Resources For Job Seekers

Are you new to using computers in your job search? Are you looking for free career resources? Find employment tools, websites, and databases.

Just getting started?

Explore the Basics: from setting up an email account to writing your resume and submitting it online

DigitalLearn.org – If you are new to using computers in your job search, haven’t used them for a while, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Video tutorials and printable instructions are available on the following topics:

Intro to EmailIntroducción a Correo electrónico
Creating ResumesHojas de Vida
Microsoft Word(en Español)
Online Job SearchingLa Búsqueda de Trabajo en línea
and more

The Springfield City Library regularly offers classes on Computer Basics visit our adult programs page for more information and to register for upcoming classes.

Our Book A Librarian service is available for one-on-one assistance with basic computing, job searching, resume writing, or just figuring out how to use different features on your smart phone. To schedule an appointment, call or visit the Springfield City Library location most convenient to you for half-hour tutoring sessions.

Looking for Free Job Resources?

Use Online Tools: from writing a resume to taking practice tests for your CDL driver's exam
Write ResumesSend EmailCareer CentersOpportunitiesSkill BuildingResearch

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

Create your own account with a  username and password  for access to the Resume Lab or to work on improving your computer skills (Micrsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) or study for the HiSet! In addition, there are a variety of practice tests and resources to enhance your qualifications. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

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. Includes: powerful job search functionality, guided resume and cover letter creation, interview preparation tool, and interactive practice activities. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

DigitalLearn.orgHojas de Vida

Online job applications usually require the applicant to have an email account. Getting an email account 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.

Gmail
Mail.com
Yahoo Mail

After Incarceration  Support Services – Hampden County Sheriff’s Department – 736 State Street, Springfield (413) 781-2050. The Reentry Center assist job seekers with job readiness skills,
job placement, and job retention.

CareerPoint –  850 High Street Holyoke (413) 532-4900.  Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center.

MassHire Springfield Career Center – 1 Federal Street, Building 103-3, Springfield (413) 858-2800. Local services include job postings; no cost workshops in resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiations and many more; use of computers, FAX machines, phones and copiers; and access to trained professionals.

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County – 1441 Main Street, Suite 136, Springfield (413) 787-1547. Develop reemployment strategies for laid off workers, training programs for new workers and internships for youth.

ViabilityMove to Work / Workforce Alternatives – 979 Dickinson Street, Springfield.  A supported employment program that helps individuals with disabilities find and maintain jobs in the community.

City of Springfield – Employment opportunities

Idealist.org – Search jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities

Indeed.com – Search for a job or post your resume. Available in Spanish

JobQuest – The Commonwealth’s online job bank

MGM – Apply for open positions at MGM throughout the online SkillSmart platform

Monster.com – Search for a job or post your resume

SimplyHired.com – Search for a job

Springfield WORKS – Apply for local jobs through the online SkillSmart platform

Learning Express – Career tools include practice tests, preparation for entrance or occupation exams, skill-building courses,  job search and workplace skills and information you need to achieve the results you want.  Register with your library card number and a password of your choice. Requires a Springfield City Library card. Quick Guide to Learning Express

SkillSmart – The job-seeker website designed to match your skills to careers in greater Springfield. Once you have a profile uploaded in SkillSmart, you will automatically receive notifications on job openings, educational opportunities, and other important employment updates in the greater Springfield area.

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.

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

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


Need help with technology or using the library’s electronic resources? We can help you by phone, e-mail, in person or through our Book A Librarian service – available for one-on-one assistance with basic computing.