Jobseekers get creative and inspired

Boy, did we have a full house for the library's first Laid Off Camp program in April!

The participants at the free all-day workshop included people who had experienced layoffs, as well as recent college graduates, those exploring self-employment, and people looking for a career change. Tucson entrepreneur Tony Ford kicked off the day with an inspirational talk about why we're in a great position to create what we want in a career.

Throughout the day participants had brief one-on-one sessions with human resources specialists from the Society for Human Resource Management. Presenters shared their personal experiences with being unemployed and moving forward while sharing cool tips and information about identifying work styles, using social media and storytelling in job searches, understanding personalities for a better interview, building skills with free online tools, and leveraging volunteer work for employment.

Our libraries provide a place where you can feel connected, get information and inspiration, and see that you aren’t out there by yourself.

Mission accomplished.

What participants had to say
“I wasn’t sure about this day. I told my wife that I would probably be back in an hour, but I ended up staying the whole day. I learned so much.”

“The quality and content of the sessions was outstanding. This was probably one of the better seminars I have been to in a long, long time."

“I didn’t know what to expect when I read 'Laid Off Camp,' but I’m glad I came. I learned so much.”

"This far exceeded my expectations...It was the best day of career workshops I've ever experienced in my life."

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