Back in May 2008, we posted an article on how to find a job using resources available at The Seattle Public Library. Well, that was nine months ago, and a lot has changed! The economy has tanked. Unemployment is at the highest point since the dot com crash. Now, more than ever, the good folks of Seattle need jobs!
We know: the only thing worse than working is looking for work. Let us try to make finding a job a little easier. Here are some resources (some new and some that have been around awhile) to help you find jobs, apply for them, and land them.
1. Internet Computers (All SPL Locations)
Yes, we have Internet computers. These machines also have Microsoft Word and Excel. You can use them for 90 MINUTES A DAY. In August 2008, we increased the amount of Internet time available by 30 minutes. We want you have the time to do the things you need to do online, including:
- Searching for jobs online
- Emailing your resume and cover letter
- Applying for jobs using a company’s online forms
But don’t use up all your precious Internet time working on your resume or searching for jobs. There are other options!
2. Catalog/Database Computers (All SPL Locations)
We also have Catalog/Database computers that have NO TIME LIMIT. While these machines do not have Internet access, they can be used for more than looking for books. We recently added live links to take you to some important classified ad listings on the Internet. You can find them on our Jobs and Careers page.
- Create a resume using our handy Resume Builder database.
- NW Jobs (classified ads for jobs listed in the Seattle Times and Post Intelligencer)
- USAJobs (classified ads for Federal Government jobs)
- WorkSource Washington (Washington State’s official site for online employment services)
3. Word/Excel Computers (Central Library/Downtown Only)
We also have Word/Excel computers that have NO TIME LIMIT.
- Make sure you bring your USB Drive to save your work.
- You can use these machines to spend the time you need creating or fine tuning your cover letters and resumes.
- You don’t need to use all your Internet time if all you are using is Microsoft Office.
4. Image Editing Computers (Central Library/Downtown Only)
We have Image Editing computers with scanners. Sometimes employers require that you fill out paper forms. You can use these machines to create PDFs of your application materials to email to your potential employer.
What kind of library would we be if we didn’t have books to recommend? (Better not answer that.) Fortunately we’ve been increasing our collection in this area. We can help you find:
- Books to help you write a resume
- Books to help you write cover letters
- Books to help you master the job interview
6. Computer Classes
“Well,” you might be saying, “all that’s just fine, but I just need an email address! Can you help me get one of those?” Why yes! We offer basic computer classes, free and open to all. Check out our offerings
7. Librarians (All SPL locations)
And last, but certainly not least, at all of our 27 locations, we have a fleet of friendly Librarians who would be more than happy to help you leverage any of the above resources! Come to one of our reference desks to ask us your questions. We will give it our best shot.
Or, let our reference desk come to you. You can chat with us, 24/7!
Or call us at 206-386-4636.
What else can we do to help you land a job? Please let us know by commenting here.