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!

Our Services

  • The Workplace offers group class instruction and one-on-one instruction by appointment
  • Present and provide free and low-cost workshops and programs
  • Provide free access to electronic resources
  • Provide a comprehensive collection of print resources on topics including: careers, job seeking and career skills, resumes, cover letters, etiquette, and more
  • Curated list of online resources and sample documents

Start Here!

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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CareerLink® Job Search Help

Tue, September 21, 2021 10:00 A.M.
Frankford Library

Looking for a Job? Need to update your resume? Learn how to apply for jobs online Learn about resources PA CareerLink®  has to offer from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

CareerLink Job Searching

Tue, September 21, 2021 1:00 P.M.
Holmesburg Library

- Get help with your resume, job search, interviewing, online applications and more! Service provided by CareerLink from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Free; no registration required.

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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.

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 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
  • 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.
  • PA CareerLink®- Job search tool that connects you to job openings across Pennsylvania, and allows you to apply through PA CareerLink® or the employer's website.
  • Zip Recruiter - Search for jobs, view salaries, and maintain a profile for employers to view.
  • Link Up - Data driven job search website that maintains up to date posts through tracking employer's websites.
Government Job Websites Freelance Job Websites
  • We Work Remotely - Job search site explicitly for remote work, with option to search by career field, company, and more.
  • UpWork - Make a profile and be connected to employers searching for short- term workers or help on a specific project in a variety of industries.
  • Freelancer - Search short-term job/task postings and make a bid for jobs that suit your interest and pay level.
  • Guru - Search short-term or specific task projects and send a quote to the employer.
  • Fiverr - Make a profile and search for a variety of short-term employment opportunities.
  • TaskRabbit - Search for local individuals in need of short-term manual labor for tasks such as contactless delivery, running errands, assembling, and more.
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services - Search an updated portal of volunteer opportunities in Philadelphia.
  • Volunteer Match - Search this leading website in volunteer opportunities which posts local, regional, national, and international volunteer opportunities.
  • Idealist - Alongside job opportunities in the nonprofit sphere, connect to a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
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
  • 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
  • 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'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 of strong points of your interview and/or skills you possess that enhance your application.

If you need assistance finding careers that match your interests, try these resources.

  • 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.
  • Gladeo - This tool asks you a series of questions about your preferences and interests, and recommends careers to consider based on your personality type.
  • Career Technical Education - A printable career cluster quiz which designates points for clusters which better fit your interests. Spanish language version also available.
  • Career One Stop - This resource provides introductory videos to hundreds of different careers divided into 16 work sectors. Spanish language version also available.

Find free career advice and tips on topics such as interview tips, resume and cover letter samples, and more.

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