Library programs for teen job seekers begin in April

With the national teen jobless rate at 24.2 percent last May, local teens looking for summer jobs this year will face stiff competition. They can get a leg up with Heights Libraries’ Teen Job Prep program, a three-part series offered at the University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road.

The series is the brainchild of Shenee King, Heights Libraries youth services associate. “When I first started working at the library, I helped a few teens fill out job applications,” said King. “I quickly realized they needed help with their job-hunting skills, especially the kids who need jobs to help their families.”

King will present the first program, "Gather Your Skills," on April 19 at 11 a.m. King will teach teens how to write effective résumés and accurately fill out job applications.

That résumé and application will be used during the next program on April 26, also at 11 a.m., called "Presentation - First Impressions Matter.” Taught by Michelle Phelps, career development coordinator for Tri-Heights Career Development Program, the program will teach teens how to dress and speak during a job interview. Participants are encouraged to wear their best potential job search interview outfits.

The series culminates on May 3 with a Teen Job Fair, starting at 11 a.m. The fair is presented in partnership with Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a Cleveland-based youth-serving nonprofit agency that provides teenagers and young adults with job training, mentoring opportunities and other job programs.

The fair will feature local employers who are looking to hire teens for the summer, and also provide teens with a chance to practice their interviewing skills.

For more information visit www.heightslibrary.org or call 216-321-4700.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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