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 to become 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.
Job Search One-on-One
Get free one-on-one help with your job search from a WorkSource specialist. Help topics may include: resume, cover letter, online job search, applying for jobs, and interviewing techniques. Calendar for appointment sign-ups coming soon.
Online Resources - Career Discovery & Job Skills
Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women - Helps women learn more about construction trades and industrial careers in King County though free job counseling, financial support and workshops.
Career Bridge - Washington State government website with education programs, career quiz, and labor market data.
CareerOneStop - Wage and Salary Information - Salary information by occupation, location, highest paying jobs.
O*NET OnLine - Information on occupations.
Occupational Handbook Online - Find educational requirements, earnings, working conditions, and hiring outlook for a full range of job types.
Safari Books Online - Improve your computer and business skills. Access more than 1,000 digital books on computing, databases, programming, Web design and more.
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.
Workforce Explorer Washington - Labor market information and forecasts from the state of Washington.
WorkSourceWA.com - WorkSourceWA.com offers all the industry-leading expertise of Monster.com. It offers job seekers access to thousands of jobs and advanced job-search tools to find career opportunities more easily.
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.
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
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 - List local and national job openings. Here are a few examples:
- AARP Job Search - A job search site for people over 50.
- CareerBuilder- One of the oldest job search websites with free tools for creating resumes and cover letters.
- CASY - Job search site for veterans of military service.
- Craigslist- Online classified ads website that includes job listings by location.
- Glass Door- Read reviews from candidates that interviewed for actual positions at a company, plus other "inside" information.
- Indeed- The most widely used websites for job seekers, with thousands of jobs posted each day.
- Job Openings with King County - Browse career opportunities in King County departments.
- LinkedIn- Online professional networking platform for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
- Monster- Widely used job search site, and the official partner of WorkSourceWA.
- NWjobs- Job classified ads from The Seattle Times.
- USAJOBS - Search for U.S. government jobs using the official job site of the United States federal government.
- Working for Washington State - Find a government job in Washington State.
- WorkSource Washington- Access an assortment of free resources for job searching, workshops and hiring events, coaching, and much more.
- 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 industry recognized certifications demonstrating one's tech proficiency to an employer or prospective college. We are partnering with Washington State Library to offer MOS and MTA certification exams as a part of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program. We offer these normally paid exams for free.
Now through June 18th our exam partner Certiport is pleased to provide free learning trials to some of their most popular MOS and MTA web-based learning resources:
- Gmetrix – practice MOS and MTA exams
- LearnKey – video MOS and MTA e-courses with pre/post assessments, project based learning, and student workbooks with practice files
If you are interested in preparing for a MOS and/or MTA exam from home, please email MicrosoftCertifications@spl.org to request a temporary access code for Gmetrix and/or LearnKey.