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Job and Career Information Center Collection and State Library Resources

Job Seeker’s Toolkit

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This toolkit is designed to support the 2013-14 Personal Job and Career Assistance program at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Sign up for a clinic session by calling the library ahead of the scheduled clinic day to reserve an appointment.

Quick Start Links:  Get Email  •  Write a Resume  •  Find a Job Opening  •  Apply for a Job  •  Interviewing

Job Seeker Planning

Planning and Researching

Register for an Email Address
Develop your Computer Skills
Career Planning Map
Research a Career
Research a Potential Employer
Avoid Employment-Related Scams
Job Seeker Looking

Looking for a Job Opening

Find a Job Opening Online
Finding University, Federal, State, and Medical Jobs in Maryland
Private Employers
Employment for Teens
Employment for Ex-Offenders
Job Seeker Application

Preparing your Application

Completing an Online Application
Writing a Resume
Writing a Cover Letter

 

Job Seeker Interviewing

Interviewing

Interviewing
Job Seeker Benefits

Benefits, Permits, and Licenses

Vocational Training
Applying for Maryland Unemployment Benefits
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Licensing
Job Seeker Further Assistance

Further Assistance

Job and Career Center Classes
County Employment Statistics
Workforce Development Agencies
Ask Us

 

Planning and Researching


Register for an Email Address

  • Two popular providers of web-based email accounts are Google Gmail, and Yahoo.
     
  • For help registering for a web-based e-mail account, read the GMail and Yahoo registration help documents (PDF) from Enoch Pratt Free Library
     
  • Note: Gmail asks new registrants for a cellphone number, so if you do not have a cellphone that can receive text messages, please select another email service.
     
  • Note: If you will be using this email account to contact employers, consider selecting a professional-sounding email address.

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Develop Your Computer Skills 

  • Attend computer classes in the Public Computer Center at the Central Library. Available classes include beginning computer classes as well as introductions to Microsoft Office and using the Internet. No registration is necessary. Calendar of upcoming classes.

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Career Planning Map 

  • Use the Career Planning Map from the Job & Career Center at the Enoch Pratt Free Library to assess your skills, explore careers, plan your education or find a job.

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Research a Career
Job Seeker ResearchUse these resources to research a career before you submit an application and to evaluate a position after you have received a job offer.

  • Use the Career Guidance Online database from the Enoch Pratt Free Library to explore careers and find out about new opportunities.
     
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics contains information about specific careers. Entries describe what the work in a particular field is like, what compensation and benefits can be expected, and what qualifications are required. The “Job Outlook” section of each job entry shows projections about the number of jobs in that field in the years to come.
     
  • O*Net, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, describes what a job or career is “really like” by exploring the common features of different careers.
     
  • MyNextMove.org, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, can be accessed either by a keyword search, browsing known industries, or answering survey questions. The site is also available in Spanish.
     
  • Career One-Stop, also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, can be used to research a career, look at detailed, state-specific occupation and industry profiles, use self-assessment tools, and learn more about salaries & benefits, education & training, and resumes & interviews.

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Research a Potential Employer 

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Avoid Employment-Related Scams 

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Looking for a Job Opening


Job Seeker Find OnlineFind a Job Opening Online
  • Baltimore Craigslist Postings are broken up into categories.  Job search can be limited by different categories, including part-time, telecommute, contract, internship, or non-profit.
     
  • Baltimore Sun Classified Ads through Career Builder. Baltimore City jobs are included, and the Web site can also be searched for jobs nationwide.
     
  • Career Builder is an online job marketplace affiliated with 90 newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. Registered users can also post résumés and set up job alerts.
     
  • Career One-Stop includes a nationwide job-search tool.
     
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library’s listing of Employment Services can help you find a work placement.
     
  • Indeed collects job listings from many different websites of all kinds, presenting you with a wide range of vacancies from multiple sources.
     
  • Job Fetch includes job ads from local newspapers in DC, MD and VA. JobFetch includes information on continuing education, company profiles, and career resources.
     
  • LinkUp is a job search engine that focuses on job postings on company websites.
     
  • Maryland Workforce Exchange lists jobs in the State of Maryland, and includes quick links to areas of the workforce with a high profile or demand, such as green jobs, jobs in cyber security, and jobs at BWI Marshall Airport. Watch a three-minute video about how to use the Maryland Workforce Exchange website.
     
  • Monster is a large site listing multiple vacancies. Sign up to upload resumes & apply for jobs.
     
  • SnagAJob lists part-time and full-time hourly jobs and is a great place to look for customer service work, and if you want to start work immediately.
     
  • Jobing is a site connecting job seekers in the Greater Baltimore area with local employers.

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Finding University, Federal, and Medical Jobs in Maryland
Many of Maryland’s largest employers are Educational, Medical or Government agencies. Review this list from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Educational Institutions
Explore vacancies advertised by public and private universities in Maryland. Employment opportunities are listed on the following pages:

Federal Employment 

State Government Jobs 

Job Seeker MedicalMedical Employment 

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Private Employers
Look for a career with one of the major private-sector employers in Maryland:

 

  •  Read insider information on companies regarding jobs, salaries, company reviews, & interview questions through:

              Glassdoor

 

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Employment for Teens 

  • Are you a teen looking for work? These sites from the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Job and Career Center are a good place to start.
     
  • Information about work permits for minors ages 14-17 in Maryland is available from the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

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Employment for Ex-Offenders 

Sample Letter for Explaining Criminal Background

  
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding for the first six months of employment for hard-to-place job applicants. Eligible employees receive their bond letter from a local bonding services coordinator at a One-Stop Career Center. The Bonding Services Coordinator for the State of Maryland can be reached at:

Bonding Services Coordinator
1100 North Eutaw Street, Room 616
Baltimore, Maryland  21201
410-767-2018
410-333-5162 fax

For more information, see:

 

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Preparing Your Application


Completing an Online Application

Note: Write down and remember usernames and passwords for job sites and email, and remember the answers to security questions. Without this information, you will not be able to recover passwords to access email or profiles on employment websites.

Note: Allow enough time to complete an online application, and be prepared to be directed to a follow-up evaluation or assessment after submitting an application.

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Job Seeker ResumeWriting a Resume
Collect and organize information about your work history, education and references prior to writing a resume.  

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Writing a Cover Letter 

A cover letter should:

  • Be written specifically for each application
  • Amplify and reinforce (but not repeat) the sections of your resume that are relevant to the vacancy for which you are applying.
  • Positively connect your previous experience to the open position.
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for the position.

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Interviewing


Interviewing 

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Benefits, Permits, and Licenses


Job Seeker VocationalVocational Training

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Taking a Vocational Exam or Test 

  • Academic and Professional Testing is a guide from the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Job and Career Center that will help you find a proctor, and prepare for a test.
     
  • Practice taking tests online with the Learning Express Library database from Enoch Pratt Free Library.
     
  • Test Study Guides, available at the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center, are available to be checked out through the MARINA system of inter-library loan.  

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Applying for Maryland Unemployment Benefits 

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Completing a Web Certificate for Maryland Unemployment Benefit 

  • A WebCert is filed with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation every two weeks to confirm that an individual is still eligible to receive Maryland Unemployment Insurance.  

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Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Licensing

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Further Assistance


Job and Career Center Classes
  • Job and Career Center classes are scheduled regularly at the Central Library. Check the schedule of Classes

County Employment Statistics 

  • Maryland Monthly Employment Statistics is a report published by the State Library Resource Center using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
     
  • This report shows state and national trends in employment, as well as the employers and industries currently hiring in each Maryland County.
     
  • Use this report to find local employers and industries who are hiring in your county.  

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Job Seeker Workforce DevWorkforce Development Agencies

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Ask Us
If you would like more assistance with your job search, please visit us, email us through our Ask-A-Librarian service, call us at (410) 396-5317 or mail your question to:

Job and Career Information Center
Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore MD 21201
Interested in working for the library? Check the Jobs @ Pratt page for current listings.

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This initiative is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Bank of America. 

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