Jobseeker Resource Guide

Jobseeker Resource Guide

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Recommended Resource Lists for Everyone:

General Resources

JobNow™ consists of a unique suite of resources for job seekers, including access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one assistance. JobNow™ services include: templates, on-demand tutorials, helpful links and tips, live interview coaching, resume lab, live career assistance, eParachute, Optimal Resume, and the Adult Learning Center. The Adult Learning Center provides foundational, career-enhancing skills to adult learners through test preparation (including the TASC and the U.S. Citizenship Test) and a comprehensive academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. JobNow™ resources are available 24/7. Live services are available from 2pm-11pm; 7 days/week. Available from home. Funded by the Finger Lakes Library System with help from the Friends of Tompkins County Public Library and the NYS Adult Literacy Library Services Program.
Career One-Stop – The best all-around site for jobseekers (federally-funded)
How to Spot Job Scams – Learn how to protect yourself. – Link concerning workers’ rights.
Learn How to Become – A career is a commitment; a career is hard work; a career is your passion. Are you ready to find yours?
National Career Development Association – Internet sites for career planning.
NYS Department of Labor
WorkforceGPS – Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, provides a central tool for workforce professionals and their partners who strive to improve outcomes for job seekers and employers through informed decisions.
Purdue OWL – The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Click on “Job Search Writing” in the menu on the left side to view resources and tips for job applications and resume/cover letter writing.

Recommended Search Terms for Finding Library Books – Search the FLLS catalog to find job and career-related books at your local library. Start your search by searching for the following “Subject” terms:

  • Career changes
  • Career Development
  • Civil Service – Examinations
  • Cover letters
  • Employment interviewing
  • Job hunting
  • Job skills
  • Occupations – United States
  • Resumes
  • Vocational Guidance

Civil Service:

NYS Department of Civil Service
Job Listings and Employment Information: Upcoming job listings by county.
Test Guides and Resource Booklets: Free booklets for upcoming exams from NYS.
Passbooks: Purchase your own study guide from Passbooks or click here to search the catalog for “Passbooks.” Try also searching for “civil service” or by type of exam.

Specialized Resources

Individuals with Criminal Records:

CareerOneStop Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders
Department of Labor: Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: Information and resources.
Job Search Guide for People with Convictions
Library of Congress Reentry and Employment Resources for Justice-Involved Individuals
Finding Your Way: A Reentry Guide for People Returning from Prison or Jail to Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins Counties in NYSPDF Icon Small

Individuals with Disabilities:

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
ACCES-VR (Vocational Rehabilitation): Assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living.
NYS Department of Labor: Persons with Disabilities: Information and resources.

LGBTQ Individuals:

Lambda Legal Employment Resources
LGBTQ Students and College Affordability
National Center for Transgender Equality Employment Resources
Out & Equal | Workplace Advocates
Out Professionals Job Board & Resources

Minority Groups and Immigrants:

Office for New Americans: Strengthen Job Skills
Upwardly Global
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

55+ Individuals:

NYS Office For the Aging Employment & Volunteering
AARP: Work & Jobs
Experience Works
National Older Worker Career Center


Job Corps
NYS Department of Labor Youth Resources Summer and Youth Employment Resources


Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS)
NYS Department of Labor: Services for Veterans
NYS Governor’s Programs to Hire Veterans with Disabilities

Additional Jobseeker Resource Guides:

New York State Library: Job and Career Information in New York’s Public Libraries 
New York Public Library: Job Search Assistance

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