Library Helps Unemployed With Tewksbury Job Seekers Network

TEWKSBURY, MA -- Unemployed? Underemployed? Looking to change careers? The Tewksbury Public Library’s Job Seekers Network is here to help residents searching for a job.

Public libraries typically offer support to job seekers through books and online resources. The Tewksbury Public Library, however, takes it one step further.

Tewksbury is one of just five libraries in the state that organizes a networking group for job seekers. Last year, in fact, the library was recognized at the Massachusetts Library Association’s Annual Conference for its successful program.

The Tewksbury Job Seekers Network, which meets every Monday afternoon at 2pm at the library, has played a role in helping more than 75 residents find employment over the past four years.

“Meetings are rather informal,” says facilitator and librarian Robert Hayes. “We begin the meeting with brief introductions. A guest speaker, typically a local career coach, then gives a presentation on a topic of interest to the group. The meeting ends with informal networking among members, where leads are shared and moral support is offered.”

Here is a look the Tewksbury Job Seekers Network’s upcoming meeting schedule:

  • Monday, September 26: How To Build A Great LinkedIn Profile with Judy Parisella
  • Monday, October 3: How To Land A Job In Today’s Employment Market with Patricia Hunt Sinacole, the Boston Globe’s “Job Doc”
  • Monday, October 10: No Meeting (Columbus Day)
  • Monday, October 17: How To Get Your Mind Right During Your Job Search with Bonnie Petrovich
  • Monday, October 24: How To Answer Tough Interview Questions with Cheryl Landes
  • Monday, October 31: How To Handle Conflict At Work And At Home with Christina Haines

“There are 665 people unemployed living in Tewksbury, according to the state’s June figures,” noted Hayes. “And there’s many more residents who need help that are not captured in those official figures. We want these residents to know the group is here for them.”

Meetings are free of charge and open to all, including non-Tewksbury residents. Registration for each meeting is preferred. Reserve your seat by calling 978-640-4490 ext. 205, emailing rhayes@mvlc.org or visiting the library’s online calendar of events at www.tewksburypl.org.