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.
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.
Research a Career Use 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.
Private companies are more difficult to research. Contact the Business, Science and Technology Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland’s State Library Resource Center, to access Mergent Online (which now includes the D&B Million Dollar Database), and Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies 2013.
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.
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:
University System of Maryland listings include jobs at Coppin State University, Universities at Bowie, Frostburg, Salisbury, Towson, The University of Baltimore and University of Maryland Institutions.
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:
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.
Maryland Higher Education Commission maintains a list of approved occupational training programs and providers. Qualifying individuals registered through a One Stop Center can get funding through the Workforce Investment Act to enroll in one of these programs:
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.
One Stop Career Centers are a statewide network that provides employment, education, and training services to both individuals and employers, all in one place.
Maryland Workforce Exchange is specifically designed for job seekers, students, case managers, employers, training providers, workforce professionals, and others seeking benefits and services. The system provides fast access to a complete set of employment tools in one website.
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:
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