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The Find a Job page has links to a variety of print and web based materials to help with job searches, changing careers and benefits. For some resources, it will be useful to have your KCPL library card number.

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Local Library Resources

E-library Employment From changing careers to resumes to self employment and much more are pulled together on this one stop page for library materials. Items of interest can be placed on hold to pick up at any KCPL location with your library card and PIN number.

Learning Express Create an account with your KCPL library card number to practice for the education related tests (GED/ACT/SAT/GRE/etc), civil service and employment tests, a resume/cover letter class and more.

Live Homework Help's Resume Coaching Get your resume reviewed and advice on improvement from a professional. This site also has resume templates and tips.

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The Damn Good Resume The website of Yana Parker, author of several resume books at the library. Parker includes samples from his work for free on his web page, along with job seeking tips. Author William S. Frank shares examples of cover letters for a variety of situations and stages of the job search.

Free Resume Test Use this tool to rate your resume on seven different qualities important to employers and get advice for improvement.

How to Sign Up for Email Follow these step by step instructions to sign up for free email from Yahoo or Gmail.

Interview Tips from the Job Search Toolkit Learn about the most common questions asked by employers and the most common mistakes made by job seekers during interviews.

Job Application Guide at Get information and tips on how to fill out various types of job applications, both in person and online.

JobHuntersBible Richard Bolles writes the annual career guide What Color is Your Parachute. On his webpage, he has gathered a great selection of links and resources for job seekers. He has taken the time to describe the pages he links to. His advice makes it easy to know where to head.

JobStar Central: Sample Resume & Cover Letter Templates JobStar was created by California Public Libraries and provides samples for a variety of resume and cover letter situations. Even though this is a library website, it is ad supported.

Microsoft Digital Literacy This Microsoft site helps teach and assess the basic computer concepts and skills that are needed in today's job environment.

Resume Resource Here you will find sample resumes and links to many other sites with advice on creating a better and more effective resume.

The Riley Guide: Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet Margaret Riley Dikel has been compiling information on job hunting since 1994, which gives her a definite head start on many pages talking about the subject. Besides standard information on careers, resumes, searching etc, Dikel has also alerted job hunters to the new scams emerging in this economy.

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Job listings This site claims to list "hundreds of thousands" of available jobs in the United States. Searchable by location, job type, industry, and other factors.

Career One Stop From the Department of Labor, this page pulls together employment and benefit information in one place.

Charleston Daily Mail Local classified ads and news

Charleston Gazette Local classified ads and news

Charleston Help Wanted Focused on the Kanawha Valley employers and applicants can search for each other at this job site.

Internet Public Library- Employment Job sites and search information from a variety of sources is pulled together here.

Internet Public Library - Newspaper listings Pulling together newspapers from across the US and the world, users can follow links and then see classified ads listed in each paper. More than 400,000 job opportunities, worldwide makes this one of the online jobs database on the Web. You can search by company name, location, discipline, industry, job title, or combinations of these. The employer overview gives some background information into the company selected, the products and services, and employee benefits.

USA Jobs This is the official job site of the Federal government, with job listings and special resources for veterans and disabled persons.

Workforce West Virginia for Job Seekers A consortium of West Virginia State Government Agencies run this site for jobseekers and employers.

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Unemployment and retraining

Employment and Training Administration This federal agency is responsible for workforce development and retraining of dislocated workers.

Job Loss Help AARP has a page that articles and information particularly of interest to older employees.

Losing or Leaving Your Job Nolo, a publisher of self help legal books, has collected materials on the rights of employees when they have lost or left a job. It includes issues regarding pay, insurance, unemployment and other related topics.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) From the U.S. Department of Labor, this page describes applying for unemployment insurance by state and for federal employees and more.

Making smart financial choices after a job loss (pdf) FINRA is a group dedicated to investor education. FINRA offers pointers to the unemployed about how to handle finances.

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