Job Seekers

The Free Library supports job seekers within the Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC). We provide current information and resources on changing careers, job searching techniques, and emerging employment fields to help career changers and job seekers. Whether you are writing your first resume and cover letter, need a resume makeover, or would like to learn about online job-seeking resources, this Explore Topic is full of helpful guides, links, and library resources to help you attain your goals!

Guides

Job Seekers

Links

  • Career One Stop

    This resource provides introductory videos to hundreds of different careers divided into 16 work sectors. Spanish language version also available.
  • Career Technical Education

    A printable career cluster quiz which designates points for clusters which better fit your interests. Spanish language version also available.
  • Culinary Agents

    Culinary Agents is a professional networking and job matching website designed for current and aspiring professionals in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. They offer resources, hiring events, and job listings in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
  • Gladeo

    This tool asks you a series of questions about your preferences and interests, and recommends careers to consider based on your personality type.
  • Job Seekers Digital Learning Databases

    The following Digital Learning Databases are available through the Free Library to help Job Seekers with their job search, continuing education, research business information, and even financial aid. All databases are available through all Free Library locations and remotely with your library card and PIN.
  • O-NET Interest Profiler

    This tool asks you a series of questions about your likes and dislikes, and recommends careers to consider based on your interests.
  • PA CareerLink

    PA CareerLink centers provide access to job listings, local education, and training, as well as help with filing claims for unemployment insurance. Most services are available at no cost to workers, job seekers, and businesses.
  • Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association

    The Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association (PACA) provides information on the aptitudes and abilities needed to train for a career in the construction industry.
  • Philadelphia Works

    Philadelphia Works develops and manages smart workforce solutions that respond to business needs and increase economic opportunity for all Philadelphia residents.
  • Sustainable Business Network

    The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) curates a list of job opportunities currently available in Philadelphia’s sustainable business community.
  • The Balance Careers

    The Balance Careers makes navigating your career easy. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on job searching, resume writing, salary negotiations, and other career planning topics. Whether you're looking to find a new job, advance at your current position, or explore new paths, our 20-year-strong library of more than 10,000 pieces of content will help you take your career to the next level.
  • The Glassdoor Blog

    Covers everything from career advice to the latest company headlines.
  • The Muse

    Get practical advice on finding a job, exploring career paths, and succeeding at work. Find job listings and explore companies whose people, perks, and values align with your unique professional needs.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is a unit of the United States Department of Labor. It is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics and serves as a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System.
  • U.S. Department of Labor

    The United States Department of Labor is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, reemployment services, and some economic statistics; many U.S. states also have such departments.
  • Urban League Career Center

    The Urban League Career Center offers services for job seekers that include seminars, individual career counseling, and access to job postings. Target participants include the unemployed, the under-employed, and returning residents.

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Blog Posts

PA CareerLink® is Back at the Free Library!

PA CareerLink® has partnered with the Free Library since 2019 to provide in-person job seeker services at neighborhood libraries around Philadelphia. Although the pandemic disrupted those services, we are pleased to announce that PA…

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