Job & Career Resources at Your Library

Not many people realize the incredible amount of job resources that are available through their local library. If you are the job hunting, looking for a new career, need a new resume or trying to build some great skills, you should visit your library's website or stop by the library to see what's available. 

What Job or Career? If you need to transition into another field, consider what talents, skills and abilities you have and places that NEED those.  The library usually subscribes to premium online tools that can help you assess your interests and narrow down potential jobs/careers - and even help you find job postings. You will need to enter your library card number and PIN to access these from home. A favorite at my library is the Career Guidance Center through Infobase. A free resource comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook (which is now online and not just a handbook!).

Books! Scanning through some resume books is a quick way to formulate a plan for your resume. You will find different approaches that can highlight and lowlight your strengths/weaknesses. They are expensive to buy so borrow or snap a photo or photocopy your favorites.  Look for 650.1 on the spine for great career resources. Some favorites of mine are the Knock 'Em Dead series and What Color is Your Parachute?

Computers! If you need some space to work, computers or printers - you can use what's available at the library. It's likely full of people just like you and usually library staff is happy to help with simple formatting and printing.

Job Resources - Each state has free employment resources and use the public libraries as a place to disseminate them. This means that the staff knows great websites within your state or places to go for building new skills to qualify for jobs. Local community colleges often provide inexpensive or free classes to people who are unemployed or underemployed.  Your library staff will likely know about these also!

Librarians - Ask them for assistance or guidance! They know more than just books. They applied and got their jobs too!

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Andrea Pearlstein