Thursday, February 2, 2023

Williamsburg Regional Library offers virtual career coaching

The Williamsburg Regional Library is holding virtual career coaching sessions for locals. (WYDaily/Pikrepo)
The Williamsburg Regional Library is holding virtual career coaching sessions for locals. (WYDaily/Pikrepo)

As many find themselves looking for new employment, the Williamsburg Regional Library is offering a virtual session with a career coach.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., job seekers can spend time with a career coach who will offer virtual one-on-one advice about resumes, job searches and career planning. The career coaches are volunteers with the library and some come from William & Mary’s career office, Allison Norfolk, adult programming coordinator, wrote in an email.

The library has had the program in the past, with the most recent being an in-person event in March that featured two coaches. However, only one coach will be available for the virtual session which limits the availability.

To create enough time for those interested, the library is asking people to register beforehand. 

Once an individual registers, Norfolk said she will get in touch with them about available time slots and ask whether they would prefer a phone or video chat session. The individual’s response is then forwarded to the career coach who will organize a session based on what the person wishes to cover.

This is the last career coaching session that will be offered until the library is able to again host in-person events.

Norfolk said response for the program has been mixed for both in-person and virtual sessions. Sometimes the available time slots fill quickly but sometimes there are empty slots available.

Typically, in-person career coaching requires individuals to register two days prior to the event but virtual coaching allows people to register until 5 p.m. on Friday.

“Once all slots are filled we take down the publicity on the website and social media to limit people continuing to try to sign up, Norfolk said.

To register for a career coaching session, visit the Williamsburg Regional Library online.

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Alexa Doiron
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Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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