Fall River Public Library
Job Hunting Resources
The Fall River Public Library offers help to all job hunters. Anyone with a library card can use library computers to create resumes and cover letters, search for jobs online and fill out online applications. You can create a free email account to use for job applications, and we also offer faxing at a reasonable rate ($1 for the first page, $.50 for each additional page). 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. If you are filling out job applications online and need extra time, please ask a librarian. There are eight internet computers and two additional computers equipped with a microfilm reader and a scanner. Thank you to the Wal-Mart Foundation for making it possible for us to offer more computers to job seekers.
The library offers Optimal Resume, an easy-to-use online program that can help you create polished, professional-quality resumes and cover letters. It offers a variety of templates you can use, customize, and download in different formats, including Word and PDF files. You also have the option to save your resume online, create an online portfolio with samples of your work, and build a web site in just minutes.
You'll need a Fall River Public Library card to sign in to Optimal Resume. You can use it in the library or at home. If you need help, ask a librarian.
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.
This state site lists both private and state jobs in Rhode Island, as well as job fairs.
Glassdoor is a job search site with a difference: it includes salary information, interview questions, and company reviews from people who have actually worked in these companies.
Hire Culture is a place where artists and people with an interest in the arts and culture can search for jobs and internships in museums, art galleries, theater, performing arts, and cultural organizations throughout Massachusetts.
Jobs in the nonprofit sector, along with internships and volunteer opportunities.
A "search engine for jobs" that lets searchers access millions of employment opportunities with one simple keyword search.
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 networking site lets you post your resume and connect with other people working in your field.
This state site lists both private and state jobs, as well as job fairs.
Look for jobs in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry, and science.
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. There are also links for budgeting and money management help.
Search jobs both locally and nationally and find employment statistics and a post-tax salary calculator.
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.
Search jobs by category, browse current listings, and post a resume to look for jobs locally and nationally.
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.
A career advice blog with helpful, specific tips for writing resumes, creating an outstanding career profile on LinkedIn, applying for jobs online, and more.
The library subscribes to the Fall River Herald News, 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.
© by the Fall River Public Library. Last updated September 12, 2016