JOBSEEKERS are being offered free help to find work online at workshops held in York's libraries.

Explore York Libraries and Archives, will be hosting two series of free workshops on job hunting online which will help job seekers understand how to search, find and apply for jobs online. One series will be hour-long online-based courses, and the other will offer longer, four-week employability sessions.

The hour-long job hunting online workshops address the fact that more and more vacancies being posted online. Job seekers are welcome to attend up to two of these free workshops before March 2015, when they’ll discover the best ways to use search engines and online job resources to improve their chances of securing work.

Fiona Williams, chief executive of explore York libraries and archives, said: “In this digital age, it’s essential that we get to grips with the internet, especially when searching and applying for jobs. Explore can help the people of York to do so with our free and dedicated support and advice.”

The hour-long sessions will take place at Explore Clifton Library on Mondays from 2pm – 3pm. To book call (01904) 552662, and at Explore Acomb Library on Wednesdays 10am – 11am. To book call (01904) 552651.

The sessions are running from now until the end of March. To book a place, please call one of the libraries above – early booking is encouraged.

Longer-term support for those seeking work is offered by York Learning’s series of four-week employability courses. People are supported in internet use and the basics of using email as well as how to use the Universal Jobs Match website.

These four-week courses run from 9.30am – 2pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Explore York Library from January 22 - February 13, then from March 4 - 27 and from April 15 - May 9. To book call 554277 for further details. The courses are free of charge for those claiming benefits.

The workshops are in addition to a new charity-run job club being held at Tang Hall library in Fifth Avenue on Friday at 1pm. As reported in yesterday, the Christian's Against Poverty Job Club is offering a free service help equip people with the tools and skills to find work.