Workshop will help with Web job search

Columbia County Library officials say you should hurry if you want to register for an Internet job search workshop being offered Thursday.


Seventeen people had registered as of Friday, and there's room for just 25.

The workshop will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library and will focus on how to effectively use the Internet to learn about job openings. It also will offer suggestions on creating resumes.

"We're going to go with how to link up your resume with the employer's wants and needs," said Manfred Edelmann, an organizer of the workshop, which is being put on by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The department's latest figures for the area show that in November there were 18,686 people on unemployment, 7.3 percent of the labor force. That's an increase of 5,504 from November 2007 and up 583 from October.

Categories with the biggest decline in employment from November 2007 to November 2008 were information jobs (down 10 percent), manufacturing (down 5 percent) and goods producing (down 4.5 percent), according to the Labor Department.

Agency spokesman Sam Hall said he's not aware of a database that lists the number of jobs open in the area, but the number of filled jobs has decreased from 243,596 in November 2007 to 238,807 in November 2008.

Mr. Edelmann said there are a good number of jobs listed online. For those who might not get in to Thursday's workshop, he said he usually recommends the online job search engine

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 823-3338 or


To register for Thursday's class, call the Columbia County Library at (706) 863-1946 and press 4 for the reference desk. The library will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

For information on other Georgia Department of Labor services, visit or call the department's Augusta Career Center at (706) 721-3131. The center covers Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Richmond, Screven and Washington counties.