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Drop-In Resume and Writing Assistance
Weekly on Fridays from January 27th through April 21st, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Mason Square Branch Library

Need help writing a resume? A cover letter? Do you want help proof-reading an essay for school or a scholarship application? Come down to the Mason Square Branch Library on Fridays between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. for one-on-one writing assistance with library intern, Samantha.

Writing a resume or cover letter from scratch? We’ll get you set up on a computer in the branch.

Already have something written out? Save the document to your email or bring it to the library on a flash drive. (Limit 6 pages.)



Not Your Mother’s Job Search!

Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street

This is a three-part program series for job seekers. It is a combination of presentations and hands-on workshops designed for those looking for work and wondering how best to go about it. Led by Barbara Foster, Career Development Counselor at Holyoke Community College. Funded in part by the Friends of the Library.

Part 1: RESUME WRITING 101
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Up-to-date resumes can help you land the job you want. In this workshop, you’ll learn what has changed in resume writing, how to tailor your resume using key words, how to submit your resume online and more. Cover letter writing will also be presented in this interactive workshop and presentation.

Part 2: INTERVIEW WITH CONFIDENCE
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Preparation is key to handling a job interview well. In this workshop, participants will practice how to handle those difficult questions and learn how to deal with various types of interview styles and formats including telephone and Skype interviews.

Part 3: JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Employees need a variety of strategies to succeed in today’s challenging job market. Networking, attending job fairs, performing informational interviews, and using your social media network can all help. How to stay motivated despite the challenges is also covered in this interactive workshop and more.



ERC (Employment Resource Collection)

The Employment Resource Collection (ERC) is a collection of books, catalogs, and brochures selected to help job seekers find work, professional training, and/or further their education. Subjects covered in the ERC include test preparation for schooling and trades; resume writing, job interview skills, career guidance, college and scholarship information, and other related topics. The largest ERC is housed at the Central Library in Wellman Hall with over 750 job seeker books and resources, though the Brightwood, Forest Park, and Indian Orchard branches also have impressive selections of job seeker books in their ERCs too. Most ERC materials are available for loan, though some are intended for in-house use only.

Job seeker books and DVDs are available at all library locations including those that do not have specially designated ERCs. Please see your branch librarian for help finding these or any other library items.

Helpful call numbers:

  • Careers: 331.7-331.7020973
  • Test preparation: 378.1662 – 378.1664
  • College (selecting and paying for): 378.3 – 378.7309
  • Resumes: 650.14
  • Cover letters: 650.142
  • Spanish: 860s

Helpful Lists

Helpful Online Resources

Learning Express

Learning Express is a web resource designed to help people find success with work and school. It is easy to use, and can help job seekers in many ways. Available for use in the library or remotely at your home or business.

For job seekers, the best places to start within Learning Express are the Jobs and Careers and Job Search and Workplace Skills Learning Centers which offer online courses, eBooks and more for creating resumes, for building networking skills, for interviewing and the like to help you find success on the job. Download our flyer here.

Log in here: Register with your Springfield City Library card number and a password of your choice.

Career Transitions

Complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job. With Career Transitions users can:

  • Prepare build, save, retrieve and update personal career information with a career toolkit
  • Assess explore current skills, occupational knowledge and interests and match them with fulfilling career paths
  • Explore investigate thousands of career paths, industries, locations and companies
  • Improve find educational opportunities and take classes to increase hiring chances
  • Apply search job listings from around the country that meet user criteria

Log in here (Requires a Springfield City Library card)

Brainfuse

Brainfuse offers live tutors and job coaches. It’s a one-stop resource for job seekers! Tutors and Coaches are available to assist with:

  • Writing resumes and cover letters
  • Job interviewing skills
  • Test preparation skills for the ASVAB, EMT, CDL and tests in many other fields
  • Accessing resources best suited to your interests and qualifications

By clicking on the Adult Learners tab at the top of the page, you will have access to a multitude of websites for both local and national jobs.

By clicking on the LearnNow link you will be able to work on improving your computer skills (Microsft Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) or study for the HiSet (the new High School equivalency test, which has replaced the GED)! In addition, there are a variety of practice tests and resources to enhance your qualifications.

Log in here (Requires a Springfield City Library card)

Business & Nonprofit Databases

Use these online resources to investigate potential employers, to research markets and industries, to search for foundation grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations, and to search career and investment opportunities. All except the Foundation Center databases are available remotely at your home or business. Databases include: Business & Company Resource Center, RDS Business Suite, and Reference USA.

Log in here: Most databases will allow you immediate access; if prompted, enter your library card number.

Getting a FREE email account

Online job applications usually require the applicant to have an email account. Getting an email acccount is easy, and often free. To set up your own account, click on any of the links below and fill out the registration form. Ask a librarian if you need assistance.

Programs

The Springfield City Library occasionally offers job seeker programs including resume workshops, career discussions, and the like. Details of those programs will be listed on the Free Classes & Workshops page.