Career Resources: A Library Guide

There’s plenty of information out there on how to grab the perfect job, sometimes too much! We’ve researched high and low for the best tools and made a list featuring library, local, and national resources. Good luck!


E-SOURCES

Peterson’s Career Prep

Accommodates job seekers at all levels, whether they are entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. Career assessments prompt personalized career recommendations and guidance on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for open jobs opportunities and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

GALE: Vocations and Careers Collection

Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases includes 30 million business and executive profiles, over 240 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities. Some databases are updated monthly, some weekly, and the jobs database is a real-time update.

The Boston Public Library has other useful career resources, including LinkedIn Learning and Vault Career guides.
Get a BPL ecard here!

JOB SEARCH

Local Job Search

Job Fairs in MA

Employment Opportunities with the Town of Arlington

Massachusetts Department of Career Services
The MassHire Department of Career Services oversees Massachusetts’s network of MassHire Career Centers that assist businesses in finding qualified workers, providing job seekers with career guidance as well as referrals to jobs and training.

Find a MassHire Career Center
Find a job with MassHire JobQuest
Finding a Job
Veterans’ Job Programs and Services
Professional Training & Career Development
Register for a Career Center Seminar (CCS)

HireCulture
Massachusetts needs creativity to compete in a global economy. Culture drives economic growth and prosperity in our communities through more than 73,000 workers in our nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations. Hire Culture is one way Mass Cultural Council supports our thriving cultural sector.

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network: Career Center
MNN’s Career Center features nonprofit jobs and internships throughout Massachusetts in every subsector and at every professional level. Whether you’re looking for a specific role or your search is more general, the Career Center can help you. The Career Center also features opportunities at businesses that support the local nonprofit sector.

City of Boston Career Center
Career resources for Boston residents.

UMASS Career Opportunities
The University of Massachusetts is always on the lookout for top talent who can help fulfill the mission of being a revolutionary university.

Does your field have professional organizations? Consider looking into these for job postings! CareerOneStop has a professional association finder.


CAREER RESEARCH

CareerOneStop delivers integrated, easy-to-understand workforce information that helps job seekers, students, workers, workforce intermediaries, and employers develop their capacity and make sound economic decisions in the new economy.

One*Net OnLine is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Valid data are essential to understanding the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce and U.S. economy. From this information, applications are developed to facilitate the development and maintenance of a skilled workforce.

Occupation Outlook Handbook provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; information on state and area data; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, for 324 occupational profiles, covering about 4 out of 5 jobs in the economy.


RESUME

Did you know you can borrow a Chromebook and a hotspot from Robbins Library?
We also offer access to Express computers (for 30mins), Vendy laptops (2hrs), Wifi, and printing, scanning, and faxing services.

Need access to a free word processor? Try Google or Microsoft Office Online.


INTERVIEW

Tailored for Success is a not for profit organization dedicated to assisting economically disadvantaged women, men and youth with job resources.

SolutionsWear provides interview-appropriate clothing and accessories to men and women who are enrolled in area job-training and re-entry programs.

Dress for Success Boston: We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but we are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, our programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

Suits and Smiles: Program designed to provide interview & work attire for men in need. Suits & Smiles serves men in the greater Boston, Framingham and Worcester areas.

SuitAbility serves women who are seeking employment and are referred to us from various training programs, social service agencies, and other entities. We provide clients with clothing and accessories for a job interview and a second call back. 


COVER LETTER


LEARN NEW SKILLS

Local

Language Learning with Robbins Library

  • Mango Languages: Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you’re learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in a wide variety of foreign languages. It also features ESL instruction in English, tailored for speakers of more than a dozen languages.
  • Rosetta Stone: Use Rosetta Stone’s award-winning interactive method to learn a new language. Core lessons build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in 30 languages. Log in with your Arlington library card number when prompted for library ID.

Online Learning

  • Microsoft 365 Training: Learn how to get more work done, from anywhere on any device with Microsoft 365 and Windows 10. Discover how industry professionals leverage Microsoft 365 to communicate, collaborate, and improve productivity across the team and organization.
  • Google Grow: Free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business. Get professional-level training from Google.
  • Google Workplace Training Center: Get the most out of Google Workspace in your workplace with training guides, tips, customer examples, and other resources.
  • Class Central: Class Central is a listing of online courses. We aggregate courses from many providers to make it easy to find the best courses on almost any subject, wherever they exist. We focus primarily on free (or free to audit) courses from universities, offered through massive open online course (MOOC) platforms. Whatever you are interested in learning, it is more than likely that our catalog includes a course that will meet your needs.
  • DigitalLearn: The Public Library Association‘s site, DigitalLearn.org, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. The site launched in June 2013 and is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation.
  • CodeSquad is a non-profit coding academy that trains talented adults from low-opportunity backgrounds to become full-stack web developers and launch a new career. 
  • G|Code offers young women of color a safe co-living, working, and learning community where they will learn cutting-edge technology skills, gain employment experience and connect with our world renown network of mentors, advisors and enterprise partners.
  • Codeacademy: Codecademy helps millions of learners around the world get the skills they need to succeed in today’s digital world — all in a way that’s fun, free, and accessible anywhere. Codecademy offers an entirely new, networked approach to learning in which you interact with students across the globe, build amazing projects, and most important – apply your skills to improve your life.
  • edX: edX offers more than 3,300 courses across 30 subjects, all taught by some of the most respected visionaries and industry-leading professionals in the world. We meet the needs of learners who seek to learn something new, advance their career, or earn a degree with a variety of program options in addition to single courses.
  • Future Learn: Learn 100% online with world class universities and industry experts. Develop hobbies, new skills and career-changing expertise with our flexible courses.
  • GCFlearnfree.org: Join the more than 100 million people from all walks of life who have come to GCFLearnFree.org to learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. All you need is an Internet connection.
  • General Assembly: General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.
  • Harvard Ed Portal: The Harvard Ed Portal provides new and exciting opportunities to explore possibilities and embark on a journey of lifelong learning.
  • Khan Academy: We’re a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
  • Modern States: Take tuition-free, high quality courses online from top institutions for college credit.
  • MASSTLC: Lists organizations that provide pipeline development and workforce training within the tech sector.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Department of Unemployment Assistance: DUA oversees the unemployment insurance (UI) program, which provides temporary income assistance to eligible workers in Massachusetts. DUA also determines and collects employer contributions to the UI program. To report fraud or get help with your claim, call Unemployment Customer Assistance at (877) 626-6800.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Workers: If you’re out of work and able to work, you may be eligible for temporary income called unemployment insurance (UI). If you qualify, you receive weekly payments to help cover your living expenses while you search for new employment. The amount you receive is based on what you were paid in the last year. The UI program for Massachusetts is managed by the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

Unemployment: Know Your Rights


FOOD, HOUSING, AND HEALTH INSURANCE

Massachusetts Health Connector: Enroll in coverage any time of the year if you are applying for dental plans or help paying for health coverage including MassHealth, Children’s Medical Security Plan (CMSP), Health Safety Net, or ConnectorCare. Or, if you’ve experienced a qualifying event.

Mortgage Payment Relief is available for unemployed homeowners under the CARES Act.

Resources for Renters can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

Arlington Food Pantry: Arlington EATS envisions an engaged and active community in which everyone has access to sufficient and nutritious food and understands the causes and effects of food insecurity.

SNAP Benefits can help you expand your healthy food budget and explore opportunities to support your wellbeing and education and employment goals.

Arlington Housing Authority operates several housing assistance programs which provide direct housing in government-owned developments or subsidized housing in privately-owned dwellings for persons of low or very low income.

Mass.gov Resources During Covid-19: The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office’s work as the People’s Law Firm continues amidst the Coronavirus public health emergency. The AG’s Office is warning Massachusetts residents to be on alert for individuals and businesses that may try to take advantage of uncertainty about COVID-19.


FURTHER READING

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