More than 6,000 Indianapolis Public Library visitors have used the labs’ services to advance their job search, resume writing, interview and computer skills since six Job Center Mobile Labs launched in June 2011. WorkOne staff and library assistants work together in the Job Centers, providing individual support for those job seekers. With six laptops available at each participating branch, people who need help can find both the expertise and technology needed for success in today’s job market. They also receive free USB flash drives, transportable memory devices on which they can save resumes and important documents.
One of those visitors, Edgar (who prefers to not publicize his full name), found all the job support he wanted. But he also found something just as important to anyone who is looking for a job, especially in today’s economy – encouragement. Working with Deborah Graves, an Academic Career Counselor with WorkOne, Edgar has been able to find not only a job-search resource but also a source of support and hope. His letter demonstrates the value of the Mobile Job Labs: