Resources for Job Seekers
Job Seeker Support Workshops to be offered at Sixteen Acres Branch Library
Series Kick-Off: Tuesday, June 9, 6-7:30 pm
Kat Mangiafico, Supervisor of Supported Employment with Opportunity Services, will discuss the workshops. Come ready to ask questions and receive answers! Light refreshments will be served.
Workshops will be held at the Sixteen Acres Community Room and/or Study Room, Tuesdays from 6 – 8 pm, June 23 – Sept 1, 2015
Sign up online
Springfield City Library and Opportunity Services will offer a 10 week series of workshops designed to support those returning or reentering the workforce. Sustainable employment happens when individuals are empowered to manage their emotions and are able to choose the right attitude needed for any situation. These workshops will offer a supportive and structured environment for participants to explore the emotional intelligence needed to gain and sustain employment! Participants will learn how to manage anger/anxiety issues, job performance, build confidence, and learn to create flexible, healthy relationships with employers and coworkers. Participants should be able to commit to attending all 10 workshops. Please preregister for these free workshops by calling Sixteen Acres at 413-263-6858 or by filling out the form provided online.
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 Online Resources
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.
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 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.
- Yahoo!: http://mail.yahoo.com
- Gmail: http://mail.google.com
- Mail.com: http://service.mail.com/registration.html
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.