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.

Recommended Search Terms for Finding Library Books – Search the FLLS catalog to find job and career-related books at your local library
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.
Zety BlogFormely Uptowork. Features tips for resume writing, cover letters, interviews, and jobseeking. Also includes a resume builder.

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:

See Resources for Specific Populations to browse online resources for LGBTQ individuals, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Also, check out the recommended websites listed below.

Individuals with Criminal Records:

The Prime Objective: A Guide to Preparing the Job Seeking Ex-Offender
Legal Action Center: Employment & Education Resources
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 Workers with Disabilities Program

LGBTQ Individuals:

Resource Guide for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Job Seekers
Out for Work
LGBTQ Students and College Affordability

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 Resources
AARP: Work & Jobs
Experience Works
National Older Worker Career Center


Teenspace Job Hunting Resources
Job Corps


Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS)
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