You know that big building around the corner where everyone is really quiet and there are a ton of books and computers? It’s called the public library, and it just might help you get ahead in your career.
That’s according to Daily Muse contributor and Carpe Junevis co-founder Catherine Jessen. In a recent post titled “5 Awesome, Free Ways the Library Can Help Your Career,” Jessen explains exactly what the title suggests — reasons you should swing by the library every now and then and take advantage of what your tax dollars paid for. Her suggestions are right on the money — and best of all, they won’t cost you any money.
1. Strengthen Your Skill Set — Many libraries provide free career services, and depending on what’s available in your area, you may be able to learn resume-building tips, computer skills, job-hunting techniques, and more.
2. Network — It always comes back to networking, doesn’t it? There’s a reason people are always talking about it — it’s really important — and down at the local library, you’ll meet lots and neighbors and members of your community. Some of them undoubtedly work in your industry, and many probably share the same interests. Strike up a conversation — you just might learn something and/or meet someone in a position to help your career.
3. Work for Free — If you need to get away from the home or office, there’s no shortage of places with free wi-fi. But most will require you to buy an expensive coffee or put up with loud patrons. At the library, Internet access is free, and you’ll have the luxury of sitting at a big table in a brightly lit room. What could be better?
4. Unwind on the Weekends — A lot of libraries offer weekend cultural programming — concerts, film screenings, etc. — and if nothing else, they’ve got multimedia items available for checkout. Being a good worker means sometimes recharging your batteries, so why not grab a great movie or DVD for Saturday night?
5. Learn Stuff — Know what else you can check out from the library? Books and magazine — many of which are stuffed with great information. Some might be pertinent to your career; some might just get your mind working and make you a smarter, more well rounded person. Either way, it’s not a bad thing. And did we mention it’s free?