We can help you find your next job
Looking for a job? The Library is a great place to start your job search, with resources for discovering a new career path, gaining new job skills, creating a cover letter and resume, and finding job opportunities. Free job search and career development programs and special job search computers will be available at Ballard Branch, Rainier Beach Branch, and on level 7 at the Central Library when The Seattle Public Library reopens.
Get Started with Your Job Search
Many in our community are being laid off from work due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. You may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Washington State Employment Security Department. To see if you qualify for benefits, check the Employment Security Department’s web page, and know that emergency rules have been adopted that expand who is eligible during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have partnered with WorkSource Seattle-King County and are a WorkSource Connection Site. WorkSource Partners are equal opportunity employers and provide employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for persons with disabilities.
We have job search resources you can use for free, on our computers or anywhere with an internet connection.
Your Next Job
Get free one-on-one help with your job and unemployment questions by phone, online or text messaging. We can help you with basic technology skills, getting started with unemployment, help you learn new skills or apply for your next job.
Online Resources - Career Discovery & Job Skills
Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women - ANEW helps women learn more about construction trades and industrial careers in King County though free job counseling, financial support and workshops.
Washington Career Bridge - Career Bridge is a state government website with education programs, career quiz, and labor market data.
CareerOneStop - The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors this website that tracks wage and salary information by occupation, location, and highest paying jobs.
O*NET OnLine - O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Find educational requirements, earnings, working conditions, and hiring outlook for a full range of job types.
O'Reilly Complete Public Library - Improve your computer and business skills. Access nearly 50,000 titles, including 7,000 videos about computing, databases, programming, web design and more. Formerly Safari Books Online.
Puget Sound Welcome Back Center - Puget Sound Welcome Back Center provides support for internationally educated professionals entering the job market in their field of study.
WOIS/The Career Information System - WOIS provides 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.
Washington State Labor Market Info - The Labor Market and Economic Analysis team provides data and analysis of Washington state's employment conditions, economy, job market and workforce.
WorkSourceWA.com - WorkSourceWA.com is your entry point to the WorkSource system. It offers all the industry-leading expertise of Monster.com, access to thousands of jobs and advanced job search tools, and connection to local WorkSource offices for expert job search assistance.
Cover Letter & Resume
Find books and resources to help you create winning cover letters and resumes.
Resume Builder - This easy to use resume builder from the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County will help you create a professional resume.
Workshops – Attend no-cost workshops including Resume & Cover Letters, Interviewing, and more from our WorkSource partners.
Covid-19 Job Search Resources
During the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workforce needs have emerged, including hiring increases for grocery stores, cleaning services, healthcare, delivery, and others.
WorkSource of Seattle/King County – Essential Workforce Needs
Greater Seattle Partners – Job Resources
Google Pathways – In-Demand Jobs
General Job Search Resources
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.
- Local and national job websites – the following is a list of local and national job search sites. Here are a few examples:
- AARP Job Search - AARP works with employers who are interested in maintaining an age-diverse/experienced workforce.
- CareerBuilder- One of the oldest job search websites with free tools for creating resumes and cover letters.
- CASY - This military-affiliated nonprofit organization supports a job board and career resources exclusively for Veterans, Transitioning Military and Military Spouses.
- City of Seattle Job Opportunities - Create a NeoGov account to apply for career opportunities in departments of the City of Seattle.
- Craigslist- Craigslist is a classified ads website that includes job listings in an easy to use, text-based format.
- Glass Door- Read reviews from candidates that interviewed for actual positions at a company, plus other "inside" information.
- Governmentjobs.com - GovernmentJobs.com is the largest public sector job board in the country. Automatically save your applications in a centralized place so you can keep track of where you've applied and check the status of your submission.
- Idealist - For 25 years, Idealist has been supporting nonprofit organizations with job and internship postings, career fairs, and a graduate school directory.
- Indeed- Indeed.com is the most widely used website for job seekers, with thousands of jobs posted each day.
- Job Openings with King County - Use your Governementjobs.com account to search and apply for career opportunities in King County departments.
- LinkedIn - Limit your job search to companies where you have contacts with this professional networking platform for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
- Monster- This widely used job search site is the official partner of WorkSourceWA.
- NWJobs- The Seattle Times hosts this local job board.
- USAJOBS - Search for U.S. government jobs using the official job site of the United States federal government.
- Washington State Colleges and Universities - State colleges, universities, and technical colleges manage their recruitment and hiring independently. To find out about job openings at higher education institutions, check out their employment web sites.
- Working for Washington State - Find a government job at a state agency in the in Washington State. Use your Governmentjobs.com account.
- WorkSource Seattle-King County - WorkSource Seattle-King County works with local organizations to connect job seekers with employers.
- WorkSource Washington- WorkSourceWA.com is your entry point to the WorkSource system. It offers all the industry-leading expertise of Monster.com, access to thousands of jobs and advanced job search tools, and connection to local WorkSource offices for expert job search assistance.
- ZipRecruiter - Search over eight million job listings in the United States.
Microsoft Office Specialist & Technology Associate Certification Exams
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications are an industry recognized certification demonstrating one's proficiency to an employer or prospective college. MOS certifications validate one's tech knowledge in a Microsoft Office application. MTA certifications are for tech professionals with tracks in software development, databases (data platform administration and business intelligence), and IT infrastructure (desktop and server infrastructure, and private cloud computing). The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Washington State Library to offer free MOS and MTA certification exams as a part of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program.
For a limited time, exams are being offered virtually as Exams from Home (in person exams are not currently available) - please read Certiport’s Test Candidate Guide to ensure your device meets the technical requirements.