College, Careers & Job Search

Test Preparation, College Information, Careers, Job Search, Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing, Entrepreneurship, Layoffs, Career Change, Career Testing.

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x12004

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College Corner

The Ridgefield Library's College Corner has resources to help parents and students with college decisions and the application process. We have the latest books and resources covering college listings, admissions and applications, the college essay, campus visits, test prep including the new SAT and PSAT, scholarships, paying for college, college living, and academic success.

The College Corner is located near the Teen Center on the upper level of the Library.

Exam Proctoring Policy

In fulfillment of its mission to be a source of support for lifelong learning, the Ridgefield Library offers proctoring for tests and examinations, under the guidelines of a policy adopted by the Library Board in July 2015.  Exams are proctored by the Adult Services Department during regular Library hours Monday through Saturday, subject to staff availability.  Appointments must be made at least 5 days in advance, and there is a $25.00 fee for proctoring, payable at the time of the exam.

See the full policy.

Complete a form to request a proctoring appointment. Submit via email to or by fax to 203-438-4558 or drop off at the Adult Service Desk.

Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Items identified by the researchIT CT logo are provided courtesy of the Connecticut State Library. Have your library card handy for log-in. Now Available!

Lynda is an online video learning resource offering more than 3,400 video courses covering a wide range of commercial software, business skills, computer programming and web development, creative and technical skills.  Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.  It is now available to all Ridgefield Library cardholders and can be accessed online – from home or at the Library (accessible from both computers and mobile devices).

Course offerings include:

  • Help with computer programs and software, Microsoft Office, Apple software, and more
  • Social media and publishing tools
  • Art, graphic and web design: everything from 3D animation to app development tools
  • Computer Programming and IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X)
  • Business and career skills: public speaking, marketing, workplace issues and more
  • Photography, video and music editing

Log onto Lynda using your library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (usually the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it).  You will be asked to create a Lynda Library account which will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials.





  Help with resume writing, interviewing, and job search. Career assessments included. Live online coaching and feedback.

Reference USA  Custom search 24 million U.S. businesses.  Explore jobs, internships and get job search help in the U.S. Jobs/Internships database. Includes U.S. Standard White Pages and U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles databases.

iCONN Newsstand
Hartford CourantiCONN Temporarily unavailable due to state budget cuts
New York Times
Wall Street Journal iCONN
Academic Search Premier
MasterFile Premier iCONN


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Have you seen these Connecticut Department of Labor resources geared for Connecticut residents?


Connecticut Labor Market Information (LMI) - All resources for job seekers and employers.

Job & Career ConneCTion - Find an occupation that is right for you. Take personality and career assessments. Search for education, training, jobs, employers and more.

CTHires - Find a job (for job seekers) and find a candidate (for employers) and more.

Connecticut Career Fairs

State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand

Connecticut Job Search Toolkit

CT Department of Labor - Find programs and services and read important labor related news and announcements.


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College Resources

College Board
Go College
National Application Center - Plan, explore and apply to college
New England Board of Higher Education
UCONN Mentor Connection - Summer enrichment experience for academically talented high school students
U. S. News and World Report Best Colleges
U. S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
FAFSA - ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid
Financial Aid Toolkit


Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook
Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections
Career One Stop

Job & Career ConneCTion
- take personality and career interest assessments, find careers
Occupational Outlook Handbook - from Bureau of Labor Statistics
State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand - from Connecticut Department of Labor

Job Resources - Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Labor, Labor Market Information (LMI)
CTHires - From Connecticut Department of Labor
- Created by a group of Connecticut's leading newspapers
DAS Employment Connection - find State of Connecticut job openings from Connecticut State Department of Administrative Services (DAS)
State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand

Job Resources - Nationwide

Most company websites have a careers section where you can search and apply for jobs. Many professional and trade associations (such as American Society of Administrative Professionals or American Nurses Association) have related job listings.

CollegeRecruiter - entry level jobs and internships for college students and recent grads
Glassdoor - inside information from current and former employees and job seekers
Idealist - for nonprofit jobs
LinkedIn Jobs
LinkedIn Salary
Snagajob - for hourly employees
USAJOBS - U.S. Federal Government's official employment site


Try JobNow for resume templates, resources, and live expert advice. Submit your resume to receive constructive comments from a resume expert. Have your library card handy for log-in, then create a username/password to access and view resume comments, usually within 24 hours. There is no need to include your name, address, email, or any other identifying information.

Need a resume template? Try Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word has a wide variety of resume templates that make it easy to create professional looking resumes. In Word 2016, type "resumes" in the search box for "Search for online templates" (which is found before you select a new "blank document.")  There are approximately 60 resume templates which include chronological and functional resumes, entry-level resumes, and professionoal resumes for sales managers, computer programmers, and teachers, and more. Many of the resume templates use designs which may be printed in color.

Library Materials

Circulating books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks on the Upper Level. College-related materials are now in the separate College Corner near the Adult Services Desk. Print magazines and newspapers are located in the Friends of the Library Reading room or ask at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and most nonfiction DVDs are shelved separately. Travel and fine arts DVDs are interfiled with books in those subject areas in the stacks.


Directories of Colleges and Universities - 378.7
College Entrance Test Preparation - 378.1662
Careers – 650.14 and 331-332
Job Search, Resumes, and Interviewing – 650.14 to 650.144
Entrepreneurship – 658
Career Change – 650.1

College Courses on CD/DVD - located near Adult Services Desk


Business Week
Fairfield County Business Journal
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
See also: General Periodical Indexes online

Also of Interest

Check here to see if we have any programs and events coming up at the Library related to college, careers and job search.

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