Looking for a job? The Library is here to help!

By Omelio Alexander, Digital Resource Specialist, Paschalville Library

The Free Library of Philadelphia is currently only open at limited locations and on a limited schedule as we adjust to this new normal for the safety of the public and our staff. You may be wondering how you can access our services, particularly how the Library can help get you back into the workforce as our economy recovers. No worries, we are still here for you. While in-person assistance is something we will be navigating carefully, we have many virtual resources available, including many specifically geared to job searching and professional development. When accessing those resources you can call your local library to get guidance or our Helpline 1-833-TALK-FLP (1-833-825-5357). You may even find yourself speaking with me. And as you may have come to expect from me at Paschalville, I will do my best to help you, as will my colleagues.

There are also virtual programs that you can sign up for, like live résumé reviews and mock interviews through our Workplace department: freelibrary.org/workplace. I also offer résumé reviews through email for Paschalville’s Job Readiness Lab. You can email your résumés to: PaschalvilleJobReadinessLab@gmail.com. In the email, please place “Résumé Review” in the subject line, be sure to include the type of job you are seeking, and share your professional strengths in the body of the email. Upon receipt, I will review your résumé and offer you suggestions on how it can be improved.

We are all eager for the libraries to reopen safely. But in the meantime, we invite you to take advantage of the many digital resources and virtual programs at your disposal. We are continually glad to be of service and echo the Health Department’s wise words: stay calm, stay alert, and stay safe.

Databases

To access, visit freelibrary.org. Click databases in the blue Find box. Filter by subject to select Jobs & Jobseekers. All databases are available to all Free Library locations and remotely with your library card and PIN.

Career Cruising 

Explore careers, education, and financial aid. Polish your skills and conduct an effective job search. Explore the Employment Guide that provides advice for all stages of your job search including developing a job search plan, to writing a résumé and cover letter, to preparing for interviews, and more.

Glassdoor

Glassdoor.com gives you an inside look at company salaries, reviews and interview questions for more than 28,000 companies.

Homework Help Online (Tutor.com)

Get live, online tutoring in English and Spanish, every day from 10 a.m. to midnight for K-12, college students, adult learners, and job seekers. Upload an essay or résumé and get feedback. Access a library of study, test prep and career resources.

Learning Express Library

This module offers sections on business writing, the job search, skills for success and skills for successful interviews.

Lynda.com

Enjoy free access to thousands of  beginner,  intermediate, and advanced courses in leadership, management techniques, résumé writing, productivity, business, technology, creative skills, and more  taught by industry experts.

Reference USA: U.S. Businesses, U.S. Jobs / Internships

Combines the power of business research tools and the job site, indeed.com. Search criteria includes: Job Title, Company Name, Business Type, Geography, and more.

Universal Class

Take online continuing education courses in a wide variety of subjects at your own pace from real instructors.

Resources

Résumés

Philadelphia Worksphilaworks.emsicareercoach.com

This website offers a résumé builder that uses ONET online to create content and creates a MS Word-compatible and editable document.

Canvacanva.com/templates/résumés

Get professionally designed résumé templates that you can customize and download as PDFs.

ONET Onlineonetonline.org

This resource offers a large database that compiles lists of tasks commonly associated with specific job titles. It’s a great resource for résumé content.

Other Helpful Resources

LinkedInlinkedin.com

This professional social media and networking site connects you with colleagues, employers, recruiters, and more.

GCF LearnFreegcflearnfree.org/jobsearch

Broswse this collection of tutorials on best practices while job seeking. You can also access how-tos on résumé and cover letter creation. 

Google Drive drive.google.com

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more. You can access templates including résumés, letters, proposals, and more. A Google/Gmail account is required to use Google Drive.  

Employment Websites

Indeed.com          Monster.com            

Snagajob.com      Simplyhired.com

Idealist.com          Careerrookie.com

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Job Bank – philaculture.org/what-we-do/job-bank

City of Philadelphia, Office of Human Resources (OHR) – phila.gov/personnel/JobOpps.html

Organizations

PA Careerlink – pacareerlink.pa.gov       

Philadelphia Works Inc – philaworks.org

Career Wardrobe – careerwardrobe.org

Urban League of Philadelphia – urbanleaguephila.org

Free Library Hotspots (free, one-on-one job-seeking assistance) – freelibrary.org/hotspots

Teen experience virtual reality with Omelio Alexander, Digital Resource Specialist at Paschalville Library, at Back to School Night in September 2019. (Photo: Annette Mattei)

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