When it comes to landing a job, 40 local residents are trying something new: the Job Search Boot Camp at Port Washington Public Library.
Sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, this eight-week intensive workshop aims to help enrollees secure employment through networking.
The program kicked off on Tuesday, and meets three hours a week through December.
“Job Search Boot Camp will be boots on the ground, in this case, the Port Washington Public Library, to help people find employment opportunities,” Schimel said.
“I have been approached by so many people who have been chronically unemployed or underemployed,” she added. “It is my sincere hope that this project is the starting point for a grass roots model in public libraries throughout New York – to help put people in well-paying jobs. I am so grateful to partner with Nancy Curtin and Denise Anchico, for what seems to be, one of my most gratifying projects this year."
“Offering Job Search Boot Camp at the library as an extension of our Job and Career services was a high point for me [Tuesday] as I saw the participants leave after a three hour course truly invigorated and maybe a bit hopeful for the first time in a long time,” said Nancy Curtin, the library’s executive director.
Although boot camp registration is closed, the library hopes to host the program again in the near future.