Library volunteers help hundreds of job seekers find new careers

Volunteers give job advice at the library

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Today's libraries have more than books. They are really our modern day community centers. In Westminster, people head to the library to learn how to land a job.

"A resume is just an introduction.  You've got to get in the door. Then we teach people what you do once you get inside the door," said volunteer Fred Dorr.

Every Wednesday evening the Irving Street branch of the Westminster library holds a free Job Hunt Help Program.

Fred Dorr, Hope Silverstein and Tracy Welch volunteer to help people find employment.

"They do it week after week and are so gracious with their time and skill sets to be willing to help anybody who comes in," said Kate Skarbek, Library Service Manager.

"I have had a lot of jobs and I am a skilled job searcher.  I have a marketing background and I am a pretty good writer. So, I think I can help people with resumes," said Tracy Welch.

"I know this stuff.  I know how to help people.  I enjoy helping people," said Dorr.

"Being able to give two hours of my time to help other people is the best thing I can do," said Hope Silverstein.

The Westminster job hunt program is available to anyone -- no appointment necessary. 

"We will have someone come in who is homeless and we'll have people come in who have their master's degree," said Silverstein.

The program has been around since 2008, helping hundreds of people find jobs and just feel better about themselves.

"They kind of sit up straighter and have more pride," said Skarbek.

"Our biggest challenge is getting people willing to say good things about themselves," said Welch.

Tracy, Hope and Fred have a lot of compassion, patience, and knowledge that they offer so others can succeed.

"It is very rewarding," said Dorr.

To learn more about Westminster's Job Hunt Help Program go to www.cityofwestminster.us

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