Avoid application errors, answer challenging interview questions with confidence and identify important skills with Get Hired help from the Pierce County Library System.

Employment experts from WorkForce Central and WorkSource Washington will join library staff to lead a series of free courses to help people find their first job or a better one, according to a library system news release.

“Many people start their job search at the library,” Pierce County Library System’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax states in the release. “Connecting job seekers with employment experts take applicants to the next level and provides them with skills training and information about the job search process that helps candidates stand out and get the job.”

Upcoming events include:

•Effective Applications and Resumes

Get tips for creating effective applications, resumes and cover letters while learning how to navigate those sometimes-sticky situations in the application process. Registration is required. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100 or from 2 – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at Fife Pierce County Library, 6622 20th St. E.

Perfecting Applications

Learn how employers read applications and become better prepared to meet an employer’s expectations. Explore organizing and communicating skills and abilities to stand out from the crowd. Registration is required. The event is from 2 – 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.

Prepare for Job Interviews

Learn the benefits of pre-interview prep and how to respond to challenging questions in a positive way. All attendees will receive an interview survival handout. Registration is required. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E., Suite 29, Milton. Or from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Puyallup.

•Stress Management

Learn about stress during the job search and how to manage it, including defining stress and how it impacts lives, job seeker depression, anxiety, self-confidence in the job search, PTSD and self-care. Registration is required. The event is from 2 – 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at the Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma.

 •Skills and Abilities Analysis

Identify, demonstrate and gain confidence in skills and personal qualities in ways that will be meaningful to employers. Learn oral communication skills and practice delivering a 60-second high-impact presentation to potential employers. Registration is required. The event is from 2 – 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.

•Interviewing Techniques

Learn valuable interviewing tips and have the chance to practice answers to frequently asked and sometimes difficult questions in a supportive, realistic environment. Registration is required. The event is from 2 – 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2-4:15 p.m., Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.

Get Hired also offers free technology certifications. Enroll at http://techcert.pcls.us, take online courses and practice tests, and certify at the Library. Certifications are available for:

 •Adobe products such as Animate, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Premiere Pro.

•Microsoft programs such as Access 2016, Excel 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016 and Word 2016.

•Block Based Languages, Cloud, Database, HTML and CSS, HTML5, Java, JavaScript, Mobility and Devices, Networking, Python, Security, Software Development, Windows OS and Windows Server.

•QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online

Find more resources to achieve career success at http://gethired.pcls.us.