Job Seeking


Looking for a new job or seeking a career change? About to graduate? Need to gain new skills or update old ones? Interested in networking with other jobseekers? This is the place for you. If you need assistance using the databases or navigating internet resources, please contact us at the 2nd floor Information Desk or by phone, chat, or email. We’re happy to help.


Want to take things step-by-step? Check out our Getting Started Guide


*COVID-19 Resources*

New Jersey State Hiring Portal

New Jersey DOL Unemployment Resources

New Jersey COVID-19 Business Information Hub

L2B: Libraries to Business Webinar Calendar



Resume Writing

Find resume templates in Word on the library’s computers or through the Job and Career Accelerator, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, and New Jersey Career Connections. You can also build your resume from sample components through the Job and Career Accelerator.

Resume resources and live assistance are available through JobNow from Brainfuse (for PPL cardholders).

Consult the resume writing books in the booklist below and in the Business and Career neighborhood on the 2nd floor.


Events, Networking & Webinars

Check our Events Calendar for the complete listing of our current programs for jobseekers, which are free and open to the public.

PSG of Mercer County: The Professional Services Group offers Friday-morning presentations with a guest speaker and chance to network with others. Topics vary. You can also access an archive of their virtual sessions.

SCORE Princeton: Interested in starting your own business? Through SCORE, local business mentors are available to meet to discuss your ideas. By appointment only through their website. SCORE also hosts programs in the library.

L2B: Libraries to Business: Prepare for your next job or strengthen your existing business with free webinars found on L2B’s calendar, representing combined efforts and expert insights from the collaboration of New Jersey government entities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and individual experts.

NJ State Library: Find a schedule of upcoming webinars, with topics including resume tips and retirement strategies.


Job Search Websites

Glassdoor, Indeed, and Monster are just a few of the many job search websites currently popular with job seekers.

For niche job listings, check out CoolWorks for jobs in interesting locations, Idealist for jobs in nonprofit and similar sectors, and Dice.com which specializes in the tech industry.

Check out The Balance and The Muse, which include expert advice, jobseeker resources, and career help.

If you have an industry in mind, check out professional organizations within that field, which may offer job postings.


Online Courses

Brainfuse: Build your Microsoft Office skills through the Brainfuse Adult Learning Center.

Goodwill Community Foundation: Build jobseeking, tech, and other core skills. Some multilingual courses are available.

Grow with Google: Build your skills with Google products via tutorials or webinars.

Lynda.com: Through video tutorials, develop new skills and update old ones such as Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Learn Google Drive, Mac essentials, Outlook, LinkedIn and more.

Language Learning: Use library databases to brush up on or learn a new language.

 


Databases Overview

Access Video on Demand:  Use the keywords “resumes,” “career planning,” and “employment” to find job-related films.

Business Source Complete: Provides full text articles from more than 2,200 journals.

Consumer Guides (Weiss): Navigate through areas that include health savings accounts, long-term care insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, term life, homeowners, automobile, and Medicare supplement insurance, and variable annuities. Select “sign in” to enter your library card number and access the guides.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: Great for detailed profiles of more than 3000 jobs and 90+ industries, career skill advice and more.

GrantStation (In-Library Use Only): Search this database of over 9k funders that accept unsolicited grant proposals, applications, or letters of inquiry.

Job and Career Accelerator: Match your skills to potential careers, use templates to create resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and gain access to millions of job listings.

JobNow: Powered by Brainfuse, JobNow provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job. Funding provided through the American Dream Literacy Initiative of the American Library Association made possible thanks to the generosity of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO): Provides exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.

RBDigital Magazines: Filter by genres like “Business and Finance” to find titles that include The Economist, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and many more.

Regional Business News: Provides full text articles from 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires


Research a Company

Use these library databases to specifically search for company information.

Plunkett Research: Industry reference tools, market research, trends analysis, and statistics. Please read the Terms & Conditions of this resource before searching.

Reference Solutions by Data Axle (formerly Reference USA): Includes US and Canadian businesses. Ability to search by name, SIC code, keyword, industry, size, geographic location, etc. to create lists of similar business.

Value Line Investment Survey: Search company data and much more.

And don’t forget this local directory: Princeton Online Business Directory

 


Government Websites

New Jersey Career Connections: New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce’s website for job seekers. Create resumes, enhance existing resumes, access real-time job openings, and receive job search and training assistance through the One-Stop Career Centers.

State Business Portal: The State’s Business Portal has everything you need to know to run a business.

State Resources for Displaced Homemakers: From the NJ Dept. of Children and Families. Provides short-term educational or training grants to help individuals become economically self-sufficient.

Career One Stop: From the US Dept. of Labor. Of particular interest are the sections focusing on salaries and trending professions.

New Start Career Network: Webinars and virtual career coaching for long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers aged 45+. Also hosts a calendar of local events for job seekers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Search here for a wide variety of career information including the most popular careers, industry outlooks, and salary guides. Also available in print in the Reference neighborhood on the 2nd floor.



Technology Services

Printing and photocopying, both black & white and color, plus scanning and saving via email and flashdrive are available in our Business Center. Customers can send faxes from the Check Out desk for a fee.  Computers, PCs and iMacs, are available for public use. Click here for a complete list of services, printing fees, available software and more.