Job Searching Bootcamp
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Job Searching Bootcamp
Bensenville Community Public Library District
Bensenville, IL 60106
In October of 2010, the library held a 4-day Bootcamp to offer intensive training to those looking for work. There were 15 participants selected from 24 individuals who applied. As you will see, there were certain criteria that had to be met prior to acceptance in the program. Those who were not selected were contacted and offered private tutoring in their areas of deficiency. To the best of our knowledge, 9 of the 15 participants have gone back to work.
Document 1: Each potential participant was asked to return this Career Bootcamp survey.
There was no cost to attend the bootcamp.
Bootcamp was held on October 18, 19, 20, and 21. The first three days were four-hours, from 9:00 – 1:00; the Thursday session ran from 9:00 – 3:00, and lunch was provided on that day.
Attendance was mandatory for each session; no one was absent or requested to be absent.
Participants with children were allowed to bring the kids to the library. Youth services librarians cleared their schedules for those four days to provide daycare; the library provided snacks; a short break (5-10 minutes) was taken every hour to allow parents to check in on their kids. (Only 7 kids attended – there were others, but their parents made other arrangements for their care.)
Topics covered included:
-- Creating and storing a resume (the library provided each participant with a flash drive that they were allowed to keep)
-- Using Microsoft Word; creating files; developing an organized approach to the job search
-- Using electronic job boards such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder
-- Using Craigslist
-- Writing a cover letter
-- Using e-mail to apply for jobs and to attach a resume; homework that day was to send an e-mail letter of application to email@example.com, and those were all evaluated and returned, by e-mail, the next morning.
-- Using the Illinois Career Center
-- Services provided by IDES (Illinois Department of Employment Security)
Each day’s session concluded with a homework assignment to reinforce the skills discussed. Most participants devoted time in the afternoon to completing the homework, and care for their children extended until they were finished and ready to leave.
The final day included mock interviews. Each participant went through two interviews conducted by community volunteers they had not met before. These included members of the Chamber of Commerce, two Library Board Members, and three community members who were recruited to help that day. Participants were told to dress appropriately for an interview, and interviewers were briefed ahead of time on the types of work the individual was seeking so that interviews could be somewhat
Lunch was provided that day, and each participant had the opportunity to meet, again privately, with their interviewers for an assessment of how they did.
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