Library resources

Turn to local library to help find job leads


Local library resource

Your local library can be a great help in your job search. Most libraries offer free computer and internet access, as well as access to a wealth of information on their own websites.

For example, the Contra Costa Library Online offers:

  • Access to over $20,000 in subscription databases available online 24/7, plus lots more for FREE. All you need is an e-card to get started.
  • Business & Company Resource Center: A comprehensive research tool including a company directory based on Gale’s Business Directory of U.S. Private & Public Companies
  • Encyclopedia of Associations and the National Directory of Non-Profit Organizations.
  • Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business: Resources include small business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.
  • Plus lots more!

Your local librarian can be helpful in developing your list of 100 companies to pursue should they be more of a challenge to find. The librarian can also help by pointing you in the right direction regarding other job hunting resources available from the libraries online electronic databases, as well as at their branch.

Jails to Jobs: Seven Steps to Becoming Employed
by Mark Drevno
A step-by-step approach written specifically for ex-offenders.
Available through your local library:[/bscolumns]


What Color Is Your Parachute?
by Richard N Bolles
A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career–Changers
Available through your local library:[/bscolumns]


Cool Careers For Dummies
by Marty Nemko
Available through your local library:[/bscolumns]


Ex-Offenders 30/30 Job Solution
by Neil McNulty
Your Lifeboat Guide to Re-Entry Success
Available through your local library:[/bscolumns]


[bscolumns]book_300-Best-Jobs-Without-a-Four-Year-Degree300 Best Jobs Without a
Four-Year Degree

by J. Michael Farr
Available through your local library:[/bscolumns]



Other Books:

May be available through your library’s inter-library loan arrangement or buy used online through


[bscolumns]Best Resumes and Letters for

by Wendy S Enelow
Overcoming Barriers to Employment Success
ISBN: 1570232512[/bscolumns]



[bscolumns]Winning Letters that Overcome Barriers
to Employment
by Daniel Porot
12 Quick and Easy Steps to Land Job Interviews
ISBN: 1570232547[/bscolumns]


Not sure where to find your local library?

Check out Libcat: A Guide to Library Resources on the Internet

Internet Workshops: the Teaching Library at the University of California at Berkeley – Search strategies and tutorials which reflect the latest trends in search engines, directories, and evaluating web pages.