MAIN LIBRARY — At 19, Carmen Revier is getting ready to support a baby. After graduating from Holley High School in New York, he hitchhiked across the country to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skateboarder.

“I’m having a baby, so I can’t really skateboard right now,” said Revier, who arrived at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Career Day on Friday with the hopes of attaining help on finding a job.

The library hosted an afternoon of hour-long classes, which offered information on job-hunting tips, mock interview sessions and resume writing.

About 40 people attended the event, with a majority of them signing up for one-on-one resume feedback from professional recruiters from Elite Placement, a temporary employment agency, and UPS.

“A lot of people don’t even know [how to search], they don’t have that basic [knowledge] … . They know how to surf the Internet, but they go on Facebook or Perez Hilton. They don’t know how to find the information they need,” said Jeff Kaplan, a reference services librarian who spearheaded the event.

Kaplan, who also teaches a class on finding jobs at the Main Branch, empathizes with those who are out of work.

“I was unemployed for six months and it was the hardest experience of my life,” Kaplan said. “Just do what you can. Take advantage of the resources to get a job to make yourself as competitive as possible. There are jobs. There are just a lot more people competing for the same jobs now.”

Kaplan has noticed that since he began teaching the class in 2008, the average age of the group has gotten younger.

“It’s people who have a lot of the skills that the market needs … but the market is just so tight … . The oldest workers and the youngest are the most at risk,” Kaplan said.

Michelle Freed, 44, immigrated from Taiwan. After working as a flight attendant for Cathay Pacific and Quantas Airways, she quit her job to become a full-time mother.

“I always planned to go back to work when [my] children grew older, but I’m not sure this is the economy or the society… whole things changed,” Freed said.

Although she graduated from college in Taiwan with a degree in accounting, she finds herself struggling to compete with new college graduates.

“I find it difficult and I feel sometimes [I’m] being discriminated [against]. A lot of recruiters they call me back and they ask, ‘you haven’t been working in the last three years?’” Freed said. “We stay at home moms has a lot to do… . We’re problem solving. We’re communicating. And I feel like we’ve been discarded.”

At 67, Rita Northup, an artist and photographer in Venice, has been unemployed for two years.

“I think a lot of this is age, and I’m overqualified,” Northup said. “They said to take out this job [on my resume] so that [I] won’t look old.”

She spent most of her career working as a purchasing manager at a frame store, but now relies on Social Security checks to cover her rent.

“I think [Career Day] was very interesting, because it gave me the opportunity to look at other things besides Craigslist,” Northup said.

In addition to Career Day at the Main Branch, the Santa Monica Public Library also offers free one-on-one career advice and resume critiques by appointment at the Fairview Branch.

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