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Looking for a job?  Find help at any Library location. Free job search and career development classes are offered at the Central, Northgate and Rainier Beach branches. Special Job Search computers are also available at these locations.  For more information call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

 

Getting Started

Career Discovery & Job Skills

Cover Letter & Resume

Job Search

Prepare for an Interview

Unemployment Benefits

 

 

Getting Started

 

The Seattle Public Library has partnered with WorkSource Seattle-King County to become a WorkSource Connection Site. WorkSource Partners are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for persons with disabilities. 

 

FREE classes - Learn how to use a computer, get an email address, or improve basic English skills.

 

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FREE email address - Learn how to set up an email address.

 

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FREE voice mail access - No telephone? ConnectUp can provide voice mail access so potential employers can leave messages.

 

FREE resources - The Job Resource Center on Level 5 of the Central Library has computers and reference items to help with your job search. You may use a computer for two hours per day, which does not count toward your general Internet time.

 

  

Career Discovery & Job Skills

 

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WOIS/The Career Information System - Washington state information on salaries, educational programs, schools and training requirements for various jobs. Includes tools to help you choose a career. To use this resource from home, call the Library at 206-386-4636 for login information. Watch our video.

 

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Career Bridge - Washington State government website with education programs, career quiz, and labor market data.

 

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Occupational Handbook Online - Find educational requirements, earnings, working conditions, and hiring outlook for a full range of job types.

 

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Adult Learning Center - Get one-on-one help with your resume, tips on starting a job search, and more! Tutors are available every day, except holidays, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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CareerOneStop - Wage and Salary Information - Salary information by occupation, location, highest paying jobs.

 

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Career Transitions - Explore occupational interests and match them with career paths.

 

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LearningExpress Library - Test preparation for GED, civil service, firefighters, law enforcement, military, nursing, real estate, teaching and more.

 

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O*NET OnLine - Information on occupations.

 

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Safari Books Online - Improve your computer and business skills. Access more than 1,000 digital books on computing, databases, programming, Web design and more.

 

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Workforce Explorer Washington - Labor market information and forecasts from the state of Washington.

 

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Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women - Helps women learn more about construction trades and industrial careers in King County though free job counseling, financial support and workshops.

 

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Check out books and other items about choosing a career.

  

 

Cover Letter & Resume

 

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Live Resume Help - Get one-on-one help with your resume, tips on starting a job search, and more! Tutors are available every day, except holidays, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Select "Write a Winning Resume" to get started.

 

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Career Transitions - Create a resume using an easy, step-by-step resume wizard. Explore occupational interests and match them with career paths.

 

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Resume Worksheet (PDF) - Use this worksheet to record your previous jobs and activities. You will need this information when creating a resume or applying for jobs.

 

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Resume Builder - Create a resume using an easy, step-by-step resume wizard. Watch our video.

 

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WorkSource Washington - Online resume writing tips.

 

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Check out books and other items about cover letters and writing resumes.

 

  

Job Search

 

Employers often advertise job openings in three ways:

 

Individual company websites - Interested in a job at a specific company? Look on the company's Web site.

 

Industry trade websites & listservs - Trade associations advertise jobs online. We can help you identify trade associations for your industry.

 

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  • ReferenceUSA - Combine the power of the premeir business reference and research tool, ReferenceUSA, with the world's #1 job site, indeed.com. Find your next job with our state-of-the-art mapping tool and view results with detailed business profiles.
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Local and national job websites - List local and national job openings. Here are a few examples:

 

Networking - A successful job hunt requires strategy. You may need to network with family, friends and colleagues to find job leads. Some jobs are only advertised by word-of-mouth.

 

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Check out books and other items about job hunting.

  

Prepare for an interview

 

Most employers interview candidates to find the best person for the job. During an interview you will explain your skills and interest in the job. You also will want to pay attention to appropriate interview behavior. Here are a few tips:

  • Find out something about the company or organization before the interview
  • Review your accomplishments before your interview
  • Dress appropriately
  • Be on time
  • Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet
  • Try to relax. Avoid signs of nervousness such as tapping your foot, drumming your fingers, etc.

 

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WorkSource Washington - Online interviewing tips.

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 Check out books and other items about interview skills.

 

 

Unemployment Benefits

 

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Claim Unemployment Benefits - The Employment Security Department of Washington state has created a Web site to help you file a claim.

 

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