Why online tools are key to finding work (GOW214 Romania)

The Workplace I love

Sorin Micu is a regular reader of the Department for News and Legislation of the “Ştefan Bănulescu” County Library of Slobozia, county of Ialomiţa.

Currently unemployed, he uses the library’s computers and the print and online news media to look for a job. He underwent bad experiences regarding deprivation of liberty, was rehabilitated and this is why he tells us that his life was not so easy.

He graduated from a vocational school in Urziceni, with the qualification of agricultural mechanic. After graduation, he joined the Toredo Circus in Bucharest, where he worked for 13 years as caretaker and property master.

As he proudly states: “In 2000 I had the opportunity to go to the Great Moscow Circus where I was awarded an animal caretaker certificate”. In 2013 he was compelled to give up work because of a spine injury. We, the librarians from the Department for News and Legislation have guided him to various websites where jobs may be found, such as: ejobs.ro, joburi-online, metacautare.ro, joburi-pe-net.blogspot.com and findjob.ro.

In addition, we provide him advice in drafting and improving his resume and his letters of intent for the jobs he intends to apply for. Sorin received support during the campaign to create and email account and a Facebook account. The “Get Online!” 2014 Campaign brought momentum to and made him persevere in looking for a job by sending his resume to as many companies, but it made him, as well, to persist in learning to use the internet to communicate with friends from whom he had no news for a long time.

Recently, just last week, a dear friend and former work colleague announced him through Facebook that the position of caretaker at the same Toredo Circus is available and is waiting for him. We are pleased that we made this communication possible. Micu Sorin has no computer at home and no money for an Internet cafe. If there would have not existed the library, the “Biblionet” programme and the “Get Online!” 2014 Campaign for him it would have been much difficult to find a job, and especially that workplace he “loves”, as he says himself.  

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