Workforce Development

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SOUTH CAROLINA JOB SEEKERS?

Looking for a job in South Carolina? There are many resources out there to help you. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a listing for various individual agencies and links. Here are a few to help you get started.

http://www.WorkSC.org is a comprehensive job seeker & workforce skill building resource for South Carolina’s libraries, government agencies, and citizens.

Users of http://www.WorkSC.org can

learn how to create an online email account, learn how to use Microsoft Word to write a resume, find online job training tutorials and links to training opportunities hosted at your local libraries, find links to SC-specific and national job listing sites along with tips for job searching, find resources for starting a business, and learn tips for thriving in the workplace.

The site, initially created with libraries and first-time job seekers in mind, offers many useful links for the beginning as well as seasoned job seeker.


There are workforce centers called One Stops (see locations here: http://www.workforcesouthcarolina.com/directory.asp) and visit their website: https://www.sconestop.org. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce handles many different issues for job seekers and can be found online here http://dew.sc.gov/.


Another good resource is SC Personal Pathways (check out link here): [[1]] Personal Pathways offers one location where adult job seekers and employers can connect with each other. Click on the "Adults" tab to see how you can look for jobs, work on your resume, make a career change, seek out extended learning opportunities and research employers. You can use the free online resume building assistance as a place to store your resume where you can access it at any time, print it out or email it to a potential employer.


Most library systems have gone through training with the Kuder training and can assist you with your questions about the site and its features. You can also access it at the South Carolina State Library, the corner of Senate and Bull Streets in Columbia, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. The State Library is also now offering employment hubs through two specialized public access computer workstations where users can create resumes, develop PowerPoint presentations for job interviews, search for State Government and public sector job opportunities, and much more. Agency staff have developed a South Carolina Workforce Development program to bring together public libraries and state government business-related agencies to provide partnership opportunities to assist South Carolinians during these tough economic times. For more information read the press release here [[2]]


The South Carolina State Library is launching a Small Business & Workforce Initiative. As we expect the economy to maintain this course, we will do what we can to be proactive in assisting workforce development efforts and promoting small business development in South Carolina. For business and business development resources, please visit this link for the Business Wiki [[3]].


The rest of the information on this page has been culled from job seeking sites, libraries job assistance sites, workforce development information and other web links to provide you with some options as you begin your job search. Remember your local library can always help to provide you with additional resources including computer and printer access, books and materials, and program all to assist your job search. Here are a couple more: A link for the Department of Labor tools: [4] Tools from ALA: [5]

You can also click this link to get to the bottom of the page for external links and other resources: [6]

Personal Pathways/Library Resources

Your patrons can use the Kuder Journey to assist them in their job seeking efforts. The free online tools can be accessed through the portal at www.scpathways.org. This is designed for those looking for a new job, those who have recently left military service or incarceration, adult with work experience but looking for different job opportunities, retired adults seeking work and a variety of other options for people in any kind of workforce transition. There is also FREE online resume building software and a Spanish interface.


Libraries who are interested in holding trainings on the Kuder software should contact Denise Lyons in Library Development at 803.734.6061 or dlyons@statelibrary.sc.gov to put you in touch with the Kuder Trainer for South Carolina.


Here are handouts to assist you and your patrons on the Kuder Journey.

SC Pathways Handout [7]

Kuder Journey Login Handout [8]

Handouts in MS Word [9]

Media Articles/Links about the Economy and Public Libraries (Value and Job Seeking)

The Geography of a Recession

What is your library doing to help in these tough economic times?[[10]]

The Today Show "Libraries Lend a Hand in Tough Times" [[11]]

MSNBC "Libraries offer free relief from tough times:" [[12]]

Katie Couric “Notebook:” [[13]]

Money Saving Tip #6: Save Money At The Library Winston-Salem News Report: [[14]]

LA/Economy: [[15]]

Mary Tyler Moore parody: “Libraries are Going to Make it After All” [[16]]

ALA/Rising Price of People Magazine [[17]]

It Has Computers, Gives Advice and Is Free [18]

Libraries stressed, yet needed more than ever [19]

Times Are Tough, and Libraries Are Thriving [20]

Libraries and Web A Good Team from Charleston Post & Courier [21]

Etiquette advice for the unemployed [22]

Visit Your Local Public Library

Public Libraries often hold classes to teach basic and advanced computer skills as well as provide support for employment searches. They have resources to assist with your job search such as resume help books, cover letter sample books, and books on basic computer skills. A list of public libraries can be found at the South Carolina State Library.

Many libraries are hosting job seeking sessions and demonstrating their resources. For example:

Richland County Public Library [[23]]

Florence County Public Library [[24]] and computer classes [[25]]

Spartanburg County's Blog about Employment & Business [[26]]

Beaufort County Job & Small Business Resources [[27]] and in Spanish [[28]]

Charleston County Resources [[29]] and Small Business Resource Center [[30]] including a link to their blog for business

Pickens County Job & Career Link [[31]]

York County Technology Center [[32]]

Horry County Resources[[33]]

Chesterfield County Job Links [[34]]

Calhoun County Links [[35]]

Anderson County Computer Class Listing [[36]]

Darlington County Job Search Links [[37]]

Williamsburg Job Links [[38]]

ABBE (Aiken-Barnwell-Bamberg-Edgefield) Regional Library System Job Page [[39]]

Berkeley County Library Resources (scroll down about halfway) [[40]]

Dorchester County Links (left side) [[41]]

Greenwood County Library Job Search Guide [[42]]

Saluda County Library Links (right side) [[43]]

Laurens County Library College & Career Links [[44]]

Lexington County Library Job Links (scroll down) [[45]]

Lancaster County Library Resume Helpers [[46]]

All the rest of the county libraries offer regular services and computers with internet access. Check the libraries for individual library information and schedules.

External Links

Find A Job

General Employment Links

Regional Links

Resume Writing Help

Online Resumes

Create an Email Tutorial

Interview Tips

Personal tools