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Work Ready

Work Ready

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Work Ready

Are you Work Ready?

Work Ready graphicWe know COVID-19 has heavily impacted our LA County communities, including record-setting job losses. Are you currently looking for a new job, looking to build new job skills, or seeking out new career opportunities, but don’t have the device or internet connection to make that happen? Work Ready is here to help.

About the program:

  • Participants borrow a laptop and wireless hotspot kit for 6 weeks from one of 20 participating libraries
  • Participants receive special support items to aid in the job search process, which they can keep
  • Weekly virtual events will cover topics ranging from writing cover letters and interviewing to identifying high-growth careers and working from home

Interested in participating? See laptop availability and get started!

Program Schedule

All live programs will use the WebEx platform. Registration is required.

If you miss an event, please check out our Work & Career Playlist on our YouTube Channel.  Recorded videos of the virtual events are available 1-2 weeks after the event date.

Tue, November 30, 11 am
Public Speaking Tips for Career Success
Public speaking skills are necessary for both securing a job and achieving on-the-job success. In this lively conversation, Career Coach Liz Mohler and Community Engagement Coordinator Oleg Kagan will share techniques for preparation, presentation, and beyond. Register here

Access the resource sheet for this event.

Tue, December 7, 11 am
Making Social Media Work for Your Business
Social media is fast-paced and ever-changing. Join us for a panel of entrepreneurs successfully using social media, hosted by START TV’s Judith Norman. Topics covered will be marketing tips, common social media platforms, rules of engagement, and more! Register here

Access the resource sheet for this event.

Tue, December 21, 11 am
Resume Basics
Having a great resume is vital for your job search. We’ll take you through what to include, how to format it, and cover some resume mistakes to avoid. Register here

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Enrollment

How can I attend the Work Ready programs?

Programs will be held through the rest of 2021 as live programs on WebEx or videos posted on YouTube. A program schedule will be included in the Work Ready Kit, and you can also see upcoming programs on our virtual programming page virtual programming page.

Which libraries are part of the program?

There are 20 libraries participating in the program, including: Charter Oak, Compton, East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominquez, Florence, Graham, Hawaiian Gardens, La Puente, Lake Los Angeles, Lancaster, Lennox, Los Nietos, Norwalk, Quartz Hill, Rosemead, San Fernando, South Whittier, Topanga, Willowbrook, and Woodcrest.

How do I check out a Work Ready kit?

200 laptop and wireless hotspot kits are available for each session on a first-come, first-serve basis at Work Ready locations. No pre-registration is required. You can check laptop availability via the library catalog or by calling the library location.

Laptop Kit Check Out

Who can check out a Work Ready kit?

Adults with a standard adult library card that is in good standing will be able to check out a Work Ready kit at a participating library.

If you don’t have a library card or have a digital library card with LA County Library, you can get a standard card at any of our Sidewalk Service locations. Please remember to bring your supporting documents. For more information, see: Library Card ID Requirements (pdf).

Am I required to attend the virtual programs if I want to check out the Work Ready kit?

Although we encourage customers to attend the programs to take advantage of the learning opportunities, attending the virtual events associated with Work Ready is not a requirement for borrowing the laptop.

Will the library have my kits reserved for me?

No, the kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis at each Work Ready location. We recommend checking the library catalog or calling the library location to verify availability.

How long can I keep the Work Ready kit?

The Work Ready laptop and wireless hotspot kit can be borrowed for six weeks at a time. They cannot be renewed.

Laptop Kit Return

How do I return the Work Ready kit?

Work Ready kits must be returned in person during service hours at the library location that you originally checked out the item. They cannot be returned at the bookdrop or a different library location.

What if I return the Work Ready kit late? Are there late fees?

There are no late fees, however 28 days after the due date the item will be assumed lost and you will be charged the full price for it. Additionally, the Work Ready laptop and hotspot will become disabled once the loan period has ended.

Will my documents stay on the Chromebook after I return it?

All documents are deleted every time the laptop is shut down. This will happen even during your 6-week checkout period, so we advise you to back up your documents on a flash drive or in Google Docs if you are working on something you want to keep.

Technical Questions

Does the Chromebook include the internet?

A wireless hotspot device is included when you check out the Chromebook. This will give you access to the internet.

Will library staff provide instructions on using the equipment when I check it out?

A basic instruction sheet will be provided explaining how to turn on and connect the equipment. For additional support, please call the library where you picked up the laptop during their service hours.

I am not good with computers. Will Library staff help me use the Chromebook or answer technical questions?

Library staff is able to provide basic help with your computer—like how to turn it on, connect the wireless hotspot, or how to locate programs. For help, please call the library where you picked up the laptop during their service hours.