Columbia Public Library offers job application assistance

Friday, March 20, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:14 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 20, 2009

COLUMBIA – Since the age of 15, Michael Pierce has been a member of the workforce. He never needed an e-mail address or a resume to find a job until now. A month ago, he didn’t have either. Now, he has both.

Pierce, 54, has been attending sessions at the Columbia Public Library that are helping him overcome limited computer skills and apply for jobs online. The job application assistance drop-in session showed Pierce how to fill out forms and applications. A librarian helped him create a resume and set up an e-mail account that many employers require.

"Now I can do an application for a job, and I can e-mail them my application online," Pierce said.