Owning Your Job Search

By Jamie W. Mon, September 29, 2014

Everyone knows that finding a job is hard. In your job search, you'll hear a lot of advice and will likely follow a few dead ends before you succeed, but it is possible to find valuable help too. The Free Library can be an important part of your search strategy. Here are some of the ways we can help... 

Our Job Searchers' page will lead you to local career services organizations, as well as offer valuable advice on writing your résumé, cover letter, and tips for acing the interview. Interested in opportunities at local non-profits? Our list of local non-profit openings is updated weekly. You can also visit any of our 54 locations to take advantage of our public computers, printers, and Wi-Fi. Or visit the Education, Religion, and Philosophy Department on the 2nd floor of the Parkway Central library, for extended-time computer sessions and other resources in the Workplace. Email or call 215-686-5436 for more information. 

But we know you can't always find the time to visit us in person, so we make as many resources as we can available to you online. If you have an internet connection and a Free Library card number and PIN, you can connect to a number of valuable resources from your location. These resources will not only help you search jobs and create a great resume, but they will also help you develop your skills and make yourself more attractive to employers. You'll find links to each of the resources listed below on our database page

Career Cruising - Take a job assessment to discover a career that suits your interests and skills. Research careers and get the inside scoop on what a job is really like and search a massive job bank of current opportunities. Also available in Spanish.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center - With this resource you can connect live and chat with a qualified tutor every day between 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and have your résumé and cover letter critiqued. While Brainfuse tutors can help you brush up on your skills, you can also upload your résumé or cover letter for get expert feedback within 24 hours. Live Help and resume services are also available in Spanish.  

Learning Express Library - Take practice exams for the GED, SAT, and more. Take practice entrance exams for allied health careers, nursing, civil service, police, fire fighter, CDL, teaching, and more. Citizenship and practice GED tests also available in Spanish.

Universal Class - Enjoy fully accredited online learning and continuing education (earn CEUs), while you take courses in a wide variety of subjects. Universal Class allows you to interact with your teachers and other students online and learn at your own pace.

My Job Scout  - Are you new to the internet but need to apply for a job online? My Job Scout could be the solution. At this site you can learn the basics about online job searching, step-by-step. Get help setting up an email address, creating a resume, filling out an online application, and more. Also available in Spanish.

At the Free Library, we know how difficult a job search can be and we strive to do all we can to support you in your efforts. Good luck!

Photo: Kate Hiscock - Creative Commons License - https://www.flickr.com/photos/slightlyeverything/
Photo: Kate Hiscock - Creative Commons License - https://www.flickr.com/photos/slightlyeverything/

Comments

Yes I would like to take advantage of some of the resources that can help me land a job.I need a resume
Johnny Wilcox - Philadelphia, Sat, October 25, 2014

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