Beaverton City Library is currently looking into the possibility of putting together a spring Teen Job Fair in conjunction with Worksource Oregon and a representative from the Oregon State University Extension Service. We last offered job fairs for teens around 2009 and 2010 and have been eager to bring them back for a number of years. I’m aiming to structure the fair like our big annual Family Resource Fair with potential employers tabling rather than community organizations.
We had a fantastic response when we did this program in the past. We have had requests for this off and on. We have had good luck with other college and job prep events for teens and are hoping for the same with this event.
[Here are some tips for other libraries who want to try a Teen Job Fair]
- A community partner (or partners) is essential, especially when it comes to contacting potential employers who might want to table at your event.
- Start planning EARLY, 5-6 months in advance and before you do any advertising or announcements.
- Create a streamlined application form that potential employers will fill out to apply for a table. This will help make the even seem more official and cement commitments to participate more than simple email or oral community will. I am happy to share a draft of the form we’re using if you would like to adapt it.
- Create a small brochure/map of the room for attendees showing them where all of the tables are.
[In the past, attendance has been] pretty good, but we could always do better! As I mentioned before, we have had good luck with college prep and practice tests. All of the summer and spring break programs have our best attendance. During the school year I focus on my Teen Library Council and events with them, two writing contests (we generally get 150-250 entries for these), and our big annual Teen Art Show which draws between 500 and 700.
Getting the word out is always a challenge, as is keeping up with fast-moving trends and devising new programs that will draw a crown. I’m fortunate to be at a library that is so supportive of services for teens!
Written by Ian Duncanson
Beaverton City Library’s 2016-2017 statistics from the State Library of Oregon:
- County: Washington
- Population: 141,671
- Registered borrowers: 63,722
- Total library visits: 821,233
- Total library hours in a typical week: 63
- Total paid staff: 68.35
Want to share what your library is doing for teens? Contact Katie Anderson.