Job & Career Resources

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NetworkRI Statewide Events - The local centers are in Woonsocket and Providence. They offer computer classes, resume help, interview skills, job fairs, and recruitment.

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Looking for a Job?

Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training
RI Department of Labor & Training Job Search Portal

--This is a free job search site provided by the RI Department of Labor & Training.
Jobs in RI
RI Jobs
Providence Journal Job Ads

RI Government Job Openings

Craigslist RI

RI Community Jobs List
--This is a public email announcement list put out by the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. If you are interested in non-profit work sign up to receive the list via email.

Available at the library on the 2nd floor. Locate using the Dewey Decimal Number or ask a librarian for assistance.
Cool Careers for Dummies / 331.7 NEM
Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide / 650.14 YAT
Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance / 331.7 ENC
150 Great Tech Prep Careers / 331.7 ONE
The Top 100: Fastest Growing Careers for the 21st Century / 331.7 TOP
Make Your Contacts Count / 650.13 BAB
Networking for People Who Hate Networking / 650.13 ZAC
Out-Of-Work and Over 40 / 650.14 LAS
Job Hunting Techniques for Everyone / 650.14 SKI
Out Of Uniform: Your guide to a Successful Military-to Civilian Career Transition / 650.14 WOL

Using RSS Feeds to Search for Jobs
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to recieve new content from web sites, rather than having to go out and look for it. When searching for jobs, it allows new job postings to come to you, rather than for you to have to check job posting sites daily.
To get started you will need to choose an RSS Feed Reader for your content. Examples of readers are Google Reader or iGoogle (good choice if you already have a Gmail account), My Yahoo (ditto a Yahoo account), mobile apps, or through your email account such as Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail.
Next you need content. Go to the job posting site and look for the RSS feed image and click on the icon (shown above). Not all sites offer a feed, so you may not be able to subscribe to some sites. You will be asked how you would like to receive the feed and this is where you will be asked to choose either email, Google Reader, mobile apps, etc.
For more information on RSS feeds click here.

Business Resources for Job Hunters
Business & Workforce Development Center at Providence Public LibraryThe library assists individuals, entrepeneurs, and small businesses to succeed by providing specialized services and library collections in business, patent, trademark, government documents, and foundations. A Business Services Librarian is available to answer questions.
Search for a Job, Research an Organization--A to Z DatabaseAre you a job seeker, entrepeneur, business student, marketing researcher, or someone just looking for a phone number for a business or person? A to Z Database allows you to search for a job and research businesses or people and then save that information in an Excel spreadsheet or PDF.

Social Networking for Job Hunters
LinkedIn Sign up for an account to begin online professional networking. To help you get started, classes are often held through the RI Department of Labor & Training.

Social Media & Job Search Books
Available at the library on the 2nd floor. Locate using the Dewey Decimal Number or ask a librarian for assistance.
Sam's Teach Yourself LinkedIn in 10 Minutes / 650.13 RUT
LinkedIn for Dummies / 650.14 ELA
Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies / 650.14 WAL
Branding Yourself: Using Social Media to Invent or Reinvent Yourself / 650.13 DEC
Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0 / 331.7 NEM

Resumes & Cover Letters

Resume Help from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
Cover Letter Help Purdue University's Online Writing Lab Tutorials

10 Cover Letter Tips from MA's Labor & Workforce Development

10 Things to Avoid on your Resume by MA's Labor & Workforce Development

Free resume templates available from Microsoft Office.

Resume Books
Available at the library on the 2nd Floor. Locate using the Dewey Decimal Number or ask a librarian for assistance.
Expert Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions / 650.14 ENE
Expert Resumes for People Returning to Work / 650.14 ENE
Expert Resumes for Teachers and Educators / 650.14 ENE
Competency-Based Resumes / 650.14 KES
Gallery of Best Resumes / 650.14 NOB
Resumes for Computer Careers / 650.14 RES
Resumes for Re-Entering the Job Market / 650.14 RES
Federal Resume Guidebook / 640.14 TRO
Resumes for Dummies / 650.142 KEN
Blue Collar Resumes / 650.142 PRO
Knock 'Em Dead Resumes / 650.142 YAT

Cover Letter Books
The Adams Cover Letter Almanac / 650.142 ADA
The Resume and Cover Letter Phrase Book / 650.142 SCH
15-Minute Cover Letter / 650.14 FAR

Online Databases

You will need a valid library card to access the databases from outside the library.

Learning Express Library Free eBooks and quick online courses to help you learn how to make your resume or cover letter stand apart from the crowd.
Choose "Job Search & Workplace Skills" from the left-side menu
Next, choose "Job Search, Resumes & Interviewing"
Then, choose "Creating Great Resumes & Cover Letters" It is more than just a homework help site. Includes career resources, such as resume writing guidelines and templates, sample resumes and cover letters.
Scroll down, almost to the bottom of the page and choose "Career Resources"
Select a topic, subject, and subtopic

Universal Class Online continuing education classes with a growing catalog of over 500 courses. After a quick online registration you can take a course in resume writing or other career training classes.
*Currently this database is only available to Cumberland Residents.
Login or register as a new member
Under "Areas of Study" choose "Writing Skills"
Choose "Resume Writing 101"


Interviewing Books
Available at the library on the 2nd Floor. Locate using the Dewey Decimal Number or ask a librarian for assistance.
The Essential Phone Interview Handbook / 650.14 BAI
Acing the Interview / 650.14 BES
Active Interviewing / 650.14 KRA
Job Interviews that Get You Hired / 650.144 JOB
Job Interviews for Dummies / 650.144 KEN

Public Speaking Skills
Join Toastmasters where you can practice your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. There are over 13,000 clubs around the globe and one meets here at the Cumberland Public Library.
Meeting Dates: every month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays
Meeting Time: 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Contact: Raul Martinez, Vice President of Public Relations

Public Speaking Books
Public Speaking and Presentations Demystified / 808.5 TEM
Present Like a Pro: The Field Guide to Mastering the Art of Business, Professional and Public Speaking / 808.51 MAX

Computer Classes

"Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living."
Cumberland Public Library - The library offers many computer classes to help you build your tech skills. Call to find out our current schedule or click the link above to view our monthly events calendar. To register or for more information call 401-333-2552.
Cumberland Senior Center - The Senior Center provides computer classes every Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. To register or for more information call 401-333-2555.
Providence Community Libraries
- The Providence Community Libraries offers a range of free computer classes every month. Topics may include Microsoft Office Suite, Internet basics, Adobe Photoshop, how to buy and sell on eBay. Class times and locations vary. To register or for more information call 401-223-1200, x1950.
Providence Public Library - The Providence Public Library has computer/technology classes geared towards the business professional. Learn how to build a website, the basics of online marketing through social media and other online tools for small businesses. Class times vary. To register or for more information call 401-455-8026, after 1 PM.
Microsoft Office Online Training - Microsoft, the creator of Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher, and Access offers free online training to help boost your skills.