Monday, August 31, 2009

Increase your marketability in this Job Market!!

FREE, FREE, FREE Computer Class

Computer skills are essential to finding, obtaining and retaining employment. It is increasingly more probable that you will have to use a computer to find and apply to open position. Even in jobs that do not require you to be proficient with computers to perform your day to day duties, once on the job you may have to clock-in and out, submit timecards, or receive important employee information using a computer. For these reasons a basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing and email, is important.

The Cleveland Public Library is currently offering FREE computer classes so that you can increase your marketability in this job market!! The classes offered rage from introductory sessions for beginners wanting to learn the basics of using a computers to sessions for the more experienced user in creating and using an email accounts, creating resumes, online job searching and for those wanting to familiarize themselves with Microsoft programs like Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint.

Computer classes are offered at most branches and it is encouraged that you call to reserve your seat prior to class. For more information and to get referrals to branch classes call (216) 623-2980, visit clc.cpl.org or visit any of your Cleveland Public Library branches.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Did you know there is a free community service you can use to get information about social, health and government resources 24 hours a day, every day?

2-1-1/First Call For Help maintains information on nearly 2,000 health and human service agencies serving Cuyahoga, Geauga and Medina Counties. Together, these agencies offer over 10,000 different services available to you.

Unlike 4-1-1 for directory assistance and 9-1-1 for emergency calls, 2-1-1 is for non-emergency calls related to health and social services and is free!

Information provided through 2-1-1 includes such services as:
  • Basic needs such as food, clothing, housing and utility assistance.
  • Health and mental health resources such as Medicaid, Medicare, community clinics, support groups and counseling
  • Work support such as job training and education programs.
  • Financial management, budgeting, tax assistance and credit counseling programs
  • Supports for older adults and persons with disabilities such as adult day care, Meals on Wheels, home health care and transportation.
  • Youth and family services such as Head Start, recreation programs, parenting help, child support and custody, mentoring and tutoring …and much more, including agencies that accept your donated items
  • Re-entry/ex-offender programs and services.
2-1-1/First Call For Help can assist anyone looking for social service, health and government resources in Cuyahoga, Geauga, or Medina counties. Last year, over 100,000 people were helped. You can call for yourself, a friend, or a family member.

The database contains detailed information on each program including a description, eligibility, required documents, intake/access method, fees, hours of service and phone numbers. In addition, we have information on the agency, such as its web site, name of the executive director, year organized, travel instructions and other items.

Simply call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected or visit www.211cleveland.org to search the database.