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Find Information:  Jobs and Careers

Preparing:  Assess your skills and research the marketplace

 

 

The Baltimore County Public Library has many excellent resources to help new and experienced job seekers connect with opportunities.  We have broken these resources down for your convenience. 

 

 

 

Click on the appropriate categore and we'll share some useful resources

 

  

Get the Job:  Job Listings, cover letters, interviews, and resumes

 

  

Unemployment insurance in Maryland

  

 

New  The ReferenceUSA database now includes over 2.5 million national job and internship postings.  Check it out!  (BCPL library card and PIN may be required.)

 

 

 Preparing:  Assess your skills and research the marketplace

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The resources covered in this section can help you to assess and improve your skills and to assess the marketplace...

 

If you have time, the first step in a thorough job search process is to take a look at yourself and at the marketplace and to determine what skills you have or that you may want to acquire for moving forward in your career.  It is a good time to see what abilities are currently in demand in the marketplace.  Step back and take an objective look at yourself to see if you are pursuing the right line of work of if a change is in order.  No opportunities in your current profession?  Maybe you've had a hobby that shows an aptitude or an interest in something other than your career path.  Maybe you've acquired skills along the way that you haven't realized might be able to make you some money.  Can you mock up a webpage?  Are you proficient with any specific computer software?  Do you have a talent for cooking?  Take a look at where the opportunities are but also take a look at what you want to do for a living day in and day out.

 

 

Assess and Improve Your Skills

 

  • Career One Stop
    This site includes a Skills Center and an Employability Checkup to help you ascertain a good fit.
     

  • Community College of Baltimore County
    Offers intensive training classes for furthering your career and business potential. Includes Information Technology courses on computer software applications, keyboarding, and more.
     

  • Internship.com
    Paid and unpaid internships in all 50 states. Use their Internship Predictor to help find a position best suited for you.
     

  • Monster.com Career Assessment Tool
    This well-known job seekers site has a great section with articles on assessing your career options in order to find the right fit.
     

  • Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
    This resource accesses information on hundreds of updated standardized and occupation-specific descriptors that are tied to a series of assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.
     

  • Technology Training New!
    This BCPL webpage lists opportunities at the library, in the community, and on the web to improve your basic technology literacy.
     

  • Weddles.com
    This sites offers a handy index of professional associations in order to improve your networking prospect.

 

Assess the Marketplace

 

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    United States Department of Labor
    National statistical agency of federal government that collects and analyzes business and labor economics.
     

  • Career and Workforce Information
    by Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Office of Workforce Information and Performance
    Covers size of labor force, employment and unemployment rate, employment and wages by county, projects trends in specific occupations and industries within Maryland.

     

  • Employment
    From ipl2
    Annotated hyperlinks concerning career, job searching and other employment topics.
     

  • Explore Careers
    from CareerOneStop
    Both occupational and industry trends at both the state and national level.
     

  • GlassDoor.com
    Glassdoor gives you an inside look at jobs and employers.
     

  • Idealist.org
    Looking to find a job that is morally rewarding?  This site includes jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.
     

  • Job and Career Information Center

    From Maryland State Library Resource Center at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
    Brief categories with well-annotated hyperlinks to information about employment and careers.  Their Career Planning Map is also a very useful tool.
     

  • Job-Hunt.org
    Job search sites by location, by industry or profession, networking resources, job search sites and assistance. Advice on job searching.
     

  • LinkedIn.com
    A great site to inventory your skills and to utilize network contacts.
     

  • Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
    Maryland One-Stop Career Centers offer a myriad of resources that will assist the job seeker in his or her search for gainful employment.
     

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Descriptions of occupations, education, experience required for specific jobs and projected growth or decline in occupations.
     

  • Salary.com
    Find out salaries for various occupations by state. Also gives cost of living comparisons for different locations.
     

  • State Labor Market Information
    from CareerOneStop
    Find wage and employment data for each state

 

 

 

BCPL Library Resources

 

Testing and Education Reference Center

Search our catalog for material on "Vocational Guidance"

Use our free public computers for Internet and Microsoft software

BrainFuse (from BrainFuse)

 

 

 

Get the Job:  Job Listings, Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviews

Jumping Business Woman

 

The resources covered in this section can help you to find jobs (Baltimore, Maryland, National or Military,) develop your resume/cover letter, apply online or interview

 

You should start by pulling your basic resume together.  Once this basic information has been compiled, use the links in this section to find appropriate job openings, personalize your resume/cover letter, apply, and -hopefully- to nail the interview.  These links will help you with each of these steps.

 

Download and print BCPL Flyer "Find a Job" in PDF format

 

Find Baltimore Jobsx

 

  • Baltimore County Government Job Announcements
    From the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources
    Since May 2007, all persons interested in applying for Baltimore County government jobs, must apply online.
     

  • How to Apply for Baltimore County Government Jobs Online [PDF]
    Pointers on how to successfully apply for positions in Baltimore County Government agencies.
     

  • Baltimore Business Journal Job Lists
    Advertises several Baltimore jobs by job category,  by employer or by keyword.  Interested candidates can usually apply online.
     

  • Baltimore County Job Seeker Services
    From the Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development
    Everything you need to look for a job, choose or change a career, develop new skills, or search for just the right school is available at the Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development (BCOWD) Workforce Development Centers
     

  • Baltimore County Public Library Employment
    Current Baltimore County Public Library vacancy announcements.
     

  • BaltimoreSun.com - Classified Job Ads
    Offered through CareerBuilder.com
    Find a job in Baltimore or elsewhere.
     

  • Craigslist
    Craigslist has lots of local jobs listings which aren't aggregated but are individually posted by employers.  Remember to exercise good Internet security practices when using unvetted sites such as Craigslist.
     

  • EmploymentGuide.com
    Extensive listings by industry of available jobs in the area. Job fairs listings including virtual online ones. A free Job Seeker account allows quick application for jobs online. Also offers access to college degree programs as well as training programs.
     

  • Jobs and Career Counseling
    From Connections: created by Baltimore County Public Library
    Your link to local organizations that can help you get the information and assistance you need.
     

  • Senior Employment Services
    Provided by Baltimore County Department of Aging
    For Baltimore County seniors age 55 or older.
     

  • Veterans Services
    Provided by Baltimore County Public Library
    Includes employment assistance and education and training information.
     

  • WorkBaltimore.com
    A local employment website dedicated to bringing employers and jobseekers together throughout the greater Baltimore area.

 


Find Maryland jobs

 

  • Apprenticeship and Training
    From Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Division of Labor and Industry.  An apprentice, as an employee, receives supervised, structured, on-the-job training combined with related technical instruction in a specific occupation. Apprenticeship is open to anyone age 16 or older, however, an employer may set a higher entry age. Individuals must be age 18 to apprentice in specified hazardous occupations.
     

  • Baltimore Business Journal Job Lists
    Advertises several Baltimore jobs by job category,  by employer or by keyword.  Interested candidates can usually apply online.
     

  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
    Of the Maryland State Department of Education
    Provides individuals with disabilities with employment assistance.
     

  • Job and Career Information Center
    The Maryland State Library Resource Center has created this site which includes a series of tutorials for library customers to use during their job search.  The tutorials help the customer prepare for their job search, covering such tasks as applying for an email address, searching job Web sites, and applying online for a job. 
     

  • Maryland Department of Budget and Management
    These State government job openings are maintained by the Maryland Department of Budget and Management but link to other agencies as well.
     

  • Maryland Workforce Exchange
    A service of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
    Find a job, post your resume. Find qualified workers for your business. Check out the events calendar for Job Fairs in Maryland. A short video on How to Use the Maryland Workforce Exchange (3:26 min) is offered by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland's State Library Resource Center.  We've also got several Maryland Workforce Exchanges handouts here for your convenience including their Professional Seminar Series Flier [PDF], their Toolkit Pamphlet [PDF], and their Agency Promotional Piece [PDF].
     

  • Private Career Schools and Occupational Training Providers
    by the Maryland Higher Education Commission
    Search for private career schools approved by the Commission and Occupational Training Providers funded through Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
     

  • SimplyHired
    Simply Hired pulls listings from thousands of sites across the Web, including job boards, company career sites, newspapers, non-profit organizations, government sites, and more.

 


Find national jobs

 

  • CareerBuilder.com
    One of the largest employment networks on the Internet. Search for jobs, post resumes and set up job alerts for e-mail notifications if a job matching your criteria is posted. Find career fairs.
     

  • CareerOneStop
    Links to state and other job banks, information on wages and salaries, relocating, creating resumes and preparing for interviews.
     

  • Indeed.com
    Indeed is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards.
     

  • Monster.com
    Search by job type and geographic location.
     

  • Proven.com
    The website is adequate but Proven is included because it has a good mobile job search app for iOS and Android devices.
     

  • RefUSA New!
    This business database is provided by BCPL but now includes a link to search through over 2.5 million U.S. Jobs and Internships opportunies.  Note: You may need to use your BCPL library card and PIN to access this premiere content.
     

  • Snagajob.com
    This resource is good for first-time job seekers and includes some hourly jobs.  Can be focused locally
     

  • Spherion Jobs
    Post your resume to 70+ top community sites, diversity sites, newspaper sites and important association sites which are all part of the JobOptions Network. Your resume is available ONLY to these companies and employer organizations.
     

  • Teachers-Teachers.com
    Online teacher recruitment service. Internet's largest teacher resume database.
     

  • TweetMyJobs
    TweetMyJobs sends you potential job matches via email, text, or Twitter. It includes Twitter-based channels of jobs based on location and industry and there's a special for U. S. veterans who need work.
     

  • USAJobs
    The United States Government's official source of job and employment information, provided to the public at no cost.

 


Find military jobs

 

  • Air Force Careers
    Over 200 different rewarding and exciting career opportunities for both college and high school  graduates
     

  • Army Careers
    Explore a wide variety of career opportunities in The Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve.
     

  • Coast Guard
    Enlisted, officer and reserve careers with the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.
     

  • FedsHireVets.gov
    This website is a critical component of the Federal Government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of Veterans
     

  • Marine Corps
    Get career information about the United States Marine Corps. Learn more about the Marine Corps' history, traditions, training, equipment and bases.
     

  • Navy
    Explore careers in the Navy. Includes information about Navy jobs, benefits, and training.

 


Develop your Resume and Cover Letter

 

  • Quick start your resume
    We have created a basic resume template for you to get started and we have also uploaded two sample resumes (a chronological and a functional) to provide you with some variety.  Please note that the samples contain information for a hypothetical applicant in order for you can see how the finished product will be laid out.  Just delete the fictional information and replace it with your own.  Please note that you need software that is able to open Microsoft® Word documents in order to make use of these documents.

 

Start my resume (.docx)  Adapt a Chronological Resume (.docx)  Adapt a Functional Resume

 

  • How to Write a Resume
    Provided by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, , Maryland's State Library Resource Center.
    Detailed, step by step instructions for creating your resume
     

  • Job Star Resume and Cover Letter Guide
    Find resume tips, the resume format that works best for you, and view sample resumes and cover letters.
     

  • Resume Writing 101
    From CollegeBoard.com
    Tips and tricks for writing the perfect resume.
     

  • Sample Resumes
    Find hundreds of sample resumes including chronological and functional formats.
     

  • Testing & Education Reference Center
    Check out the "Online Resume Builder" under the "Career Tools" section.  This great tool offers a step-by-step tool to help you generate an MSWord or web posted resume.  Please note:  you will need a BCPL library card in order to access this resource outside of the library's computers.
     

  • Workplace Writers
    from the Writing Lab @ The OWL at Purdue
    Resources for people preparing cover letters, resumes or a curriculum vitae and other business writing.

 


Apply Online

 

  • About.com
    This website has a section on how to apply for a job/complete an application.
     

  • EHow on "How to Apply for Job Online"
    Applying for a job online is easy and fast—a matter of minutes! Online job listings provide detailed information about the job profile and the company. Consequently, you can highlight skills that suit the prospective employer’s requirement.
     

  • Marin County Practice Job Application
    You have the opportunity to practice filling out an on-line application and if you would like to use the data entered on the practice application, you will have the option to automatically copy the data from your practice application into a real job application. 
     

  • Stratford Library’s Practice Job Application
    Allows users to fill in a practice application for the "Miracle Widget Repairs Co." which is not an actual company and the information entered into the "Practice application" will not be stored, saved, or otherwise used.

 


Interview

 

 

  • Job Interview Questions.org
    On this website you can find pointers for a successful job interview. Type of questions, sample questions, how to negotiate your salary, interview tips and many more for Jobseekers and for interviewers.
     

  • Connecticut Department of Labor
    In a labor market where there are many qualified candidates competing for the same position, how you do on the interview can often determine whether you get the job. This site gives  pointers on how to get through the process successfully.
     

  • Undercover Recruiter
    This site offers a top ten tips for a successful interview checklist.
     

  • University of North Carolina Greensboro: Interviewing Tips
    An interview gives the employer an opportunity to get to know you and determine if your skills and experiences match the organization's needs. Your goal is to show the employer that you can not only do the job, but will be a good addition to their team. This college sites gives some pointers.

 

Research Companies and Industries

 

Ebsco Business Source Premier

Hoover's Online  RefUSA (from InfoGroup)  Ebsco Regional Business News   Standard and Poors Netadvantage  Value Link

 

BCPL library card and PIN may be required

 

 


Last revised: May 27, 2014