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Job Search 101   Tags: adults, careers, employment, guide, help, job, jobs, occupations, unemployed, unemployment  

Find job opportunities, get advice on how to search and apply for positions, write a resume and more.
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Job Search 101


Library Events

View our Events calendar for all job-related events.

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Computer Classes

Register for Computer Classes held at the library.

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Websites for Job Openings

Browse websites for job openings.
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Websites for Job Search Tips

Browse websites for job search tips and advice.
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Referrals for Job Searching

Organizations, groups or businesses that can help.
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The Library Can Help!

The library provides a variety of aids for anyone looking for a job or career change.

  • Check out Optimal Resume to create a resume, cover letter, portfolio, website & more. Take a skills assessment or prep for an interview. Note: Get out your library card for this; you're going to need it.
  • Use our Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviews guide to brush up on your interview skills, update a resumé, or compose an effective cover letter and more.
  • If you're interested in changing professions, check out our Career guide for books and websites that will help.
  • Stop in the library to use the free wireless (Wi-Fi) connection, computer labs or laptops with Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader and more.
  • Need to print a resume? Just let us know; we offer 5 free copies of a resume per person.
  • Looking to start your own small business? Check out our Small Business Resources guide.

Books about Job Searching

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How to Get a Great Job: A Library How-to Handbook - American Library Association
Call Number: 650.14 HOW
This guide explains how public library resources can help job seekers research the job market, write resumes and cover letters, access online networking groups, gather knowledge about potential employers, improve interview skills, and negotiate salary and benefits.

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Job Hunter's Survival Guide
Call Number: 650.14 BOL

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Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy - Donald Asher
Call Number: 650.14 ASH
The author invites job seekers to develop strategies for finding jobs before they've been posted.

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Knock 'Em Dead 2011
Call Number: 650.14 YAT
The ultimate job seeker's guide.

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Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap into the Hidden Job Market Using Social Media and 999 Other Tactics Today - Jay Conrad Levinson
Call Number: 650.14 LEV
Explains how to utilize social networking tools as a means of taking control of the job search, including tips on how to leverage Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social networking sites.


Directories of Area Businesses

Browse these books about companies that may provide employment opportunities for your chosen career.

Business Rankings Annual
Provides "top 10" lists for companies such as, "Best Airline Companies for Gay & Lesbian Employees", "Most Generous US Companies in Cash Donations" and "Largest US Banks by Assets".

Hoover's Handbook of Emerging Companies
Call Number: 338.7 HOO
Find companies that are expanding or on the upswing. They're bound to be hiring!

Ohio Business Directory
Call Number: 338.0029 OHI
A directory of Ohio businesses with contact information, organized by industry and city.

Online Collections about Jobs & Job Searching

Get out your library card for these; you're going to need it!

  • AtoZdatabases
    A robust tool that can help you research companies, scope out the competition, discover potential clients or find your next job.
  • Columbus Dispatch
    Search the Columbus Dispatch newspaper for information about company expansions & other possible job opportunities.
  • Gale Directory Library
    Research information about brands & their companies or nonprofit organizations of national scope.
  • LearningExpressLibrary
    Search available jobs, take skills improvement courses and practice tests, create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking skills, take the Occupation Matcher assessment and more! (Note: Click on Job & Career Accelerator and create a username and password to participate.)
  • ReferenceUSA
    Find detailed information on millions of U.S. businesses, including annual sales, recent business news & management directories. Everything you need to help you decide where you send your resume.

Unemployment Information

Browse websites for unemployment resources.
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Ohio Means Jobs: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Need to find a job in Ohio? is a one-stop shop for searching for Ohio jobs and getting your resume online. Check out their how-to presentation by clicking on the Play button below.

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