Resources for Job Seekers
Register to Work with MGM!
1st Thursday of every month (Beginning in October) – SkillSmart @ Central Library Computer Lab at 2pm
2nd Friday of every month – SkillSmart @ Mason Square Branch at 3pm
3rd Tuesday* of every month – SkillSmart @ Sixteen Acres Branch at 4pm
*Note: The November 21 program @ Sixteen Acres Branch has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 22nd
Want to get a job at the casino? MGM Springfield will conduct its hiring using an online program known as SkillSmart.
Now you can get help setting up a SkillSmart profile in three different library locations! Kat Mangiafico, of Opportunity Services, will hold monthly SkillSmart Registration drop-in sessions at the Central Library, the Mason Square Branch, and the Sixteen Acres Branch.
Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important MGM Springfield employment updates.
No registration required. Bring a friend and tell your family! Brought to you by Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services, Inc.
Know Your Rights
An Information Session about Applying for Jobs with a Criminal Record
*Note: This program has been canceled forTuesday, November 14 at 10:30 am.
Please check back for the rescheduled date and time.
FutureWorks Career Center
1 Federal Street, Springfield
An information session for job seekers with criminal records by Anne Keyworth, AmeriCorps Attorney with Community Legal Aid, and Susan Garcia Nofi, Staff Attorney with Central West Justice Center.
Come learn information about applicant’s rights and protections during the job seeking process. Community Legal Aid attorneys will talk about criminal record sealing, the different types of background checks, employer access to records, handling open cases, understanding case dispositions, and self-advocacy. The session will also cover the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s requirements for employment at MGM’s casino, and additional common employment barriers.
This is an information session and no individual advice will be given during this event.
Ready to Work: Microsoft Office and Job Seeker Workshop Series
Thursday, December 7, December 14, and December 21
Looking for a new job? Want to increase your computer skills? Looking to impress during an interview?
The Springfield City Library is partnering with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s Workforce Team to provide a free two-part training program for jobseekers featuring Microsoft Office classes and job seeker workshops.
Held on three consecutive Thursdays in December, the Microsoft Office classes are scheduled in the Central Library Computer Lab from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the job seeker workshops are scheduled in the community room from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served between sessions.
Registrants should plan to attend all sessions. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate and a referral for a either a free suit or interview outfit, courtesy of Suit Up Springfield or Dress for Success.
Registration is limited. Sign-Up HERE.
Thursday, December 7
10:00-12:00 – Word: Having good word processing skills is fundamental to achieving success at the computer. Come to this two-hour, hands-on workshop for an introduction to the most popular word processing program, Microsoft Word, and sharpen your skills with standard formatting and editing tools.
12:00-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-2:30 – Finding a Job: What you need to do before you start your job search, job-search strategies, and local resources and organizations that can help with the job-search process.
Thursday, December 14
10:00-12:00 – Microsoft Powerpoint: PowerPoint is everywhere! This powerful software package is used at home and at work for organizing slides and photos, and helping people give great presentations. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll make multipaged, basic PowerPoint files complete with edited images and enhanced with stylish templates giving you the skill needed for success with this popular program.
12:00-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-2:30 – Getting a Job: This workshop focuses on cover letter basics, resumes, and interviewing skills.
Thursday, December 21
10:00-12:00 – Microsoft Excel: Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, the world’s leading desktop spreadsheet. Excel is used both at home and in the office to help with a wide range of personal and business management services including basic bookkeeping and accounting, to maintaining mailing lists and more.
12:00-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-2:30 – Keeping a Job: This workshop will go over work/life balance and the skills needed for the modern work environment.
*Note: This program is for adults with keyboard and mouse skills.
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 collection 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 areas for their Employment Resource Collections. 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
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.
Log in here: Register with your Springfield City Library card number and a password of your choice.
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 JobNow 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 using the Search box on the front page, you will have access to a multitude of websites for both local and national jobs.
By clicking on the SkillSurfer 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: Foundation Directory Online, Small Business Resource Center, and Reference USA.
Start your search: 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.