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Where can a working job seeker get help?

Q. Are there community career services where people can go to talk to someone about their career options?

 This is for someone who has been working for over a decade, does not have a college education (so no alumni career services), is employed (so I don’t think he can go through unemployment services), but is extremely unhappy in his career. He needs to talk to someone about how his skills can transfer to another field, but he doesn’t have money to throw at a fancy boutique service. Any suggestions?

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A. The Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers are an option. These centers primarily assist job seekers who are unemployed, but their services are also available to those looking to change jobs. They have offices throughout the state and run a variety of workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and using LinkedIn during a job search. Attending some of their workshops and events may be a challenge for a working person because many are scheduled during the day. However, there are services available through their website. Check out www.mass.gov/lwd/employment-services/.

Additionally, many public ­libraries offer free workshops which may be more convenient for a job seeker who is already employed. The Newton Free Library, for example, offers a monthly series of job search and career development programs. Upcoming programs include “Interview with Confidence” in April and “Social Media and Your Job Search” in May. The library offers many resources for job seekers, including a reference librarian who specializes in career services. For more information on this series and additional events at the library, visit www.newtonfreelibrary.net/events/talks.asp.

Reading Public Library has a similar program. On Wednesday evening, May 8, I will be speaking as part of the Job Search Skills series at the Reading Public Library. For more info, visit www.readingpl.org.

Lastly, explore www.boston.com/jobs. There is a wealth of information for job seekers, ranging from common resume blunders to a discussion of what occupations are expected to grow.

Patricia Hunt Sinacole is president of First Beacon Group, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton.
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