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Library: A Good Resource for Job Seekers & Newcomers

Library: A Good Resource for Job Seekers & Newcomers

One of the best things I discovered when I arrived in Alberta is the Calgary Public Library (CPL).  It’s amazing!

Memberships are free, and you can borrow up to 99 books (and e-books) at a time as well as attend professional and personal development workshops, take online courses, reserve rooms for meetings and activities, and a lot more ̶ all for free!

The library is a great place to work, study, read, relax, have coffee, and meet people. There is something for every age, so bring your whole family when you visit! There are different branches all over the city, making it convenient to visit or to pick up a book you've reserved.

The Calgary Public Library has a very wide variety of free workshops available to toddlers, children, tweens, and teens and parents. There are also sessions for students, professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more on Canadian culture and the job search. Learn to improve your English, resume, or LinkedIn profile; enhance your Microsoft skills, get settlement support, and even details on starting a business or how to keep active during retirement.

The library also offers one-on-one career coaching sessions at various locations in Calgary. These are excellent ways to network and find out more about how to go after your dream job. 

Did I mention free online courses?  Online courses are so helpful, especially when you get very busy with your daily chores and obligations. You can learn at your own pace without interfering with your career and personal plans. There are online courses on financial management, career-specific programs (teaching, medicine, IT, etc.), computer skills (from beginner to advanced), writing, job search, and soft skills, including public speaking and networking. There are also art courses available, such as photography, writing, drawing, and crafts. It’s easy to sign-up!

If you live outside Calgary, you can still access Calgary Public Library resources.

Arriving in a new country can be daunting, but you'll find that in the library there are millions of resources to help you with your settlement and job search.  Visit your nearest library branch to start exploring the possibilities!

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