From the Beacon: Beat the job market at the library

There are so many ways to search for jobs but where do you start? Our current economic challenges coupled with Beaufort County’s growing 9.1 % jobless rate indicate that many in our community are looking for answers and strategies to build success. According to the South Carolina Employment Commission, some parts of Beaufort County have unemployment rates of over 17 percent; the good news is that the Beaufort County Library is here to help. With knowledgeable staff, thousands of resources, convenient hours and five locations throughout the county, WorkStarts @ the Beaufort County Library is an excellent starting point in your search for employment.

Take advantage of these resources with WorkStarts @ the Beaufort County Library:

Internet and Computer Workstations: Sign up for a library card to use our Internet computers free of charge or bring your own laptop to browse the Internet through our Wi-Fi connection. We also offer instructional computer classes on a wide range of topics both for novice and more experienced computer users.

Web Directory of Helpful Websites: Find librarian selected links for job, career, and small business websites hosted on the WorkStarts page of the Beaufort County Library’s website.

Books and More: Browse classified ads in regional newspapers, check out small business start up manuals such as How to Make Big Money with your own Small Business and gather successful interviewing tips from DVDs like Get That Job.

You can even access online databases such as Regional Business News and Reference USA to find valuable information about companies. You can use these databases from the comfort of your own home by going to the library's web page at and logging in with passwords provided by our reference staff.

Knowledgeable Reference Staff: Our professional reference librarians can save you time and effort in finding the resources you need. Whatever your question, they are trained to find the answer. You may also request an appointment with a reference librarian so you can receive one-on-one assistance with your research.

Testing and Skills Improvement Resources: Check out test prep guidebooks for standard tests such as the GED, GRE, and ASVAB. Study online with Learning Express Library an online test resource for a wide range of tests and skills improvement exercises.

Special Programs and Events: Don’t miss our Career Services Expos this October. State and local agencies that assist workers with job skills, job searching, small businesses, and educational opportunities have been invited to participate and host information booths where you can find out about the services they offer.

Save these Dates for career opportunties! Our Career Expos will take place October 3rd, 10am -2pm at Technical College of the Lowcountry (Beaufort) and October 10th, 10am - 2pm at the Bluffton Branch Library. Whether you’re looking for a job, a new career or to start your own business, WorkStarts@ the Beaufort County Library. Make the most of these free resources and visit a library branch today; our friendly staff is here to help you get started.