Uncovering the Hidden Job Market – free webinar (click here to register) – Tuesday, September 15, 11am-noon. You’ll learn how to use the library’s ReferenceUSA database to research area businesses, discover and apply to available job openings, and create marketing plans – plus get helpful tips on how to strengthen your resume. This is a live session via Zoom, so bring your questions.
Career Reboot (click here to register)– Thursday, September 24, 7-8pm. Career Coach Anne Kaiser will talk about rebooting your career, no matter what stage you’re at. In this free workshop you will learn tips on exploring new fields, reworking your cover letter and resume, a putting your best foot forward in interviews.
New resources for Connecticut residents
CT Back to Work Initiative – As Connecticut begins to reopen businesses and the economy, there are several resources available to support job-seekers and businesses get back to work quickly and safely. The state has developed partnerships to provide residents with job-training for in-demand skills, and custom job portals with open positions across the state.
On this site you can:
-Find a Job
-Get FREE Remote Job Training
-Find Virtual Hiring events
The WorkPlace – Located in Bridgeport, their program Platform to Employment Program: Creating a Pathway To Opportunity For Job Seekers is a great resource and completely free. Through Platform to Employment (P2E) job seekers find the support and services needed to get back to work. P2E helps the long-term unemployed, those who have exhausted unemployment benefits, get back to work by addressing their specific challenges. The application for this program can be found here.
Write a resume, practice for an interview, and get career advice
JobNow! –JobNow provides live help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including acing the interview, building a resume, and personality & career assessments. Take advantage of live job coaching to help you with your resume and interviewing skills. Submit your resume and receive constructive feedback.*Requires a Stratford Library Card
ReferenceUSA -Use the US Businesses link to research companies or use the US Jobs/Internships link to search for jobs. There are webinars in the Learning Center on how to best use ReferenceUSA to look for jobs.*Requires a Stratford Library Card
Career One Stop –The career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor, useful for job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources. Get resume, cover letter, and job search advice.
GotResumeBuilder.com is a free resume builder service.
Goodwill Career Center Virtual Services – While their buildings are temporarily closed, the Goodwill Career Centers are open online. Book an appointment to get help with your job search, resumes, cover letters, interview practice, and help with building your Linkedin profile. All services offered are free.
Ted Talks – An excellent site to look for career advice. Find talks that inspire your job search and help you reach your goals.
Goodwill Career Centers in Bridgeport and Shelton are now open to the public
The Bridgeport and Shelton locations are open to the public with new hours and rules in place to follow social distancing. Below are the new guidelines we will be following to ensure the safety of our staff and clients.
Contact by phone: Bridgeport – 203-581-5040, Shelton – 203-567-7975, ext 2
9AM to 3PM, Center will be closed from 12:45PM to 1:30PM for lunch.
- Bridgeport is taking up to 5 clients per hour, Shelton is taking up to 3 clients per hour. You may visit for up to an hour. Clients will be admitted up to 15 minutes into a start time. Any later an arrival you must wait until the next start time.
- Clients are limited to 1 visit per day.
- No visitors may accompany you into the center. This includes children.
- Limited 1 on 1 assistance with coaches while social distancing.
- Online assistance with job applications
- Job search navigation
- Faxing and printing
- Internet and Email Access
- Microsoft Office certifications
- Updates to existing cover letters and resumes
Build Your Skills
Hoonuit – Online learning and classes. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Brush up on the latest software, learn some design skills, or enhance your resume with a business skills tutorial.*
Testing & Education Reference Center Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. Includes sample tests for GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and more.*
SkillUp CT – Upgrade your skills, learn new skills, get ready to get back to work and earn industry-recognized certifications. To use, click on the link and create an account with Metrix Learning that will provide access to about 5,000 online Skillsoft courses in areas such as information technology, business analysis, customer service, project management, and digital literacy, among others. SkillUp CT also offers training tracks leading to over 100 industry certifications and will provide career coaching through the workforce boards. Free for Connecticut residents.
Excel Easy – Offers a tutorial (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) on how to use Excel.
GCFLearnFree.org – Offers free computer and technology training for those who are new to the computer, returning for review, or want to use technology to enhance their skills.
*Requires a Stratford Library Card
Find a job
Online job sites are an excellent way to find new job listings. Many of these sites offer an option to set up email alerts so you know when new jobs that fit your interests are posted.
CareerBuilder – Recommended by CT Dept. of Labor
CTHires – Local job listings, job fairs and recruiting sessions at CT Dept. of Labor offices
CTjobs.com – Local job listing provided by a network of local newspapers owned by the Sun Media Group.
Indeed – Recommended by CT Dept. Of Labor
FlexJobs – Work from home and flexible jobs
Glassdoor – Search for jobs, you can also find salary details, company reviews, and interview questions
USAjobs.org – The Federal Government’s official hiring site
Interview tips during COVID-19 Outbreak
You may not be able to meet a potential employer for an in-person interview. Get familiar with online and phone interviews.
Online (Zoom, Skype, WebEx, Meetings, Google Hangouts)