Just been made unemployed and no idea what to do next?
If so, here are some suggestions for you…
1. Apply for Maine Unemployment Benefits
Curtis offers professionally maintained Public PCs with high-speed Internet.
2. Create or update your resume
Visit Curtis’ Job Search Neighborhood for books on how to write resumes and cover letters.
The library’s public PCs have Microsoft Word which you can use to create and edit your resume and cover letters.
Need help saving your documents? Ask a Curtis Staff Member.
3. Search for a new job
Curtis’ Job Search Neighborhood has books on:
- how to prepare for a job interview
- job searching
- how to change careers
Use the Library’s Job Search page to get started.
You may also wish to consider registering with a Temporary Staffing Agency.
4. Get some new skills / Sharpen your existing skills
– Curtis has books on how to do most anything (search the Library Catalog and/or ask a Curtis Librarian)
– Flip through the computer help books within the Science & Technology Neighborhood
Need help? Reference Librarians are standing by to assist you
– Your Curtis Library Card gives you free access to the Learning Express Library which offers unlimited, 24/7 access to targeted skill–building interactive courses in many subjects which can be most valuable to today’s job seekers. Click here to learn more about the Learning Express Library.
– Attend Curtis’ Tech Meetups (check the library’s calendar of events or ask a Curtis Librarian)
– Merrymeeting Adult Education offers adult education courses in five categories.
There are volunteer opportunities available right here at Curtis Library.
Read Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Flaherty’s blog post on Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment.
6. Start your own business
You can start a home (or library-based) business with little or no money.
For example, you can create your own product (digital or physical) and sell it; sell existing products; sell your services as a tutor, music teacher, consultant, landscaper, painter and so forth.
Whichever business you decide to start, Curtis has valuable resources for you.
7. Stay Positive and Productive!
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
– Albert Einstein