Careers and Job Seeking

The Workplace is a service that supports job seekers within the Business Resource & Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Since 1987, Workplace has provided current information and resources on changing careers, job searching techniques, and emerging employment fields to help career changers and job seekers achieve their goals. Whether you are writing your first resume and cover letter, need a resume makeover, or would like to learn about online job seeking resources, start here!

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The Workplace is excited to offer one-on-one sessions with a librarian. We can provide individual training on our databases with regard to effective job search strategies, navigating job sites and descriptions, resume and cover letter review, and LinkedIn assistance. Appointments are generally 20 to 45 minutes in length. Schedule your appointment today.

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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5436
workplace@freelibrary.org

Hours

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

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Ask the HR Department

Wed, October 3, 2018 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Does Human Resources mystify you? Join us to find out what the HR department actually does, what they don't do, and dispel common myths. Have all your questions answered! Click this link to register. Upon registration you will have the chance to submit your questions. Plus, use hashtag…

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Resume Review

Wed, October 10, 2018 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Stop by the Workplace between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to have your resume reviewed by a hiring manager with over two decades of experience hiring, firing, and managing employees.  No registration is required! You will be seen on a first-come first-served basis. This event is generously…

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Sample Documents & Guides

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Just getting started? Find inspiration in this collection of sample job seeker information and quick resource guides. If you need additional assistance, contact the Workplace or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Databases & Digital Resources

Explore our extensive collection of databases for jobs and job seekers. If you need additional assistance utilizing the databases contact the Workplace or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Online Resources


Curated especially for the needs of local job seekers, these websites will help you continue your job search and stay up to date with career resources in Philadelphia. For more information, contact the Workplace or schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

PA CareerLink

CareerLink centers provide access to job listings, local education and training, and help with filing claims for unemployment insurance. Most services are available at no cost to workers, job seekers, and businesses.

Urban League Career Center

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

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.

Green Jobs Philly

Green Jobs Philly provides opportunities for careers and training in energy-efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Business Network

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

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.

Your Resume

Your resume is a simple document showing your contact information, your work history, your educational background and other qualifications for a job. Check our sample resume in the Sample Documents & Guides section. You should always have an online version of your resume saved for quick access. Try free online storage such as Google Drive or Dropbox. You can always access, edit, and send your resume from the cloud! You can create a resume using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Once you've completed your document, remember to regularly update the content.

Your Email Account

You will need a professional email account to apply for jobs online and for employers to contact you. Sometimes you will send your resume to employers using your email account. Google offers free Gmail accounts. Create an account at google.com to access your email, online storage, and more.

Job Websites

Once you have your resume, you are ready to apply for jobs. Here is a sample list of job websites to get you started.

General Job Websites
  • Indeed - Search results from hundreds of job boards and company websites
  • Career Builder - Classified sections of more than 150 U. S. newspapers and over 1,000 partner company websites
  • Idealist - Search jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, events, and organizations at social impact and nonprofit organizations
  • Glassdoor - Job boards along with information on companies, industries, salaries, and careers
  • SimplyHired - Search for job opportunities. Browse by job category, city, state, employer and more.
  • Best Jobs USA - Search jobs by career, by employer or by location
  • Employment Guide - Job search that includes work-at-home opportunities
  • Snag A Job - Part-time and full-time hourly jobs, mainly entry level for teens, college students, retirees and others in retail, foodservice, entertainment, customer service and more
  • Monster - More than 800,00 job listings, career information and advice
  • The Black Collegian Online - Career advice, resume management and job search tools for students of color
  • School District of Philadelphia - Job listings, application forms, and instructions on how to apply for School District of Philadelphia jobs.
  • Greater Philadelphia Film Office - The Greater Philadelphia Film Office lists some movie industry jobs (e.g. cast, crew, extras, interns, volunteers) for movies filming in Philadelphia.
  • Philadelphia International Airport - Information and job opportunities with the Philadelphia International Airport.
  • PowerCorps PHL - Information and job opportunities with the PowerCorps PHL.
Government Job Websites
Before the Interview

Learn about the company or organization!
Be prepared to show your knowledge about the company during an interview. Most have websites that can help you learn about them. Find out:

  • what the company or organization does
  • the number of employees and locations in the Philadelphia area
  • recent changes and new products or programs
Make an appointment with a librarian to learn how to use databases and online resources to research companies!
Getting to the Interview

No matter how you will travel to the interview, plan the trip in advance. Find out the exact interview location, including the correct address, floor, office or suite number. Figure out how long the trip should take, and add extra time for delays.

What to Wear
Men
  • Solid dress shirt in white, cream or pale blue
  • Dress slacks, no jeans
  • Solid blazer or suit, if appropriate
  • Well polished shoes and socks in a dark color
  • Perfume or cologne should be kept to a minimum
Women
  • Tailored, conservative dress or suit in neutral or solid dark color
  • Shoes should be basic pumps or flats with low or medium heel
  • Simple hairstyle
  • Makeup, jewelry, and perfume or cologne should be kept to a minimum
Best Practices
  • Arrive a little early and be friendly to all you meet.
  • Do your homework. Prepare three good questions that will show that you know what the company is all about.
  • Bring several copies of your resume and your list of references in your briefcase or folder.
  • Try to relax and become comfortable with the interviewer.
  • Watch your body language! Sit up straight and look interested. Good eye contact, a warm and natural smile and a firm handshake help you present a confident image.
  • Watch your grammar and mind your manners.
  • Emphasize the positive.
  • Be ready to describe what you can do for the organization.
  • Be prepared to ask questions. Almost all interviewers will ask if you have any questions, so have some ready. Questions about the company should relate to information you've learned from your research.
Don'ts
  • Don't chew gum, bring a beverage or invite friends into the interview.
  • Don't leave your cell phone on—turn it off.
  • Don't play comedian or try to entertain the interviewer. It's important to be personable, but don't overdo it.
  • Don't exaggerate or lie. You might be tempted to embellish your achievements in the interview, but it will come back to haunt you on the job!
  • Don't be afraid to think before you speak. Think first about what you want to communicate.
  • Don't speak badly about your former employer. If there were problems with previous experiences, try to put your answers in the positive rather than the negative.
  • Don't be the first person to bring up salary or vacation.
  • Don't expect an immediate job offer.
After the Interview

A thank you note should be sent the same day as the interview. Thank your interviewer for the opportunity and remind them you are still interested in the job. This is an opportunity to remind the interviewer or strong points of your interview and/or skills you possess that enhance your application.

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