All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.
Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1
Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.
Looking for a job? Find help at any Library location. Free job search and career development classes are offered at the Central, Northgate and Rainier Beach branches. Special Job Search computers are also available at these locations. For more information call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.
The Seattle Public Library has partnered with WorkSource Seattle-King County to become a WorkSource Connection Site. WorkSource Partners are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for persons with disabilities.
FREE classes - Learn how to use a computer, get an email address, or improve basic English skills.
FREE voice mail access - No telephone? ConnectUp can provide voice mail access so potential employers can leave messages.
FREE resources - The Job Resource Center on Level 5 of the Central Library has computers and reference items to help with your job search. You may use a computer for two hours per day, which does not count toward your general Internet time.
Career Discovery & Job Skills
WOIS/The Career Information System - Washington state information on salaries, educational programs, schools and training requirements for various jobs. Includes tools to help you choose a career. To use this resource from home, call the Library at 206-386-4636 for login information. Watch our video.
Career Bridge - Washington State government websitewith education programs, career quiz, and labor market data.
Occupational Handbook Online - Find educational requirements, earnings, working conditions, and hiring outlook for a full range of job types.
Adult Learning Center - Get one-on-one help with your resume, tips on starting a job search, and more! Tutors are available every day, except holidays, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Live Resume Help- Get one-on-one help with your resume, tips on starting a job search, and more! Tutors are available every day, except holidays, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Select "Write a Winning Resume" to get started.
Career Transitions - Create a resume using an easy, step-by-step resume wizard. Explore occupational interests and match them with career paths.
Resume Worksheet (PDF) - Use this worksheet to record your previous jobs and activities. You will need this information when creating a resume or applying for jobs.
Employers often advertise job openings in three ways:
Individual company websites - Interested in a job at a specific company? Look on the company's Web site.
Industry trade websites & listservs - Trade associations advertise jobs online. We can help you identify trade associations for your industry.
ReferenceUSA - Combine the power of the premeir business reference and research tool, ReferenceUSA, with the world's #1 job site, indeed.com. Find your next job with our state-of-the-art mapping tool and view results with detailed business profiles.
Local and national job websites - List local and national job openings. Here are a few examples:
Most employers interview candidates to find the best person for the job. During an interview you will explain your skills and interest in the job. You also will want to pay attention to appropriate interview behavior. Here are a few tips:
Find out something about the company or organization before the interview
Review your accomplishments before your interview
Be on time
Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet
Try to relax. Avoid signs of nervousness such as tapping your foot, drumming your fingers, etc.