob Pursell is a native of Williamsport with experience in both secondary and higher education on a teaching, counseling and administration level. He also worked in the financial world as an administrator in retail baking. He retired from manufacturing as a human resources department head. This represents almost 45 hears of interviewing and working with employees in the career development area.

These workshops, sponsored by the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, are designed to help participants gain workforce skills and information literacy opportunities for lifelong learning. When Pennsylvania residents know how to use current technology to improve their education and enhance their skills, they can fully participate in a digital society.

Registration is required for the Job Seeking and Introduction to Word programs and may be made at calendar.jvbrown.edu to by calling 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.