- Search Engines –
- Children’s Search Engines –
- Web Resources for Job Seekers –
Career Exploration & and Assessment
- Careerzone (New York state Department of Labor) – http://www.nycareerzone.org Excellent for high school students; general career interest assessments.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook –http://www.bls.gov/OCO General overviews including educational requirements and salary details.
- O*Net – http://www.onetonline.org (Replaced Dictionary of Occupational Titles). Very detailed job descriptions including required skills and abilities. In-depth assessment tool requires the downloading of software.
- Career One Stop: America’s Career InfoNet – http://www.acinet.org/ Excellent information on all aspects of job search; sponsored by U.S. government.
- Testing and Education Resource Center (Database accessible through http://www.moffatlibrary.org/). Contains a detailed self assessment and provides career suggestions based on the results.
- Upwardly Global (nonprofit) – http://www.upwardlyglobal.org Helping skilled immigrants rebuild their careers
- Succeed in America Inc. – http://www.succeedinamerica.com/coaching.html
Civil Service Tests
- New York state Civil Service – http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker Note the link to employment opportunities with New York state local governments.
- Orange County Department of Human Resources – http://www.orangecountygov.com/content/124/1360/default.aspx
- OPAC search for study guides e.g. keywords: maintenance exam
- Testing & Education Resource Center database has some Civil Service test study guides online.
- Jobs Express – http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm Current job openings in New York’s 10 regional economies. New Yorkers can view the region they live in, see which industries are growing and find out what jobs are available in that economic sector.
- New York State Job Exchange – http://www.americasjobexchange.com/ny Searchable by zip code and distance; includes Indeed results at the bottom of page.
- Indeed – http://www.indeed.com/ (Metasearch site – searches many sources)
- Simply Hired – http://www.simplyhired.com/ (Metasearch site – searches many sources)
- HudsonValleyHelpWanted – http://regionalhelpwanted.com/hudson-valley-jobs/
- Monster – http://home.monster.com/
- Professional associations/unions
- Professional associations for New York state licensed occupations – http://www.labor.state.ny.us/stats/lstrain.shtm
- Job Corps – Education and training for youth ages 16-24 years – http://www.jobcorps.gov/
- Identifying potential employers (even if they don’t have an ad posted)
One-on-One Immediate Help/Referrals
- County Workforce (One-Stop) Centers (links to all New York state counties) –http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workforcenypartners/osview.asp
- Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) –http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/do/locations.htm
- New York State Unemployment Insurance – To register go to https://ui.labor.state.ny.us/UBC/home.do
- Mybenefits (from New York state government) – http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/
- Federal benefits programs – http://www.govbenefits.gov/
- United Way 211 service for additional referrals – Call 211 or go to http://www.211.org
- Ramapo Catskill Library System Recursos en Espanol –http://www.rcls.org/index.php?s=9&b=90
- New York state unemployment – https://ui.labor.state.ny.us/UBC/home.do?FF_LOCALE=2
- Benefits.gov (en espanol) – http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_es.portal
Resumes and Interviewing
- People can post resumes on multiple sites: e.g. – http://www.monster.com/; http://www.nyjobzone.org; http://www.careeronestop.org (click ‘Resumes + Interviews’ link)
- Riley Guide has a very good section on resumes, with excellent advice on how to go about using multiple formats and posting on the Web – http://www.rileyguide.com/letters.html
- Susan Ireland’s E-Resume Guide – http://susanireland.com
- Free samples on the Web:
- Microsoft Word has resume templates to help users format a resume.
1. Open Microsoft WORD program
2. Click on File; then click on New. (If you don’t see it, click on the double arrow at the bottom of the menu and it will appear at the top.)
3. Under the Templates heading in the box that opens on the right, click “on my computer.”
4. Click on the tab marked “other documents” and you’ll see several resume options.
5. Once a resume has been created in Word, and saved to a disk or thumb drive, parts can be cut and pasted into online resume posting sites and resume builder tools. This will save time and store all basic information regarding education and work experience for future use.
- Gale Testing and Education Resource Center (TERC) Career Module has an Online Resume Builder. Patrons can cut and paste text from their Microsoft Word resume into it. They may also get ideas from the fill-in form for other details to include in their master (Word) resume. There are 14 style formats offered. Opt to save an HTML version with permanent URL in addition to Rich Text Word format!!
Resources from the Ramapo Catskill Library System and selected libraries
- 2008 Employment Resources Guide – http://www.rcls.org/images/uploads/misc/1252597821_EmploymentGuide-A20090909.pdf
- Middletown Thrall – InterJobs Search http://www.thrall.org/interjob.html
- Adriance Library, Poughkeepsie – Reference & Research > Useful Sites > Careers http://www.poklib.org
“Best Bet” Databases (All are accessible through http://www.moffatlibrary.org)
- Testing and Education Resource Center (Career Module) – Helpful resource, including an excellent Resume Builder. Also, sections for career assessment and exploration. TERC has practice tests for and features the most popular civil service series. Patrons must register for personalized services.
- Business and Company Resource Center – Can be used to get background in preparation for interviews at larger companies. Also useful for identifying potential employers. Find companies by type of business and/or location.
- Proquest – News articles on larger businesses help with preparation for interviews. Also, get news on the job market and particular career fields. Includes some full-text trade journals.