Database to help in job search

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Since the economy began to rock the lives of Gwinnettians, the public library has become a haven for job hunting.

A new computer database will make the searching even easier, officials say.

The system will soon launch the Job & Career Accelerator tool from LearningExpress. The program allows people to take career aptitude tests, then tailors job searches to specific experience and skills.

According to a library spokesperson, the job search function helps narrow down available positions from major searches such as Monster and CareerBuilder.

"It's really efficient and effective," Gwinnett County Public Library Deputy Director Liz Forster said. "It's really a perfect fit for this community."

Even before the national recession, Forster said the public library has been a resource for people seeking work. From career references to resume writing and interview skills books to access to computers to write those resumes, the library has become a useful resource.

Like another LearningExpress database, LearnATest, the Job & Career Accelerator will be available at www.gwinnettpl.org, allowing anyone with a library card and pin number to use the software.

Forster said the LearnATest program had 12,000 uses in March, including ACT, advanced placement, civil service tests and more. If the jobs program is as successful, she said the cost to the system would be about $1 for every user, although library card holders would have access for free.

"We really are excited," Forster said, adding that the program will be launched on the same day that the Hamilton Mill library branch opens to the public on April 24.