Attention job seekers! Explore careers, receive help finding leads, print an updated resume, identify training programs and make connections online. You can do all this and more. By the way, it is totally free.

Randle Timberland Library helps connect job seekers with the resources they need. Photo courtesy: Timberland Regional Library.

“What’s the fine print?” you ask. It all happens at your local library. Your Timberland library is a fabulous place to find career resources. Yes, you can still check out a book, but the scope of the activities of our libraries is ever expanding.

‘The library is so much more than people realize,” said Michelle Larson, public relations specialist for TRL. Timberland continues to actively seek programs and services to help people of all ages in our community. Its resources to assist people in the job market are impressive. Young people embarking on career exploration, older people seeking new options, and out-of-work adults who want to find employment, will all find free, useful resources at your local branch. The friendly staff accompanies you on your employment path. The following are a few of the ways TRL is available for you:

WorkSource Connection Sites

Timberland Regional Libraries have all the job-searching tools you need. Photo courtesy: Timberland Regional Library.

The region’s 27 libraries, located across 5 counties, are all provisionally approved as WorkSource connection sites. The library receives job postings from WorkSource, which are displayed in their branches. Library staff can help patrons navigate the website. This ensures that prospective employees have the ability to get resumes and cover letters to prospective employers. This can include email, faxing and printing.

TRL, in partnership with The Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn), is in the process of creating procedures so that when job seekers leave the library, they have communicated with PacMtn or have an appointment. PacMtn aims to prepare people for success now and in the future through needs assessments, basic literacy skills training and job-specific training. There are employment services for adults, military families and youth.

Reference USA Database 

Winlock Timberland Library has several free-to-use computers. Photo courtesy: Timberland Regional Library.

ReferenceUSA is a potent resource that helps with research and job interview preparation along with postings for many jobs and internships. You can find it on the TRL.org homepage, under “Learn.”

WOIS/The Career Information System

The WOIS website opens paths to explore careers and make educational plans and decisions. There are detailed descriptions of colleges including online options. You can also discover a wide range of career descriptions and various certificate programs. Clarify your goals and set your plans for the future.

Career Cruising

The Career Cruising website is an interactive resource packed with information. Take an assessment that clarifies your interests and skills to match you with possible careers. You can build self-awareness through a learning style inventory and better prepare for your next steps. The careers section covers various industries, including military occupations.

Rapid Response Team

Job seekers can use library computers and print documents for free! Photo courtesy: Timberland Regional Library.

TRL staff is in partnership with WorkSource, Employment Security, local community colleges and other resources to be available for newly dislocated workers. These teams go to job sites to demonstrate ways the library can facilitate their job searches and/or continuing education needs. Recently, a response team went to the Providence Distribution Center. The educators and counselors were there to support people through the often-difficult process of re-employment.

“People received a list of what they needed to do,” explained Bernard, a Tumwater adult services librarian. “I helped 15 people that day. Nine times out of 10, the people did not know about career, training and employment resources at their local library. It is a really great service for people.”

Additionally, the team has gone to the Centralia Knitting Mills, The Evergreen State College, and Toys ‘R’ Us. Questions are answered and people are directed to appropriate services and programs through the library, which extend far beyond offering free Wi-Fi and the ability to print up to 100 pages per week.

“Look to your local library,” reminds Larson. “Everything we do is free.” TRL is an integral resource for all the people in our community. Every branch has its own Facebook page to keep up on the ever-changing events. There are activity boards onsite, too. Did you know that there is a pop-up library in Morton & Mineral?

Let your local Timberland library surprise you with the support they offer on your job path. “It’s a one stop resource in the community,” said Jeff Kleingartner, communications manager.

You can visit one of the six branches located throughout Lewis County. There are also additional locations for book drops and kiosks.

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TRL libraries are located at:

Centralia: 110 S. Silver St.
360-736-0183

Chehalis: 400 N Market Blvd.
360-748-3301

Mountain View: 210 Silverbrook Road, Randle
360-497-2665

Packwood: 109 Main St. W.
360-494-5111

Salkum: 2480 US HWY 12 
360-985-2148

Winlock: 322 NE First Street 
P.O. Box, 428
360-785-3461

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