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Job Seeker Workshop Series: Finding, Getting, and Keeping a Job

Read/Write/Now Center
Library Express at Pine Point
204 Boston Road

Are you looking for work, but don’t know how to get started or where to look? Want to brush up on your interviewing skills? Want to make sure you keep the next job that you get?

Join us at the Read/Write/Now Center for a free three-part job seeker workshop series led by Workforce Team educators from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s After Incarceration Support Systems program.

Wednesday, May 24th:
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Finding the job:
This workshop will cover topics such as: 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.

Wednesday, May 31st:
12-1:30 PM
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Getting the job:
This workshop will survey cover letter basics and interviewing skills.

Wednesday, June 7th:
12-1:30 PM
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Keeping the job:
This workshop will focus on work/life balance and the soft skills necessary to do well in a work environment.



skillsmart

Register to Work with MGM!
1st Monday of every month – SkillSmart @ Central Library’s Rice Hall at 2pm
2nd Friday of every month – SkillSmart @ Mason Square Branch at 3pm
3rd Tuesday of every month – SkillSmart @ Sixteen Acres Branch at 4pm

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.



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.