COVID-19 business closures will have a short- and long-term impact on Pittsburghers’ economic well-being. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has a robust network of organizations that support workers and small businesses, and many, including Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, are offering the remote services described below.
Resumes, Mock Interviews, and Skills Updates
If you are working on a resumé to prepare for a new job or career, or you want to brush up on your video or phone interview skills, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh can help you with our new remote resumé review or mock interview service. To schedule an appointment for these services, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are just trying to stay fresh while working from home, don’t forget that Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers access to Lynda.com and its thousands of training videos at no cost to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh card holders.
Unemployment Support and Career Counseling
Pennsylvania unemployment compensation might be available to you if you have been impacted by job loss because of COVID-19. The official Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation website is the best place to find out if you are eligible, and to begin an unemployment claim.
The JFCS Career Development Center is operating career services remotely on a full-time basis to provide individual career counseling and offering resources to help workers better understand unemployment compensation programs and support those who may struggle with reduced hours and lay-offs. If you are interested in accessing the JFCS Career Development Center’s career services and support, call 412-422-5627 or email email@example.com.
Local PA CareerLink offices are closed, but CareerLink staff are offering telephone career services and prescreening interview phone calls for various regional jobs at their Downtown office (412-512-7100) and Forest Hills office (412-436-2225). Call either office to find out more.
Job Postings and Youth Summer Employment
Pittsburgh’s workforce development board, Partner4Work, created a helpful website that includes additional local workforce resources, and information about important regional job openings, such as Production Assembler Worker at Phillips Respironics.
In addition, Partner4Work manages Pittsburgh’s summer youth employment program, Learn and Earn. Learn and Earn is still scheduled for this summer, but its application assistance centers are currently closed. However, youth applying for summer jobs can still receive application help by calling 412-932-2950, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.facebook.com/learnandearnpittsburgh for more information.
Growing or Starting a Business
If you already own a small business that you hope to grow, or you are using your time at home to plan the business you’ve always dreamed about, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has numerous online business resources for you to explore. I will point out especially Reference USA, which is helpful for doing competitor research and creating marketing lists, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library and its Business Plans Handbook.
Supporting an Existing Business
For small businesses that are at risk because of COVID-19 closures, Allegheny Conference on Community Development has created a COVID-19 response website that includes critical resources. See in particular the Small Business Resources section near the bottom of the page; it includes Federal, State, and Local help for small businesses.
Additional Support and Learning Opportunities
There are also local organizations offering webinars and video meetups of their regularly scheduled offerings. See, for instance, the Mechanics of Starting a New Business webinar hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence; PA Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2020 Coronavirus and Small Business Next Steps and Best Practices Webinar; and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s upcoming Daily Interactive Web Calls.
Grant seeking nonprofit organizations don’t have to miss having access to the Foundation Directory Online during Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s closure. Candid, the company that maintains this essential listing of grant information, has temporarily made remote access available. To learn how to use this resource online, contact us at email@example.com.
General Nonprofit Support
The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management is a key local resource for nonprofits to learn more about starting or running a nonprofit. Although their in-person classes and location are currently closed, their staff are working remotely and can be reached at 412-397-6000 or BCNM@rmu.edu. In addition, a local nonprofit sector consultancy called Curio412 is leading Virtual Roundtables on Response and Resiliency that could be beneficial to your nonprofit organization.
I hope these resources are helpful for you at this time, and I will update this blog post as new information becomes available. If you have other questions that aren’t addressed here, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and Carnegie Library of Staff will work to get you to the right place.