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How the Library’s Job Desk Can Help Advance Your Career or Job Search

Book an online appointment with a career coach now.

How the Library’s Job Desk Can Help Advance Your Career or Job Search

If you are searching for a job, considering a career shift, or want to improve your job and career skills, Job Desk can help. Calgary Public Library partnered with Bow Valley College to provide one-on-one personalized career and job search guidance. Job Desk is available to anyone with a free Library membership.

Book a 25-minute appointment and meet with a career coach online to address your specific questions. Coaches can help you identify where to search and apply for employment, review your resume or job application, or guide you through a career change. They can also refer you to other services that will help you continue your job search and career path. If you are new to Calgary’s job market or simply overwhelmed and not sure where to start, an appointment with Job Desk can help you get started.

Here’s what to expect when you meet with the Library’s Job Desk.

Professional career coaches

You will meet with a career coach from Bow Valley College. Their training and experience mean they come with broad job search and career building knowledge. Ask them anything! A few areas they specialize in include employment for newcomers and identifying your personal employment goals.

Personalized guidance

Job desk appointments are one-on-one, which means the discussions, referrals, and advice are just for you. Coaches want to know about your personal job and career situation. They can work through a specific question or topic, or if you aren’t sure where to start, they can help you develop a personalized plan to move forward.

Booking an appointment is easy

Once you book an appointment, you will get confirmation details with information on how to sign in to your appointment online. If you have documents that you would like to discuss in your appointment, the appointment confirmation also includes an email address where you can send your resume or other documents ahead of time for the career coach to review. If you aren’t able to send those documents ahead of time, don’t worry! Have them available for your appointment and your career coach can review them with you during your session. Book the next available appointment or schedule one as far in advance as you would like. You can see available time slots in the online calendar.

How to prepare

Meetings are 25 minutes long, so it’s helpful to have an idea of what you would like to work on to make the most of your time. That could be a specific job application, reviewing your resume, improving your interview skills, or advice on career transition. Your initial meeting can also be an introduction to the Job Desk. The career coaches will work with you to get you started.

If 25 minutes won’t be long enough, you can book the meeting right after for an extended session. You are also always welcome to book another appointment later to continue the discussion or get coaching on something new.

More job and career services at the Library

Career Basics online programs

Workshops for resume development, networking, interview skills, and career transitions are offered each month in partnership with Bow Valley College. Each session is 1.5 or two hours and you can sign up for as many or as few as you would like.
Register now

Digital Library

Our Digital Library has several tools that are specific to job search and careers. They are all free to use with your Library membership. A few of the resources are Career Cruising with interactive education and career planning tools, Choices Explorer to help plan for the future, and Job & Career Accelerator to explore career options. LinkedIn Learning and Gale Courses also offer training and certificate programs for those looking to upgrade their skills.

Funding for Job Desk provided by the Government of Alberta.

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