Resources for Job Seekers
Register to Work with SkillSmart!
Want to find a job in the greater Springfield area? Learn how to sign up with the online program known as SkillSmart. Skillsmart, is a job-seeker platform designed to match your skills to careers.
Once you have a profile in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important employment updates in the greater Springfield area.
The library offers occasional classes and workshops for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and jobseekers. Check back for new listings.
Looking for a Job? Sign up with Skillsmart!
Central Library, Computer Lab, Second Wednesday of each month, May 9, June 13, from 4-5 PM
Drop-in to the Central Library computer lab on the second Wednesday of each month to sign up for Skillsmart and get an overview of the website. Learn how to sign up with Skillsmart, the job-seeker website designed to match your skills to careers in greater Springfield.
Book A Librarian
Librarians are available for one-on-one sessions to help with your resume, cover letters, online applications, and more. To schedule an appointment, call or visit the Springfield City Library location most convenient to you for half-hour tutoring sessions.
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.