Job Seeker Resources

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Looking for a new job or seeking a career change? About to graduate? The SFL is a great place to start with resources and suggestions to assist you with your job search on topics including:

The job search process can be frustrating but with a little planning, you can be successful.

If you need assistance or have questions, contact us at jobseeker@sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5500 We’re happy to help.

In-person Services

Attention Job Seekers! If you need help with your resume or cover letter or some job searching advice, contact jobseeker@sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5500 to make an appointment for in-person resume and cover letter assistance with a librarian.

Printing and photocopying, both black & white and color, plus scanning and saving via email and flash drive are available at Sawyer Free Library. Patrons can print or photocopy up to 10 pages per day for free. Computers, Chromebooks, tablets and WiFi Hotspots are available for public use.

There are many useful books to help with all aspects of job hunting and career advancement. Here are some suggestions.

Work better together : how to cultivate strong relationships to maximize well-being and boost bottom lines by Fisher, Jen
The rejection that changed my life : 25 powerful women on being let down, turning it around, and burning it up at work by Bacal, Jessica
Influence and impact : discover and excel at what your organization needs from you the most by Berman, William H.
Beautifully organized at work : bring order and joy to your work life so you can stay calm, relieve stress, and get more done each day by Boyd, Nikki
Love it or leave it : how to be happy at work by Clarke, Samantha
Recalculating : navigate your career through the changing world of work by Pollak, Lindsey
Not today : the 9 habits of extreme productivity by Schultz, Erica
Disrupters : success strategies from women who break the mold by Fletcher, Patti
Workparent : the complete guide to succeeding on the job, staying true to yourself, and raising happy kids by Dowling, Daisy
Next job, best job : a headhunter's 11 strategies to get hired now by Barnett, Rob
The job closer : time-saving techniques for acing resumes, interviews, negotiations, and more by Dalton, Steve
How to get a good job after 50 : a step-by-step guide to job search success by French, Rupert
Great pajama jobs : how to land a job without the commute by Hannon, Kerry
Measure up : mastering your career search like a boss by McAfee, Josh
Get hired now! : how to accelerate your job search, stand out, and land your next great opportunity by Siegel, Ian
Working from home : making the new normal work for you by Mangia, Karen
The new world of work : enable the workforce and the business to thrive by Cheese, Peter
A minute to think : reclaim creativity, conquer busyness, and do your best work by Funt, Juliet
How to thrive in the virtual workplace : simple and effective tips for successful, productive, and empowered remote work by Glazer, Robert  (CEO)
Did that just happen?! : beyond "diversity"--creating sustainable and inclusive organizations by Pinder-Amaker, Stephanie
Remote, Inc. : how to thrive at work... wherever you are by Pozen, Robert C.
Working remotely : being productive without getting distracted, lonely, or bored by Bhargava, Rohit
Leading at a distance : practical lessons for virtual success by Citrin, James M.
Work, your way : reinvent yourself, create the life you want and thrive as a consultant by Hufford, Lisa
(Not) getting paid to do what you love : gender, social media, and aspirational work by Duffy, Brooke Erin
Work pause thrive : how to pause for parenthood without killing your career by Stromberg, Lisen
Gigged : the end of the job and the future of work by Kessler, Sarah
What color is your parachute? 2021 : your guide to a lifetime of meaningful work and career success by Bolles, Richard Nelson
Work won't love you back : how devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted, and alone by Jaffe, Sarah
Flex : reinventing work for a smarter, happier life by Auerbach, Annie
Occupational outlook handbook : 2018-19 edition by
Women in tech : take your career to the next level with practical advice and inspiring stories by Van Vlack, Tarah Wheeler
Feminist fight club : an office survival manual (for a sexist workplace) by Bennett, Jessica
Designing your life : how to build a well-lived, joyful life by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Designing your work life : how to thrive and change and find happiness at work by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Lifeboat : navigating unexpected career change and disruption by Craddock, Maggie
Ask a manager : how to navigate clueless colleagues, lunch-stealing bosses, and the rest of your life at work by Green, Alison
The myth of the nice girl : achieving a career you love without becoming a person you hate by Hauser, Fran
The career code : must-know rules for a strategic, stylish, and self-made career by Kerr, Hillary
Joy at work : organizing your professional life by Kondō, Marie.
Work reimagined : uncover your calling by Leider, Richard
When to jump : if the job you have isn't the life you want by Lewis, Mike
Parenting while working from home : a monthly guide to help parents balance their careers, connect with their kids, establish their inner strength by Medini, Shari
The gig economy : the complete guide to getting better work, taking more time off, and financing the life you want! by Mulcahy, Diane
Deep work : rules for focused success in a distracted world by Newport, Cal
The dirty little secrets of getting your dream job : everything you need to know to land your first job and find career success by Raskin, Don
No fears, no excuses : what you need to do to have a great career by Smith, Larry
Ladies get paid : the ultimate guide to breaking barriers, owning your worth, and taking command of your career by Wasserman, Claire
LinkedIn profile optimization by Serdula, Donna
50 ways to get a job : an unconventional guide to finding work on your terms by Aujla, Dev
The big book of job-hunting hacks : how to build a résumé, conquer the interview, and land your dream job by Bernstein, Brenda
Comeback careers : rethink, refresh, reinvent your success - at 40, 50, and beyond by Brzezinski, Mika
Lose the resume : land the job by Burnison, Gary
The 2-hour job search : using technology to get the right job faster by Dalton, Steve
Resumes by DeCarlo, Laura
Resumes for dummies by DeCarlo, Laura
Modernize your resume : get noticed...get hired by Enelow, Wendy S.
Coming back : how to win the job you want when you've lost the job you need by Germer, Fawn
Job interview tips for overcoming red flags : winning strategies, examples, and short stories for people with not-so-hot backgrounds by Krannich, Ronald L.
Step-by-step cover letters : build a cover letter in 10 easy steps using personal branding by Salvador, Evelyn U.
Creating your first resume : a step-by-step guide to write your first competitive resume by Troutman, Kathryn K.
Crush your career : ace the interview, land the job, and launch your future by Turner, Dee Ann
From boots to business : transitioning from the service to a career in business by Ventrone, Jillian
When can you start? : the insider's guide to job search and career success by Whitehouse, Bud.
Knock 'em dead cover letters : cover letters and strategies to get the job you want by Yate, Martin John
Work-from-home hacks : 500+ easy ways to get organized, stay productive, and maintain a work-life balance while working from home! by Frost, Aja
The leader's guide to unconscious bias : how to reframe bias, cultivate connection, and create high-performing teams by Fuller, Pamela
Work disrupted : opportunity, resilience, and growth in the accelerated future of work by Schwartz, Jeff
The big leap : an insider's guide to freelancing in the creative industries by Flor, Martina
The non-obvious guide to virtual meetings & remote work (when you just can't be there in person) by Bhargava, Rohit
Machiavelli for women : a playbook for getting ahead at work by Vaneck Smith, Stacey

You can find ebooks to assist you in Overdrive.

#entrylevelboss : how to get any job you want by Shoen, Alexa
Answering tough interview questions for dummies by Yeung, Rob
Ask a manager : how to navigate clueless colleagues, lunch-stealing bosses, and the rest of your life at work by Green, Alison
Born for this by Guillebeau, Chris
Bullshit jobs by Graeber, David
Coming back : how to win the job you want when you
Designing your life : how to build a well-lived, joyful life by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Designing your work life : how to thrive and change and find happiness at work by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Do over : rescue Monday, reinvent your work, and never get stuck by Acuff, Jonathan M
Don
Eat, sleep, work, repeat : 30 hacks for bringing joy to your job by Daisley, Bruce
Fair play : a game-changing solution for when you have too much to do (and more life to live) by Rodsky, Eve
Feminist fight club : an office survival manual (for a sexist workplace) by Bennett, Jessica
Finding work you love : three steps to getting your perfect job after college by Snyder, Kirk
Get hired now! : how to accelerate your job search, stand out, and land your next great opportunity by Siegel, Ian
Great answers, great questions for your job interview by Block, Jay A.
Great pajama jobs : how to land a job without the commute by Hannon, Kerry
How women rise : break the 12 habits holding you back from your next raise, promotion, or job by Helgesen, Sally
I know how she does it : how successful women make the most of their time by Vanderkam, Laura
Knock
Long-life learning : preparing for jobs that don
Lose the resume : land the job by Burnison, Gary
Real artists don
Recalculating : navigate your career through the changing world of work by Pollak, Lindsey
Resumes for dummies by DeCarlo, Laura
Roadmap : the get-it-together guide for figuring out what to do with your life by McAllister, Brian
The 2-hour job search : using technology to get the right job faster by Dalton, Steve
The actor
The elements of résumé style essential rules for writing résumés and cover letters that work by Bennett, Scott
The genius habit : how one habit can radically change your work and your life by Garnett, Laura
The introvert
The job closer : time-saving techniques for acing resumes, interviews, negotiations, and more by Dalton, Steve
The professor is in : the essential guide to turning your Ph.D. into a job by Kelsky, Karen
What color is your parachute? 2020 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers by Bolles, Richard Nelson
Work won
Working from home : making the new normal work for you by Mangia, Karen
You turn : get unstuck, discover your direction, and design your dream career by Stahl, Ashley

Resumes

Get help with your resume.  Make an appointment for in person or remote one-on-one Resume and Cover letter Help.  Appointments are free. Please email jobseeker@sawyerfreelibrary.org to make an appointment for in-person resume assistance.

Writing a Resume

A resume gives potential employers a snapshot of your experience and highlights your skills. Resumes are typically about one page. However, if you have been in the workforce for several years you can extend your resume to two pages.  Potential employers will only spend about 15 seconds reviewing your resume before moving onto the next resume so you want your resume to stand out from the crowd.

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is used by those in the academic, medical or research fields. Curriculum Vitae (CV) will be much longer because they often include a bibliography of publications, such as books or articles, and presentations. 

Suggestions for drafting a new resume:

  • Tailor your resume content to each position you apply to if you can
  • Worry about formatting after you write your content
  • Break your resume into practical sections such as work experience, education, technical skills
  • Use bullet points to describe your accomplishments
  • Begin your bullet points with action verbs
  • Bullet points under your current job should be listed in the present tense. Bullet points in past positions should be in past tense
  • Have someone else proofread your resume
  • Use templates only for ideas on how to format not for the actual format
  • Follow the employer’s instructions about submission guidelines and supported file types
  • Include your name in the file name so it’s easy for the hiring professional to find your files ex: docx
  • Use a modern font such as Calibri, Cambria and Helvetica
  • If applicable, include a link to your LinkedIn profile, professional website, or other professional social media

One-on-One Resume Help

Get assistance with your resume, cover letter and more:

Helpful Links

Cover Letters

Strategies for Writing a Cover Letter

Cover letters communicate your willingness to work for a potential employer and can be used to demonstrate why you and your skills are the best fit. Effective cover letters can help you land interviews.

Suggestions for Writing Your Cover Letters:

  • Tailor a cover letter for each position you apply to
  • Keep your cover letter brief
  • Write about a situation or experience that demonstrates you have the skills to be successful
  • Read the job description carefully looking for keywords to incorporate into your letter
  • Explore the company’s web page and find recent news about the company looking for keywords or issues that you can relate to your experience
  • Follow the employer’s instructions about submission guidelines and supported file types
  • Use a San Serif fonts such as Calibri, Garamond, Helvitica, and Verdana, which are easier to read and ATS friendly (doesn’t have tails)
  • Include your name in the file name so it’s easy for the hiring professional to find your files ex: johnqpublic_coverletter.docx

Helpful Links

Purdue OWL: Job Search Letters

These resources will help you write job application letters, thank you and follow up letters, as well as effective acceptance and rejection letters. This section also contains links to other OWL resources geared for working class positions.

Interviewing

Helpful Links

Networking

Skill Development

Web Resources

Career Online High School
Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program funded by the Boston Public Library. Residents of the City of Boston who completed 8th grade and are 19-years-old with a valid BPL card are eligible to apply. Students who attended high school and did not complete it may be able to transfer previously earned credits. Students who successfully completed General Equivalency Diploma (GED®) segments may be able to apply towards their course work through the library

Class Central
Aggregator of MOOC (free online) course listings offered by Stanford Coursera, MITx, Harvardx, Berkleyx Udacity and more.

Code Academy
Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in seven different programming languages including Python, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.

edX
EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities can be taken here. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more

Future Learn
Learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts. Develop your career, learn a new skill, or pursue your hobbies with flexible online courses.

GCFlearnfree.org
For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

General Assembly
General Assembly is an educational institution focusing on education in technology, business and design at 14 campuses across four continents including Boston. The Boston Public library hosts some of General Assembly’s free workshops.

Harvard Ed Portal
The Harvard Ed Portal offers free innovative learning opportunities through collaborations among Harvard University, Allston-Brighton, and the greater community.

HubSpot Academy
Take your professional skills to the next level with free, online training from HubSpot Academy. From quick, practical courses to comprehensive certifications, learn everything you need to know about the most sought-after business skills.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos.

Modern States
A non-profit dedicated to making a high quality college education free of cost and accessible to any person who seeks one.

Library Resources

LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning is an American massive open online course provider. It provides video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills.

Job Hunting Resources

Cape Ann

Massachusetts Job Boards

  • Hire Culture
    The Mass Cultural Council is proud to offer Hire Culture, a FREE, searchable database of cultural employment opportunities throughout Massachusetts.
  • Mgov Jobs & Unemployment
    Find information, tools and resources for working in Massachusetts.
  • Massachusetts JobQuest
    Part of America’s Job Bank. This menu-driven search also contains links to other state employment agencies’
  • Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
    The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the nonprofit sector, a statewide organization that brings together all parts of the nonprofit ecosystem—nonprofits, funders, community and business leaders, and elected officials—to strengthen nonprofits and raise the sector’s voice on critical issues.

National Job Boards

  • Career Builder
    com is one of the largest online employment websites with more than 1,900 partners including AOL and MSN and 140 newspapers.
  • Careerjet.com
    Careerjet maps the huge selection of job offerings available on the internet in one database by referencing job listings originating from job boards, recruitment agency websites and large specialist recruitment sites. Careerjet’s job search engine network encompasses over 90 countries, featuring separate interfaces that are translated into 28 languages.
  • Dice.com
    Dice is the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals.
  • HigherEdJobs.com
    Search for academic jobs by position, location, or keyword.
  • Idealist.org
    Search for employment, internships, information on events, resources, service, volunteering and employment. Searchable directory of 10,000 non-profit organizations in 150 countries.
  • Indeed.com
    Search job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, newspapers, associations, and company career pages.
  • Local Job Board
    All jobs posted on LocalJobBoard.com are categorized by city, state, and industry.
  • Mashable Job Board
    Find tech, digital and social media job openings. Also includes resume and interview tips.
  • Monster.com
    Job postings and other resources such as resume preparation, networking, and career info.
  • SimplyHiredcom
    Search jobs from job boards, classifieds and company sites. This site also tracks employment and occupation trends.
  • USAJobs.gov
    Use this website to find federal jobs in Massachusetts or around the country
  • ZipRecruiter
    Search for jobs hiring in your area using ZipRecruiter’s job search engine.

Technology Services

Printing and photocopying, both black & white and color, plus scanning and saving via email and flash drive are available at Sawyer Free Library. Patrons can print or photocopy up to 10 pages per day for free. Computers, Chromebooks, tablets and WiFi Hotspots are available for public use.

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