Fall River Public Library
Job Hunting Resources
Library Computer Resources
The Fall River Public Library offers help to all job hunters: unemployed people looking for a job, career changers or employed people looking for a new job, and people just entering the job market. Anyone with a library card can use library computers to create resumes and cover letters, search for jobs online and fill out online applications. We recommend that you visit the upstairs reference room, as reference computers have a longer time limit (one hour as opposed to 30 minutes), and librarians are available to assist you. There are five internet computers and two word processing computers.
The library now offers WinWay Resume Software, an easy-to-use program that can help you create polished, professional-quality resumes and cover letters. It offers a variety of templates you can use and customize and can actually walk you through the steps of writing a resume by asking questions about your skills and experience. WinWay offers the option to save resumes and letters in different formats, including Word and PDF files.
After creating your resume and cover letter, you can use WinWay's job search feature to automatically scan dozens of online job sites for openings in your field, then follow the links to apply online.
WinWay is available in the Reference Room on all five internet computers, on two word processors and on the scanner station.
The library subscribes to the Providence Journal, Boston Globe and other local and Boston-area newspapers for those who want to scan the classified ads for job opportunities. Newspapers are available in the Reference Room.
Of course, you'll also find many books on job hunting, resume writing, interviewing and other career topics, such as the classic What Color is Your Parachute?, Resumes That Knock 'Em Dead, and other popular titles for job seekers. Search the library catalog under "job hunting," "resumes," "cover letters," or "vocational guidance" to see more options.
If you're preparing for a job interview, it's always a good idea to find out as much as you can about the company that is hiring. Check our Business Resources Page for some helpful links to business, industry and career sites. Both print and online resources are available.
Recommended Online Resources:
The internet abounds with job hunting sites, but not all of them are up-to-date or reliable. For example, Craigslist is a popular local site where people can post free ads. It may be a good place to find a used car or an apartment to share, but some of the "jobs" posted can be scams designed to take advantage of desperate job seekers. Beware of ads that ask you to send money or give your credit card, social security number or other personal information to receive "valuable tips on how to earn $3,000 a week working from home!" In general, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true.
A search site co-sponsored by the Boston Globe and Monster.com.
Similar to Monster.com; a national site that allows you to search jobs by location and keyword, post a resume, and set up job search alerts.
Find online and printable applications for hundreds of popular retail, fast food, and service companies, all in one place.
Dick Bolles (What Color is Your Parachute?) hosts this job hunting/career advice site with many helpful links.
This state site lists both private and state jobs, as well as job fairs. You can also search other states using this link.
One of the most popular online job search sites; allows you to post a resume and set up automatic job searches to be notified by email when any matching jobs are posted.
Skills assessment, job training, and job hunting resources for older Americans.
Not a job posting site, but a valuable career information guide. For any profession or job category, find out education and training needed, salary expectations, working conditions and projections for future growth.
A search site co-sponsored by the Providence Journal and Monster.com.
A super-site with links to online job banks in different regions and career fields, plus job hunting advice.
Lots of local jobs, including part-time and summer jobs for teens, are posted on this site, and you can also search nationally.
Search for jobs in Fall River, New Bedford and the surrounding region.
© by the Fall River Public Library. Last updated May 16, 2013