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      Jumpstart your career search in 2012 with the help of the RCPL

      COLUMBIA (WACH)â?? With the new year comes new hope that unemployment will continue its decline, and the economy will continue to improve in the Palmetto State. The Richland County Public Library, in an effort to help the issue locally offers the Job Center, a free service offering advice on resume building, interviewing, and other job search skills.

      Job Center Readiness Trainer Lori Cook says that although unemployment continues to decline from its record high of 11 percent to 9.9 percent in November, it is still a large jump from the 6.5 percent reported in 2008.

      Among the various job training services offered by the Job Center, Cook says that the Library is offering a free seminar called â??Jumpstart Your Career,â?? on Wednesday January 4 from 3:00 pm â?? 5:00 pm at the main branch on Assembly Street.

      â??Our goal is to be inspiring, informative, and interactive,â?? says Cook, who also points out that the seminar, as with all the services at the job center are free, and open to the public. She does point out that registration is required, however, and can be made by calling 803.929.3401.

      The Job Center offers to those unemployed or under employed include free classes in computers, interview skills, and other important areas in the job search.

      The RCPL Job Center is open to the public, at no charge, and a membership is not required. Information can be found at the library website, or by calling 803.929.3401.