Job Seeker Resources

We can help you find your next job

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.

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

Suggested Reading

Coming soon

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.

Suggested Reading

Coming soon

Interviewing

Helpful Links

Suggested Reading

Coming soon

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 (database coming soon)

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.

Calendar

08
June
A Guide to Interviewing for Graduating Students and their Families
7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for A Guide to Interviewing for Graduating Students and their Families

Register here for the 7pm-8:30pm session.

This skills-based workshop is geared toward high school students college and college graduates facing employment interviews and college interviews. In this session, we will learn a variety of strategies to help students navigate through this challenging experience. We will review key preparation checklists and examine best practices to help create a unique voice that will separate individual students from the pack of others. We will also discuss social media and the dangers of posting too much. With presenter Gary Gekow.

09
June
Changing Careers
7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for Changing Careers

Register here.

Are you looking to change your career or find news ways to apply your skills and experience? Join Ilene Rudman for a workshop that will focus on issues such as: Is it time for a change? What is the cost of change—energy, income, time? What is realistic for you and your life—how risk ready are you? How to decide if and when to make such a change? And tips for dealing with changes in the job market and job search.

09
June
Managing Stress During Your Job Search
12pm-12:30pm
Details for Managing Stress During Your Job Search

Register here.

To help with your job search stress, we are offering a series of half-hour programs to give you the tools to deal with that stress. Join Ilene Rudman for a series of four workshops throughout the month of June. Topics to be covered include Mindfulness Meditation, Guided Visualizations, Breathing Exercises and Affirmations/Cognitive Restructuring. Participants are invited to drop-into as many as they would like, but encouraged to attend as many as possible. The focus is on job seekers but anyone is welcome to attend.

15
June
Resume Writing Review
11:00am-12:30pm & 7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for Resume Writing Review
16
June
Managing Stress During Your Job Search
12pm-12:30pm
Details for Managing Stress During Your Job Search

Register here.

Are you looking to change your career or find news ways to apply your skills and experience? Join Ilene Rudman for a workshop that will focus on issues such as: Is it time for a change? What is the cost of change—energy, income, time? What is realistic for you and your life—how risk ready are you? How to decide if and when to make such a change? And tips for dealing with changes in the job market and job search.

22
June
Cover and Thank You Letter Review
11:00am-12:30pm & 7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for Cover and Thank You Letter Review
23
June
Managing Stress During Your Job Search
12pm-12:30pm
Details for Managing Stress During Your Job Search

Register here.

Are you looking to change your career or find news ways to apply your skills and experience? Join Ilene Rudman for a workshop that will focus on issues such as: Is it time for a change? What is the cost of change—energy, income, time? What is realistic for you and your life—how risk ready are you? How to decide if and when to make such a change? And tips for dealing with changes in the job market and job search.

29
June
Interview Preparation
11:00am-12:30pm & 7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for Interview Preparation
30
June
Managing Stress During Your Job Search
12pm-12:30pm
Details for Managing Stress During Your Job Search

Register here.

Are you looking to change your career or find news ways to apply your skills and experience? Join Ilene Rudman for a workshop that will focus on issues such as: Is it time for a change? What is the cost of change—energy, income, time? What is realistic for you and your life—how risk ready are you? How to decide if and when to make such a change? And tips for dealing with changes in the job market and job search.

13
July
Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview
11:00am-12:30pm & 7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview

Register here for the 11am-12:30pm session.

Register here for 7pm-8:30pm session.

Prior to COVID-19 many companies were implementing phone and video interviews as part of their hiring process. Now virtual interviews are becoming commonplace as it relates to remote hiring. This Zoom workshop will address many topics including ideal locations and conditions for conducting the interview, the importance of body language, technology overviews, appropriate dress codes, and strategies to build confidence. With presenter Gary Gekow.

27
July
The Importance of LinkedIn
7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for The Importance of LinkedIn

Register here.

Did you know that there are over 467 million LinkedIn users worldwide? We will review best practices as they relate to online profile creation and managing one’s account. We will also discuss the many additional usages of LinkedIn including the importance of joining groups and getting others to offer testimonials. With presenter Gary Gekow.

03
August
Online Job Search and Resume Submittal
11:00am-12:30pm & 7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for Online Job Search and Resume Submittal
10
August
The Art of Networking
7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for The Art of Networking

Register here.

Job fairs, corporate hiring events, Meetups and other online social media platforms are just some of the avenues where people can promote their networking skills. While attending these events and dropping off a resume is a good start, deeper engagement is required in today’s job market. We will discuss networking strategies to better enhance your employment attainment prospects. With presenter Gary Gekow.

24
August
Adjusting to a Changing New Normal
7:00pm-8:30pm
Details for Adjusting to a Changing New Normal

Register here. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on employment issues and job search trends. This interactive virtual Zoom meeting will address a series of topics including, but not limited to working from home, remaining positive and productive amidst disruptions to everyday life, building relationships through collaborations, and taking advantage of free online tools. With presenter Gary Gekow.

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